How to Clean Laminate Countertops
Countertop material is an important component on both the aesthetics and the practical functionality of your bathroom. Each type of countertop carries its own specific cleaning dos and don'ts, but the most important thing is getting the job done without discoloring or damaging your surface.
Laminate countertops are made of a mix of plastic, paper and board. Generally, the best way to clean laminate countertops is to wipe up any spills immediately and avoid cleaning with too much water.
Cleaning your laminate countertops with mild dish soap and water will work just fine, but won't help much in the way of polishing. Each time you use a liquid soap, it leaves behind a thin layer of residue. Over time, this later can get thick enough to dull the surface of the counter. It can also seep below your sealant and cause unsightly darker areas, usually around faucets and over-mount sink edges.
Another popular home remedy is baking soda, but cleaning too carelessly with an abrasive will inevitably lead to scratches and a dull surface.
Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner removes grease and grime from countertops, while the biodegradable* formula makes it safer for use in the bathroom. The powerful degreaser also wipes away fingerprints and removes stains, leaving behind a streak-free surface.
We recommend that you clean countertops daily and disinfect them twice a week. Learn how to disinfect countertops here.
Directions for Cleaning Laminate Countertops:
- Clear countertops. Move any surface items to a different area.
- Mix your Simple Green solution. Mix 1 oz. of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner with 4 cups of clean water in a spray bottle.
- Apply Simple Green. Spray the solution onto the countertop. If you're cleaning a lot of counter space, spray section-by-section so the spray doesn't dry before you can wipe it up.
- Scrub, if necessary. Use a non-abrasive sponge or soft cloth for a clean surface without scratching your counters.
- Wipe away. Thoroughly wipe down the counter with a damp sponge, microfiber cloth or paper towel to ensure a residue-free surface.
- Air dry. Allow the surface to dry completely before replacing any items.
* Biodegradable formula: This formula decomposes into elements found in nature within six months after disposal into a typical sanitary sewer or septic system.