Formica Countertop -- Film

kgkgkgkgnyFebruary 21, 2011

We have fairly new formica countertops, about 3 years old. They are a granite-like pattern with a medium (not glossy) texture. Recently we have noticed a tan colored film on the top in areas that are susceptible to standing water, like behind the sink. We have tried the usual methods to remove the film: soapy water, glass cleaner, vinegar, but the film returns after about a day. The film does NOT have any texture, we cannot feel it on the surface, but it is unsightly. I have thought about using something like CLR, but wanted to get a few suggestions and opinions before taking this step.

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graywings123

I would try gently rubbing it with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Another approach, if you can't remove the stain, would be to polish the Formica with a paste wax (car wax).

Could you take a photo of the area and post it here?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 9:40AM
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mike_kaiser_gw

Have you considered contacting the manufacturer of the laminate and asking for their help? They should know what cleaners work best with their product.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2011 at 11:48AM
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trancegemini_wa

It's sounds like calcium build up from the water? CLR is probably the only thing that will shift it.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 4:23AM
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arizonny

Try using hot vinegar. Put a couple layers of paper toweling over the spot and saturate it with the vinegar. Let it sit for an hour or longer. Re-wet if necessary.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 10:38PM
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