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Bleach product discolored my kitchen countertop!

Posted by Cyd1900 (My Page) on
Fri, May 17, 02 at 11:20

I used Clorox Cleanup in my kitchen to clean and disinfect. It works great! My kitchen countertops stain easily from food spills. I have used this product in the past to remove these stains without any problems. Recently, I used it on some stains around my kitchen sink and let it sit awhile before wiping it up. Now I have these yellow stains on my countertop that won't go away. Since this incident, I have found out that bleach can permanently discolor your countertops if left on too long. I don't know what material my countertop is (maybe Formica). I am desperate to remove this discoloration since I rent this place. Can anyone help me??!!


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RE: Bleach product discolored my kitchen countertop!

Bleach is not a recommended product for cleaning plastic laminate countertops. Due to EPA requirements, the chemical construction of laminate countertops are not what our mothers and grandmothers knew. You can not use strong chemicals or cleaning products on these tops. Discoloration from chemical products tends to be permanent.


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RE: Bleach product discolored my kitchen countertop!

So if you can't use bleach what can you use on light colored counter tops that can stain in seconds from things like spagehetti sauce or juice spills? Just wondering...I've been using Clorox Clean-up for quite a while. But, hey I may have figured out how the woman who used to live here stained the bathtub now! LOL

~Leslie~


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RE: Bleach product discolored my kitchen countertop!

Keeping countertops waxed with a product like Gel Gloss tends to keep stains at bay.

Here is a link that might be useful: Use & Care of Laminate Countertops


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Yeah, me too. We bought a big jug of Clorox Cleanup, it was being pushed by a vendor's rep at Costco. One year later, our white Formica bathroom counters were stained yellow. A housecleaner noticed the problem, but at first blamed the liquid Dial soap we keep on the counter. If you read the fine print on the back label of Clorox Cleanup, it says: not for use on laminates. So why didn't the rep that was pushing the product tell us? Fortunately, our beige kitchen Formica doesn't show a stain. I searched the internet for a "class action" suit against Clorox, but nothing was found. Maybe next year?


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This is strange. I have cream colored laminate countertops which stain easily (Tang is the worst culprit). I pour full-strength Clorox directly on the counters, swish around with a sponge and the stains disappear leaving the counter as good as new.


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RE: Bleach product discolored my kitchen countertop!

I've found that alternating using baking soda and vinegar works pretty well at fading stains out of old white Formica; some things react to the base, some to the acid, and over time you can reduce how visible most things are.

The baking soda is a bit of a pain to rinse, though.


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Try making a paste with OxiClean. It ahs no bleach in it so shouldn't discolor formica. I have Corian--and it works GREAT on htat! Melanie


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A baking soda paste is all I ever use; removes stains from blueberries & tomato sauce and other discolorations. Our counters are very light colored and relatively new and the baking soda does the trick.

CJ


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RE: Bleach product discolored my kitchen countertop!

I have a solution for the yellow discoloration left by bleach products on formica countertops. Try Silver Jewelry Cleaner. This will remove the yellow discoloration in seconds. I use the liquid stuff with the little basket inside the jar for the jewelry. It can be found at most stores with jewelry counters. I have purchased it at Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond ($4.99) The brand that I use is Connoisseurs Revitalizing Silver Jewelry Cleaner. Just wet a cloth and rub it on the countertop the discoloration will disappear in seconds. I have white formica countertops and have also experienced the same yellow discoloration with the use of bleach products. I promise you this really works.


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I just had this problem.

Solution = I used ARM & HAMMER SCRUB FREE WITH OXY (bathroom cleaner), sprayed on, left it there, did this a few times and the nasty yellow bleach stains are gone!!!!


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We tend to use Soft Scrub with bleach on both the kitchen sink and Formica and have never noticed staining. The gentle abrasive seems to help without scratching.


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Thanks - I used the suggestion to use silver jewelry cleaner and it worked. I had already most other suggestions but am so happy I found this site.


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The 'oxy' type bleaches and cleaners (most are hydrogen peroxide based) are less aggressive then chlorine (hypochlorite) based bleaches.

Even hydrogen peroxide from the pharmacy often works well.


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the silver jewelry cleaner is working on my late 50's formica/laminate countertop! Better living through chemistry, right? I wonder what other kinds of stains this might work on? Thank you!


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I have a white formica countertop and used Chlorox Cleanup for several years without a problem. Last year, the yellow stains began to appear after using it and any other product containing chlorox. I assumed there had been a change in the chemical makeup of chlorox. I've tried every type of stain remover and now nothing works, although Lime Away worked for a while if I left it on. I stopped using any product with chlorox, but accidently sprayed some on the countertop yesterday. I can't get it off. I thought I'd try the internet before calling the company. Thanks for the suggestion on silver jewelry cleaner! I'm headed to the store to buy some right now.


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IT WORKS!!!!

I have a white Formica counter tops and used bleach with success to pick up red wine spills and rings for over 10 years. Recently, the counter top showed yellow stains. I thought I had spilled something, so I used MORE LAUNDRY BLEACH and left puddles of it. Then I wondered if the bleach could be the problem and washed the counter, found this thread and went to BB&B to get the Connisseur's silver jewelry cleaner with the little tub in it and poured some on the counter. Five minutes later the yellow is GONE!

I noted the "This product contains a chemical known to cause cancer in the State of California" in the ingredients. So after using it on the counters I rinsed the counter very well and ditto my hands.


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Liquid silver cleaner worked for me too!

The liquid silver cleaner worked for me too! Thank you, thank you. I love gardenweb. We are selling our house and I found the stain a few days before prospective buyers were coming. More bleach made it worse. Then I found this thread, used Goddard's Silver Dip (what I had - I don't think the actual brand matters) and it's gone. I dabbed it on with a paper towel, several times. It took several hours to completely disappear, but I after 10-15 minutes I could see that it was working.


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A big thank you to "imriedel" for the post on removing bleach stains from counter tops. I could not believe the mess made by my usual bleach - totally unsightly brown/orange streaks everywhere. The silver jewellery cleaner worked like magic. I have only registered on this forum to give a big thumbs up and thank you from New Zealand for ths great advice.


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