How to Restore a Formica Finish


Formica countertops are durable and easy to maintain, and they're available in many colors and styles. Although Formica is a sturdy surface for food preparation, because it is a plastic laminate, it is susceptible to damage from chemicals. Never use harsh cleaners and other chemicals like hairspray or nail polish remover on Formica.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean rags
  • Warm water
  • Baking soda
  • All-purpose spray cleaner
  • Car wax or beeswax
  • Clean your Formica counter top off first with a clean rag and warm water. Rinse any soap or other cleaning agents off the Formica completely, as they can damage the Formica.

  • Use a paste of baking soda and water or an all-purpose spray cleaner to remove any stains. Abrasive cleaners, even paste cleaners, can scratch a Formica surface. If you scratch the surface, it may be impossible to restore the finish on the countertop.

  • Apply car wax or beeswax with a clean rag to the surface of the Formica. Use small circular motions to apply the wax, or follow the car wax manufacturer's instructions. Then buff with a separate clean, soft cloth such as a cloth diaper.

  • Apply a lemon oil or self-stripping wax to your Formica occasionally to maintain the finish.


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