Prevent staining on crappy plastic laminate countertop
May 8, 2014 12:44 PM Subscribe
We just moved to a new apartment that has dead white plastic laminate countertops. I don't know if it's because they are old, or what, but they pick up stains ridiculously easily. If I splash tea or coffee on it and wipe it up instantly, it will leave a stain. If I'm peeling vegetables and any juice or peel lands off the cutting board, it leaves a stain. Let's not even talk about tomato sauce splashes. Is there anything I can do to the laminate to make it more stain resistant?
posted by Kriesa to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have been mostly successful in removing the stains. Most will come off if I promptly spray with Fantastic or 409 and let it sit for ten minutes before wiping. And the rest, except one, have come off with a combination of Fantastic, baking soda, and scrubbing.
But this is much higher maintenance than I'd like; I'm used to just being able to wipe up a liquid with a paper towel, or a quick spritz of cleaning solution without the need to let it soak in. I think it's not just the dead white color; there's something wrong with the laminate, because they redid one segment of the countertop, and it doesn't pick up stains the way the older parts do.
Any suggestions? I don't want to do anything that the landlord might object to. But I might be able to get permission to do something invasive like sealing it, although I've never heard of that for laminate...