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Removing Stains: Plastic Laminate
Some suggestions for specific types of stains: Plastic laminate resists
normal household staining problems-it shrugs off children's crayons and
most spilled drinks.
Some fruit drink, tea and coffee stains can be difficult to remove, as
can glass rings, water marks and fingerprints. A thorough cleaning with
a mild detergent or a household cleaner and soft bristle brush are
Newer food dyes used in beverages and gelatin dessert mixes stain very
quickly, especially red shades. If some is spilled, wipe up at once. To
remove the stain, pour rubbing alcohol on the area and spread with your
hand. Let stand a minute, and then apply chlorine bleach directly to
the stain and let stand a minute. Rinse with clear water. OR try a
solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water for a minute, and
FORMICA brand laminate resists many chemicals, including alcohol and
most cosmetics and drugs. Take care when using bluing or laundry
bleaches or hair dyes and rinses. These chemicals can cause permanent
Take care with plastic laminate counters when using indelible inks,
such as felt marking pens. Food pricing labels sometimes use indelible
inks that can transfer onto a laminate surface. To remove such stains,
use full strength Pinesol or household spray cleaner and allow it to
draw out the stain. Blot away with a damp cloth, then rinse. Solvents
such as denatured alcohol may also be used. CAUTION: Most solvents are
extremely flammable; keep away from flame or electrical sparks.
Chlorine bleach may be used by dampening a cloth sparingly and blotting
onto the stained area for no longer than a minute. Then, rinse
thoroughly with warm water.
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus,
with reference from the Formica Corporation.
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