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How do you care for a Formica solid surface?

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Care for Formica surfaces by keeping them clean, using an abrasive cleaner or bleach occasionally, and removing scratches. Rinse the area with a clean, damp towel or sponge after cleaning. The tools necessary to complete the task include a damp cloth, mild detergent or all-purpose household cleaner, abrasive cleaner, bleach, sandpaper, and a damp towel or sponge.

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  1. Clean the surface

    Wipe the surface with a damp cloth and a mild detergent or an all-purpose household cleaner. Refrain from using tile and grout cleaners or those meant for toilets.

  2. Apply an abrasive cleaner

    Remove stubborn stains by using an abrasive cleaner or a wet scrubbing pad. Go over the entire surface with the cleaner or pad to obtain an even look. Remove tea stains, food coloring and fruit drink stains by dabbing the area with bleach and allowing it to set for a few minutes, and then wipe it up with a clean, wet cloth and household cleaner.

  3. Remove scratches

    Sand scratches with sandpaper attached to a sanding block. Be sure to work in circular motions. Wipe away debris from the sandpaper, and check to see if the scratch is gone. If not, continue sanding until it is. Use 220-grit sandpaper for matte-finish Formica, 320-grit for satin finish and 600-grit for semi-gloss finish. Contact the fabricator to remove scratches on Formica with a gloss finish.

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