Clean Formica countertops with a nylon-bristled brush and a mild detergent to remove stains and debris. To enhance shine, spray glass cleaner on the countertop and dry with a soft cloth. Dry the surface completely to prevent Formica layers from separating and to prevent discoloration.
Removing loose dirt and crumbs with a soft cloth prior to cleaning Formica countertops reduces the amount of time spent cleaning. To remove stains or dried food particles, use a soft cloth, warm water and a small amount of detergent. Gently scrub the surface until the stain disappears or until food particles detach.
To remove tough stains, mix baking soda and water and apply to the countertop. Spread the mixture over the stain in a circular motion using a nylon-bristled brush. Countertops with a matte or shiny finish typically require additional cleaning to reduce streaks or to increase luster.
Rinse away excess soap with water and a dry cloth, and dry the countertop surface completely. Examine the countertop edges for food particles, and remove any existing debris using a soft cloth or nylon-bristled brush.
Protect Formica countertops from stains and scorch marks by placing towels or trivets underneath hot pots, pans or plates. Use a cutting board to prevent scratches from kitchen knives and other utensils.