- Wipe Formica countertops every day with a damp, soft cloth. Remove spills as they occur so stains don't have a chance to develop, and don't let liquids sit on the counter, as they can seep into the seams and cause swelling.
- Use mild all-purpose household cleaners for stains and deeper cleaning. Don't use steel wool, abrasive cleansers or scrubber sponges on formica countertops.
- Remove tough stains from formica countertops by making a paste of water and baking soda. Dab the paste gently on the stain and blot it up, but don't rub it.
- Wax Formica countertops regularly, especially if they are worn, or older. Wax will keep stains from being absorbed into the Formica. Be sure to use a wax created especially for formica.
- Don't drop heavy objects on a formica countertop. Formica is tough, but it can still be damaged.
- Use cutting boards to protect the Formica countertop, and never cut directly on the countertop.
- Never place hot pots or pans directly on a Formica countertop. Use a hot pad, heavy towel, hot plate or trivet to protect the surface from burning.
- Never use harsh chemicals such as drain cleansers, rust or lime removers or metal cleaners on or near a Formica countertop.