Usually I use the same rag I just washed the dishes with after I rang all
the dish soap out of it, but it seems there is probably a better way. They
look and feel clean after I'm done but I would like to hear how some other
people do it. Thanks in advance for any advice.
Do you really mean linoleum countertops? Haven't heard of anyone having
those in years. When I was a kid in the 1950s we moved to a house that had
a kitchen with "battleship linoleum" covering the floor, walls, and kitchen
counters. I remember my parents using a wax stripping solution to get down
to the real surface of the linoleum, then using paste wax to thoroughly
seal and polish it. This was repeated on the walls one a year, on the
floor about every 3 months, and on the counter about once a month. Daily
cleaning of the counter was the same as you have done, with a somewhat
soapy dishrag followed by a clear rinse and drying. It was always
spotless. Of course, back then it was really soap in the rag and not
I have painted Formica countertops with great success. Sand lightly,
paint with two coats of good undercoat paint- tinted the color you want.
I use satin finish. I have also covered them with contact paper-in a
rent house where I couldn't do anything permanent with them.
I have also had great success. I use a primer which bonds to the laminate
then tint (if desired) then a few coats of polyurathayne for a durable
surface. If you can faux finish your results can be incredible.
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