The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Counter Tops and Cabinets


Counter Tops & Cabinets Laminate (e.g., Formica®, Wilsonart® Laminate) can become scratched, worn and dull-looking with use. Cuts or burns cannot be repaired, so use a trivet or insulated pad to protect the surface from hot pans and always use a cutting board. Don't use knives, scrapers, sand paper or steel wool pads to remove dried stains. Wipe up cleaning solutions immediately to prevent discoloration or water damage.

  • nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner

Abrasive products can dull the finish. Products with bleach may alter the color of worn or damaged surfaces. A soft vegetable brush is helpful in cleaning textured countertops.

Solid surfacing (e.g., Corian®, Avonite®) can become cut and scratched with use, but these scratches can be removed from matte finishes by using abrasive cleansers and pads. However, avoid damaging the surface by using trivets and cutting boards.

On matte finishes,

  • nonabrasive or abrasive all-purpose cleaner

On satin or high gloss finishes,

  • nonabrasive all purpose cleaner

Wood block can warp if liquid spills are allowed to stand; wipe up spills and liquids immediately.

  • wood cleaner abrasive cleanser

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