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Hazed Countertop

Posted by David on April 23rd, 2003 07:18 PM
In reply to repairing mobile home cabinet tops by Shelby on April 23rd, 2003 05:25 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi Shelby,

Unfortunately if your top is a laminate, like Formica, the finish is not likely to be restorable. Often in these circumstances appyling things like automotive wax, etc. immediately look as if they will restore the finish, but as the product dries, the haze returns. Case in point; I once sat a bottle of a MILD spa additive (which unbeknownst to me was now leaking slightly) down on a counter long enough to answer the phone, and the hazy ring from the chemical burn was only removed by replacing the top.

The following information is direct from, and further explains:

Never use cleaners containing acid, alkali, or sodium hypochlorite. These cleaners will mar, etch, corrode, and permanently discolor the laminate surface. Also, make sure that bottles, rags, and other materials contaminated with these cleaners never contact the laminate surface.

Examples of cleaners containing acid, alkaline, or sodium hypochlorite include, but are not limited to:
drain cleaners
metal cleaners
oven cleaners
ceramic cooktop cleaners rust removers
tub and tile cleaners
toilet bowl cleaners
some countertop cleaners coffeepot cleaners
chlorine bleach
lime scale removers

Wish I had better news for you; good luck

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