How to Make a Laminate Countertop Shine Like Granite

If you appreciate the appearance of granite but are not ready to pay the price, you can follow do-it-yourself techniques to create a shiny, glossy surface on your laminate countertop. These techniques involve common household products, and you'll need to clean the counters about once a month for a glossy finish. Wax will need to be reapplied every few weeks once it wears off. Either way, with a little extra time and care, your laminate countertops will be gleaming.

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Instead of replacing your laminate countertop, use a do-it-yourself technique for restoring shine.

Shining With Cleaning Products

Step 1

Wash the countertop with soap, water and a clean sponge to remove any loose dirt.

Step 2

Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste. Apply the paste to stains on the countertop and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub with a brush and rinse with water.

Step 3

Sprinkle the countertop with an abrasive household cleaner and scrub it with a sponge.

Step 4

Rinse the countertop five or six times with clean water to remove any residue from the cleaner.

Shining With Polishing Products

Step 1

Protect your hands with rubber gloves.

Step 2

Dip a soft, clean, cotton cloth into car wax.

Step 3

Apply the wax to a clean countertop, rubbing in a circular motion.

Step 4

Allow the wax to sit for about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Wipe the counter with a clean cotton cloth to remove excess wax.