How to Make Countertops Shiny

A bright, shiny countertop makes a kitchen or bathroom seem cleaner and brighter. Laminate is one of the most popular countertop materials, with many styles and finishes including gloss or matte. Over time, countertops that were once shiny and new can become dull from use, and matte countertops can start to look drab. Restoring or adding luster using a high-gloss polish will go a long way toward rejuvenating the feeling of a kitchen or bathroom.

Sleek, sharp and shiny.

Step 1

Wash the countertop thoroughly with an all-purpose cleaner, then wipe it down with white vinegar to disinfect all surfaces. Towel-dry the countertop.

Step 2

Wipe a coat of gloss gel polish onto the laminate surfaces, using a clean, lint-free cloth. Use a polish that is food-safe and intended for use on acrylic or fiberglass; do not use automobile polish.

Step 3

Leave the gel polish to dry. It will turn cloudy.

Step 4

Buff the dried, cloudy gel from the countertop, using a soft, clean, dry cloth while applying firm pressure and working in circular motions. To expedite and make buffing easier, use an electric hand buffer. The surface will have a shiny finish.

Step 5

Reapply gel polish as needed, depending on how often the countertop is used.