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Monday's Ask the Experts: Toilet bowl acid and Formica

June 11, 2012
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: One of my janitors used toilet bowl acid in a restroom sink and spilled some onto the Formica counter top and now there is a whitish dull tint on part of the top. I tried using multi foam, and stainless steel cleaner thinking it would at least bring back the shine, but that did not work. Any suggestions?

The answer:

The Formica® website warns us: DO NOT use cleaners nor compounds containing strong acids or strong bases on laminate surfaces. These may mar, etch, corrode and/or permanently discolor or damage laminate surfaces. Their recommendation is:
• Harsh chemicals can lighten the color of laminate permanently, but the damage can sometimes ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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June 13, 2012
I did go on line and found a product called Countertop Magic. It worked great. The top is still discolored but with the countertop magic it brought back the shine and the color.