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Learning From Home Renovations

Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.

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Remove Coffee Stains From A Formica Counter

If there are unsightly coffee stains on the formica counter in your kitchen, soapy water and a sponge may not be effective enough to remove them. Learn how to remove the stains completely with the following steps so that the counter is spotless and looks as good as it did when it was first installed. After you are finished, protect the counter to prevent stains from forming again in the future.


  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • sponge with abrasive surface
  • mild detergent 
  • water
  • towel

Remove The Stains

Add equal amounts baking soda and vinegar to a small bowl. Stir the ingredients with a spoon until the consistency of the mixture is creamy. Use a spoon to apply the mixture to the stains. Wait as it penetrates for several minutes. Baking soda and vinegar are both items that naturally remove stains and freshen up surfaces. Rub the mixture into the counter with a sponge that has an abrasive surface. Press down on the sponge as you move it back and forth over each part of the counter that needs to be cleaned. 

Clean The Counter And Protect It

Add a small amount of mild detergent to a bucket of warm water. Mix the ingredients until suds form. Apply the soapy water to the counter with a sponge. Remove any residue that was left behind by the baking soda and vinegar mixture. Rinse the sponge with plain water and wipe the counter again until any residue on its surface is removed. Dry the counter off with a towel.

Prevent stains from forming on the counter in the future by placing cup holders or placemats on the counter whenever you are placing beverages or food items on it. Clean the cup holders and placemats off after each use with soapy water and a sponge. If you are going to be preparing a large meal that contains several, messy ingredients, place an inexpensive tablecloth or piece of plastic sheeting over the counter. Once you are done setting up each plate that is going to be served, throw away the tablecloth or sheeting.

It is also important to never place hot pots or pans directly onto the counter. It these items are hot, they can melt the laminate or leave permanent marks in it. If you follow all of the tips, the formica laminate countertop will remain damage-free and look nice in your kitchen.