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Old 04-09-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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Does anyone know a way to get water marks off counter tops?

I have what I can only assume are white water marks on my counter tops and nothing seems to get them off It's like small areas of a white-like caste.

Also the metal in my shower is black in some areas.... have no idea why... it's like a stain on the metal.

Can anyone help?
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Does anyone know a way to get water marks off counter tops?

I have what I can only assume are white water marks on my counter tops and nothing seems to get them off It's like small areas of a white-like caste.

Also the metal in my shower is black in some areas.... have no idea why... it's like a stain on the metal.

Can anyone help?
You did not tell us what the materials are. Sounds to me like you have some damage from acid on the metal and maybe the top. If it is stainless, acid will leave black spots that seem like they will not come off. It only gets worse with time as the acid will keep etching the metal. Use baking soda and a brillo pad to neutralize and remove stain.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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Pictures? Have you tried vinegar.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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Not sure how I'm getting acid in the shower where the metal is, but I will try the baking soda... thank you.

The counter tops are laminate. Does that help? I've tried scrubbing the marks off but it doesn't work. Is there a finish or something I could use to get rid of the marks?
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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I don't have a camera right now to take a picture but it's formica laminate.

I'm pretty sure it's a water mark stain, the color of the counter is black and it's a white-ish mark on top of the black that won't go away with normal cleaning.

Am I the only one who has gotten this type of mark? anyone? I'm at a loss as to how to get rid of it. I also wondered if there is a product to put shine back on the surface and maybe that would get rid of the mark?

ps- I did try vinegar it didn't help. It's like the cleaners aren't penetrating the finish, that's why I wondered about something to renew the finish?
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Watermarks on laminate can be removed with denatured alcohol- wipe repeatedly with clean cloth saturated with denatured alcohol, continue until mark is gone.
To eliminate a recurrence of watermarks (other than not using or touching it at all), use car paste wax if it's a high-gloss laminate. Not recommended for textured laminate.
I use car paste wax on cultured marble all the time- granted I don't prep food on cultured marble- but, before the pundits come out of the woodwork- car paste wax applied and buffed has as much of a chance of poisoning you as you do winning the lottery.
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:26 PM
 
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Watermarks on laminate can be removed with denatured alcohol- wipe repeatedly with clean cloth saturated with denatured alcohol, continue until mark is gone.
To eliminate a recurrence of watermarks (other than not using or touching it at all), use car paste wax if it's a high-gloss laminate. Not recommended for textured laminate.
I use car paste wax on cultured marble all the time- granted I don't prep food on cultured marble- but, before the pundits come out of the woodwork- car paste wax applied and buffed has as much of a chance of poisoning you as you do winning the lottery.
Thank you very much! I will be getting some denatured alcohol later today. I have the textured laminate so I can't use the car wax.... can you think of anything else that would help textured laminate?
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:03 AM
 
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The denatured alcohol didn't work. After using 3/4 of the can with no change I gave up.

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Old 04-14-2011, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Well, assuming it's Formica brand laminate (most are made the same way)-
Here's the "care and maintenance" from Formica-
http://www.formica.com/documents/Laminate_HPL&CC2_UseCareWarr_012510.pdf (broken link)

Other than a few name brand cleaners you'll see the baking soda method and the mention of denatured alcohol. If you truly have a waterspot (which it's not sounding like) either one of those should have remedied the situation. It's starting to sound more like an acid stain- there's no remedy for that. Especially on the textured laminate.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:34 AM
 
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Default It works

Sorry... this post comes years later but maybe it can help someone currently experiencing this problem. I had the same problem with eye-sore water/acid stains in my laminate counter top. I was on the brink considering purchasing a new countertop when I stumbled on the answer.
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For the most part my laminate counter is in great condition after 14years. The side between the stove and sink somehow was logged water/acid stains. I tried everything...vinegar, baking soda, majick erasers..etc. They also seem to make the problem worst. Finally I tried a good quality LEMON OIL and that did the trick. There is no build-up with a good lemon oil. The main base in lemon oil is mineral oil. Re-apply as needed. I now use counter mats to preserve my 14year old laminate counter and to prevent further damage. Hope this helps!
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