Today my son started preschool in the afternoon and I was going through slight mommy withdrawal. To keep myself busy, I went to work on my new formica tabletop and tried to get that blasted stain out of it. To be honest, I didn’t have a whole lot of hope when I saw it at first but thought it was faint and no big deal. When I got it home it was not so faint. When I researched stain removal online I had a little more hope. And after working on it for an hour…well, you’ll see.
Here is the before in proper lighting, not a dimly lit back room. It’s not too awful, but I’m thinking it will probably bug me. Can I go back to the 1950s and wipe this stain up right away? And I digress. Here’s the after:
Seriously. Two different shots. Here are the methods I tried to use and failed with. Several people mentioned the wonders of a baking soda and white vinegar mixture left to sit for twenty or so minutes. Tried that. Twice. No difference. Others mentioned mineral oil/cooking oil/olive oil, but this mainly cleans light surface stains and my engrained stain laughed in that option’s face. Then I attacked it with a Magic Eraser, something I was pretty sure would work. False. I have one more option to try but that involves picking myself up and going to a store to buy a product called Countertop Magic. From the reviews it again looks more like a light cleaning product. Some people said bleach but I’ve had bad luck with it and am too chicken to try it.
What do you all think? Any recommendations? Now I’m going to look for some matching chairs. Or wildly contrasting chairs. Or a new table altogether. I’m feeling a little defeated.