Q: We just moved into a new home that has Formica kitchen countertops. Our previous home had ceramic tile. Can you give me some tips on how to care for this surface? - Ron
A: The surface you refer to is called plastic laminate or, more commonly, Formica. It can be washed with a damp rag and wiped dry. Never use abrasive cleansers on plastic laminate because it will scratch the surface and eventually remove the finish. Most stains can be removed by squeezing a fresh lemon over the ugly area. Let it soak for about half an hour, then sprinkle some baking soda over the lemon juice. Scrub it with a terry-cloth rag, rinse and wipe dry.