One nice thing about laminate, though, is that it is actually quite easy to clean! It usually doesn't stain very badly, and it can be cleaned with a whole range of products from simple soap and water to vinegar to bleach.
My own laminate countertops are pretty much the ugliest ones I've ever seen; they have a raised texture that is sort of like awful faux leather or old skin. I have no idea what the people who put this kitchen in were thinking. So I use a scrub brush to wash up after kneading dough or serious baking. It's the only way to get the texture really clean; otherwise dried flecks of dough will just linger, stubbornly. For lighter cleanup I just use very hot water, a sponge, and maybe a touch of dish soap.
What about you? How do you clean your laminate countertops?
(Image: Faith Durand)