How to Repair a Burn Mark in a Formica Countertop

Written by michelle emery
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Formica is a brand of plastic laminate made of composite materials. Because it is durable and easy to clean, Formica is often used for work surfaces, both in bathrooms and in kitchens. If you have ever placed a hot item on your Formica countertop, you might find that you have a few scorch and burn marks once you lift up that item. The trick to removing those burns on your counter is just using something abrasive to scour off the marks; if the marks are deep, use progressively stronger abrasive materials.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Toothpaste
  • Sponge
  • Scouring pad
  • Extra fine sandpaper
  • Utility blade
  • Formica square that matches your countertop
  • Formica glue or epoxy adhesive

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    Place a small amount of toothpaste on the burn mark and gently scrub the area with a sponge. The toothpaste has grit that should gently remove the marks. If the toothpaste alone does not work, use a scouring pad. Rub the toothpaste in with the scouring pad.

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    Use extra fine sandpaper if the marks are deep, and wipe the paper across the stains and gently buff the surface until the marks have been removed.

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    Cut away a square around the burn with your utility knife if the marks will not go away or the spot is too badly burnt. Cut the same size Formica as the piece that you removed, making sure it is a tight fit, and place a bead of glue around the sides. Gently place the square onto the counter and press.

Tips and warnings

  • Similar to the toothpaste, a baking soda and water paste can also act as an abrasive to the burn marks and can remove them with scrubbing.
  • You can purchase epoxy adhesive or Formica glue at a hardware store.

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