How to Fix Kitchen Worktops

Updated February 21, 2017

Durable, easy to clean and available in a wide variety of styles, laminate is a common and popular material for kitchen worktops. Laminate, however, is not invincible and damages can occur. With a few simple techniques, the appearance and functionality of your worktop can be restored. Repair damages as soon as possible.

Brush away any loose debris from underneath the peeling area.

Heat an iron to a low setting.

Press the iron on the peeling area for about 5 seconds. The heat should reactivate the contact cement and adhere the laminate. Be careful not to burn the surface.

If the laminate is not sticking, add a thin layer of new contact cement to both the underside of the laminate and the wood substrate with a paintbrush.

Break a toothpick in half and use the pieces to prop up the laminate.

Remove the toothpicks once the contact cement becomes tacky and press the laminate back in place.

With a utility knife, cut the fractured end where the piece broke off so it has a straight edge.

Steal a piece of edging from a hidden area, such as the space between the oven and the worktop, to replace the broken section. Remove the piece by scoring it with a utility knife, heating it with an iron to loosen the contact cement and snapping it off.

Adhere that piece to the broken section by adding a thin layer of new contact cement to both the underside of the laminate and the wood substrate. Wait until the cement is tacky and press it into place.

Drill a hole though the worktop substrate from the underside of the worktop. Drill a hole only through the substrate, not the laminate. This will release trapped air.

Heat an iron to medium heat.

Lay a towel on top of the bubble.

Place the end of a vacuum cleaner hose over the drilled hole to suck air out while holding the iron on the towel and bubbled area at the same time. Hold for 5 to 8 seconds.

Inject contact cement into the drilled hole with a glue injector if the bubble isn't flattening. Weight the area while the cement dries.

Clean the gouge or chip to be patched with rubbing alcohol

Fill the area with a matching laminate repair filler. Repair filler is available at building supply stores and comes in a small, squeezable tube.

Level the filler with a putty knife and leave it to dry as instructed in the manufacturer's instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Toothpicks
  • Contact cement
  • Paintbrush
  • Utility knife
  • Drill
  • Towel
  • Vacuum with hose
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Laminate repair filler
  • Putty knife
  • Glue injector
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Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.