Repair Burns in Kitchen Countertops

Finding a burn mark on your kitchen countertop is frustrating. Whether your countertops are laminate, porcelain or a solid surface such as marble or granite, a burn mark diminishes the appearance of the entire surface. You don't have to replace the entire countertop just because of a burn mark. Use the appropriate products and methods for removing burn marks from your specific type of countertop to avoid damaging the surface during stain removal.

Wipe the affected area with a rag and warm, soapy water. This will remove some of the discolouration from the surface.

Squeeze a liberal coating of plain, white toothpaste onto the burn mark. Let the toothpaste sit on the countertop for 10 minutes.

Scrub the countertop gently with a damp rag to remove the toothpaste and the burn mark. Apply more toothpaste and continue scrubbing until the stain is gone.

Apply a slightly abrasive cleaner such as Comet or Soft Scrub if the mark persists. Apply the cleaner with a dry rag, let it sit for 10 minutes, then scrub the area with a toothbrush. Wipe the area clean with a damp rag.

Clean the countertop with a cleaner for your specific type of surface. Marble, granite and other solid-surface cleaners are sold at most home improvement stores.

Rub the burn-stained area gently with fine-grit sandpaper. Apply enough pressure to remove the burn stain, but not so much that you remove layers of the stone.

Clean the countertop again with the speciality cleaner to remove any residue.

Wipe the countertop with a rag and warm, soapy water. This will remove some of the discolouration from the surface.

Mix together three parts baking soda and one part water in a bowl to form a paste. Use your finger to apply a generous amount of paste to the burn mark, then rub it in gently. Allow it to sit on the countertop for about five minutes.

Scrub the area gently with a toothbrush to remove the burn mark. Do not scrub the area too hard or you risk scratching the finish.

Wipe the countertop with a rag and warm, soapy water to remove the baking soda residue. Repeat the process of scrubbing the area with toothpaste and a toothbrush, then wiping it clean until the burn mark is gone.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Dish soap
  • Plain, white toothpaste
  • Slightly abrasive cleaner
  • Old toothbrush
  • Solid surface cleaner
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.