How do I Repair a Cigarette Burn on a Sink?

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How do I Repair a Cigarette Burn on a Sink?
Repair cigarette burns on a bathroom sink with the right products and methods. (Bathroom image by Nikolay Okhitin from Fotolia.com)

A cigarette burn mark on your bathroom or kitchen sink is unsightly. The brown discolouration diminishes the overall appearance of the surface. Whether your sink is laminate, porcelain or a solid surface such as marble or granite, it is important to repair the cigarette burn mark carefully. Failure to follow the proper measures when repairing a sink burn mark can result is damage or scratches on the surface of the sink.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Rags
  • Mild dish soap
  • Plain white toothpaste
  • Old toothbrush
  • Soft scrub cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Solid surface cleaner
  • Fine-grit sandpaper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wipe down the sink with a rag and mild dish soap. This will remove some of the discolouration from the surface.

  2. 2

    Squeeze a thick layer of plain white toothpaste onto the burn spot. Let the toothpaste sit on the sink for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Scrub the area briskly with an old toothbrush to remove the burn mark. Wipe with a soft cotton rag and water to remove the residue.

  4. 4

    Scrub the area with a soft scrub cleaner and the old toothbrush if any of the burn mark remains. Apply some force when scrubbing to effectively remove the burn mark.

  5. 5

    Wipe the area with a damp rag to remove any residue. Repeat scrubbing with the soft scrub cleaner, then wipe with a damp rag, until the burn mark is gone.

  1. 1

    Wipe down the sink with a rag and mild dish soap. This will remove some of the discolouration from the surface.

  2. 2

    Make a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water in a small bowl. Spread a thick layer of the paste directly onto the cigarette burn spot, then use your finger to rub it in. Let it sit for five minutes.

  3. 3

    Scrub the spot gently with an old toothbrush. Avoid rubbing too hard or you risk damaging the finish on the porcelain.

  4. 4

    Wipe the area with a rag and water to remove any residue. Repeat this process, if necessary, until the burn mark is gone.

  1. 1

    Clean the sink with a cleaner specifically designed for the type of sink you have. Granite, marble and other solid surface cleaners are sold at most home improvement centres.

  2. 2

    Sand the burn stain gently with fine-grit sandpaper. Only sand enough so that the burn mark disappears. Avoid sanding anywhere outside of the burn stain or the sink may become scratched or damaged.

  3. 3

    Clean the sink again with the speciality cleaner.

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