How remove heat burn marks on laminate formica

Updated July 20, 2017

Formica is a corporation that creates laminate countertops and other surface products. Formica laminate is made of laminate sheets pressed together under high pressure. This creates a highly durable product that costs less than marble and granite countertops but can be susceptible to burning. If you sat a hot pan down on your laminate countertop and burnt it, try to remove the burn before replacing the entire countertop.

Remove light burns by applying toothpaste to the burn. Let the toothpaste sit for a few minutes. Scrub the burn out with a soft scrubbing sponge or old toothbrush. Rinse the area with water. Continue if the burn remains.

Apply lemon juice to the burn -- it acts as a bleach to lift the burn mark off the countertop. Let the juice set for a few minutes. Scrub the burn away with an old toothbrush. Rinse the area with water. Continue if burn remains.

Mix baking soda with water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the burn and let it sit for five minutes. Scrub the burn with a soft scrubbing sponge. Rinse with water. Continue if needed.

Wet a piece of 1,000- to 1,200-grit sandpaper with water. Sand the burn off the countertop by scrubbing it lightly with the wet sandpaper.


If the burn remains after following these steps, it is too deep for removal and replacement may be needed.


Not all laminate burns will come off.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothpaste
  • Soft scrubbing sponge
  • Lemon juice
  • Old toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • 1,000- to 1,200-grit sandpaper
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