How to Repair Burn Marks on Laminate Countertops

Written by april dowling
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Known for their seamless, nonporous surface and massive style variety, laminate countertops are an affordable alternative to stone, concrete and other high-end countertop surfaces. Although laminate countertops are virtually impervious, they can acquire burn marks from hot dishware and cookware. Laminate countertops in bathrooms are susceptible to burns from hair irons and hot rollers. Regardless of their source, burn marks make laminate countertops appear dingy. Laminate countertops marred with deep, severe burns that penetrate completely through the laminate require complete replacement. Slight surface burns, however, are generally repairable with basic supplies.

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Things you need

  • Commercial all-purpose cleanser
  • 2 cleaning rags
  • White toothpaste
  • Clean toothbrush
  • Absorbent towel

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  1. 1

    Spary the burnt laminate and surrounding area liberally with commercial all-purpose cleanser.

  2. 2

    Dampen a rag with water. Wipe the damp rag across the laminate countertop to remove grime and rinse away the cleanser.

  3. 3

    Squeeze enough ordinary white toothpaste (not gel) onto the burn mark to evenly cover it. Toothpaste contains a mild abrasive that removes mild burns without scratching laminate countertops.

  4. 4

    Let the toothpaste sit on the burn mark for until dry.

  5. 5

    Scrub the burn mark with moderate force using a clean toothbrush. This scrubbing action combined with the toothpaste buffs burn marks off laminate surfaces.

  6. 6

    Continue scrubbing the burn mark until it thoroughly disappears from the countertop.

  7. 7

    Moisten a fresh rag with water. Wipe the damp rag across the laminate countertop to rinse away the toothpaste.

  8. 8

    Dry the countertop with an absorbent towel.

Tips and warnings

  • Never use steel wool, wire-bristle brushes or other abrasives on a laminate countertop; doing so may result in scratches.

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