Laminate kitchen work surfaces are among the most popular worktops on the market, favoured for their low-maintenance reputation and the variety of designs available.
However, should a mishap occur that causes a chip in laminate worktops, they are not quite so straightforward to repair as wooden worktops, which are solid material throughout, and can therefore simply be sanded back and refinished. That being said, please don’t panic if your laminate surface develops a chip: with this handy how-to guide, we provide all the information required to have your worktop looking like new in no time.
How to repair a chip in your laminate worktop
- You will need to source a laminate repair paste that is the best match for your worktop. Brands such as ColorFill offer a variety of colours and specific styles. Ensure that the product you select is suited to the type of laminate worktop you have, such as high-gloss or textured.
- Clean the damaged area to make sure it is free from dust, dirt and grease.
- Carefully fill the chip in using the matching laminate worktop filler and a steel spatula. Pull the spatula firmly over the surface to ensure that the product has been pressed securely into the hole.
- Remove any excess with the spatula.
- Use a soft, damp cloth to clean the surrounding area.
- Leave for 24 hours to allow the filler to set.
Products like ColorFill can also be used to create a seamless join between two laminate worktops, thanks to their resistance to moisture and detergent. Resistance to water is especially important when it comes to chips and joins, as this will prevent water entering the chipboard beneath the laminate surface (which would cause the material to swell).
Replace rather than Repair
If your worktop is badly damaged, it may be more cost-effective to replace the surface rather than attempt to repair it. Our range of laminate worktops start at just £60, and are available immediately from stock with delivery via our own 2Man teams.
We also offer a full bespoke laminate worktop cutting service which allows us to customise your worktop to match an existing surface. Our cutting service includes the option for creating hob or sink cut-outs, application of edging strip and creation of a mason’s mitre joint to join two or more worktops together.
If you have further questions about the care and maintenance of laminate worktops, why not read our Laminate Worktops Aftercare guide? Alternatively, please contact us and we will be happy to help with any queries.