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Can you tell me how to remove a burn mark from wooden worktops?

Today’s ‘Question of the Week’ was sent in by Brian from Birmingham. Brian is concerned about a burn mark that has appeared on his kitchen worktops and would like to know if there is any way to repair this.

Question:

“I bought your wooden worktops a few months ago and have been really pleased with how fantastic they’ve looked from the start – though now that I’ve built up several layers of Danish oil they look even better! However, the other day I left a hot pan on the work surface and forgot all about it, and now there is a scorch mark – how can I repair it?”

Answer:

Hi Brian,

First of all, thank you for choosing to buy your worktops from us; we are pleased to hear that you are impressed with the outstanding look of our real wood surfaces.

Thanks, too, for sending in your question about wood worktop repair. One of the many great benefits of our worktops is that they are constructed from 100% solid timber, making them one of the easiest surfaces to repair. You can even repair them yourself – without requiring any specialist equipment – removing the need to pay additional labour costs for an external contractor.

Burn marks on worktops are easy to repair in just a couple of simple steps:

Sand the damaged area with 240 grit sandpaper until the scorch mark is completely removed. This is fine-quality sandpaper, which will help achieve the best possible result, though it may take a little time to eradicate the mark.

Re-apply several layers of Rustin’s Danish Oil to the affected area, allowing each coating of oil to dry before applying another. This will build up the level of colour and water resistance again, and should be repeated until the worktop has a uniform finish.

For more information on how to keep wood worktops looking their best, please read our Solid Wood Worktop Aftercare Guide.