Our highly-affordable laminate worktops are designed to be hard-wearing and resistant to scratches and moisture – but in busy kitchens, accidents can still happen. In this information guide, we have highlighted some of the easiest and most effective methods of repairing minor laminate worktop damage, along with some tips for reducing the amount of maintenance your kitchen worktop will require in future.
What should I do if…
There are small scratches on my worktop?
Day-to-day usage of any kitchen worktop can occasionally result in small scratches. Our standard laminate worktops are designed to be scratch-resistant, whilst our range of AEON surfaces are three to five times more resistant to scratches and scuffs (when compared against the industry standard).
Some specialist pastes and filler products are available, but it is generally recommended to use furniture paste wax to fill in noticeable scratches on the laminate surface.
- Start by cleaning the countertop thoroughly with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.
- Use a clean, soft cloth to work furniture paste wax into the scratches, ensuring that it is evenly applied across the entire area.
- Leave the wax to dry for a few minutes, then use a second soft cloth to buff the entire surface and create an even appearance.
There’s a stain on my worktop?If you clean your laminate worktops regularly, this practice will usually help to keep hardened stains at bay. If you come across a particularly stubborn stain, however, baking soda is an ideal natural solution.
- First, make sure the surface is cleaned thoroughly using a soft cloth and warm, soapy water.
- Mix together a small amount of baking soda and water to form a paste which can be applied directly to the stain.
- Use a sponge to apply gentle pressure to the stain, working the mixture into the surface carefully, before leaving to settle for a few minutes.
- Finish by wiping away the excess with a clean soft cloth.
What should I do if…
My laminate worktop has a chip in it?
Although laminate work surfaces are a low-maintenance choice, sometimes accidents do happen in kitchens. If your laminate worktop is chipped, it will need to be filled and re-finished in order to create a uniform finish that prevents water impregnating the fireboard core.
- Source a laminate repair paste that is the closest match to your worktop; brands such as ColorFill offer a variety of colours and specific styles. Be sure to pick a filler that will dry with the same type of finish as the rest of your surface – whether textured or high-gloss.
- Start by cleaning the damaged area to ensure it is free from dust, dirt and grease.
- Carefully apply the filler using a steel spatula. Pull the spatula firmly over the surface to make sure that the filler has been pressed firmly into the hole.
- Wipe away any excess of filler and allow the product to dry in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Finally, use a damp cloth to clean the surrounding area.
- Avoid using this part of the worktop surface for at least 24 hours to allow the filler to set.
There’s a burn mark on my laminate worktop?
The procedure for repairing burn marks is much the same as repairing chips, though you will need to start by removing the burnt laminate from the surface of the worktop. We recommend using a sharp scalpel blade to remove the affected area accurately without damaging the worktop further.
Once you have removed the damaged laminate, follow the same steps that are recommended for filling a chip (as listed above).
The edge of my laminate worktop is damaged?
Repairing edges of laminate worktops is not advisable. Instead we would suggest that the existing edging strip is removed and a new section of strip applied.
To remove the laminate edging strip you will need to separate it from the fibreboard using a Stanley knife to cut through the existing adhesive. Once this has been done, sand down the exposed fibreboard to remove any excess adhesive that might remain.
To apply a new edging strip, follow the instructions in our ‘Applying Edging Strips to Laminate Kitchen Countertops’ Nutshell Guide.
If you have followed the advice above and are still not happy with the results achieved, it may be more cost-effective to simply replace the entire worktop. At Worktop Express® our laminate worktops are very affordable, and – thanks to our bespoke laminate worktop cutting service – can be cut to size or customised with sink, hob or tap apertures prior to delivery.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Please note: this guide was originally posted on February 15th 2017 and was most recently updated on May 17th 2018.