It can be difficult to keep a laminate countertop free of scratches. Everyday activities and regular use will often leave behind a nick or scratch. Sometimes simply wiping down your countertops can make these blemishes less noticeable, but more often than not the surface needs a little more elbow grease. No matter what caused the imperfection, removing scratches from your laminate countertop can give your kitchen a fresh look without a full renovation.
How to use baking soda to remove countertop scratches
- Baking soda
- Clean soft cloth
Step 1: Dampen the cloth with water. Thoroughly wet cloth and squeeze excess water from it.
Step 2: Apply baking soda. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda onto the scratch.
Step 3: Buff the scratch. The baking soda will work as a mild abrasive to rub the scratch out.
Use the wet cloth to rub it in. Buff the area until the scratch disappears.
How to use laminate paste or filler on a counter blemish
- Laminate paste or filler
- Putty knife
Step 1: Purchase matching laminate paste or filler. Find a paste that closely matches the color of your laminate.
You can purchase the filler from a hardware store or you can contact the laminate manufacturer to see if they can recommend one.
Step 2: Apply the paste or filler. Follow the directions on the filler to apply it to the scratches on the clean laminate countertop.
You will need to apply enough layers to properly fill in the scratch. Use your putty knife to smooth out each layer so you can have an even finish.
Step 3: Allow the paste to dry. Let the filler dry for a minimum of 24 hours before wiping or using that area of the laminate countertop.
How to use furniture wax to remove scratches
- Furniture wax
- Clean soft cloth
Step 1: Buy the correct furniture wax. You should buy the wax in paste form.
Step 2: Buff wax into scratch. Use the clean soft cloth to buff the wax into the scratches.
- Note: This won’t remove the scratch, but rather camouflage it so it is not as noticeable.
Step 3: Apply wax to the entire laminate countertop surface. An even buff will give the entire countertop a uniform appearance.
Removing scratches from a laminate countertop can give your kitchen a like-new look. Simple methods utilizing baking soda, laminate paste or filler, and furniture wax are inexpensive but effective ways to get rid of or mask the appearance of these blemishes. Once your countertops are looking pristine, you may want to spiff up your stainless steel appliances to really make your kitchen look good. Want to find other easy ways to make your kitchen better than ever without resorting to a full kitchen remodel? Try organizing the pantry, cleaning the oven, or simply disinfecting all surfaces.