Avoiding ... and Repairing ... Burn Marks on Laminate Countertops
It’s summer and the heat is on … but make sure you keep it off your kitchen countertops. Hot cookware can leave permanent burn marks on many countertop surfaces, including laminate. That’s why we always recommend using a protective barrier such as a trivet (or hot plate, if you may) as a final resting place for oven- or stovetop-fresh pots and pans. It’s also a good practice to use trivets underneath appliances that get hot, such as waffle irons.
Trivets have come a long way – they are available in all shapes, materials and sizes with various degrees of ornamentation. Check out Pinterest and Dwell Magazine’s round-up to find display-worthy options.
For those of you whose laminate countertops have had unfortunate experiences with hot cookware … sadly, there is no way to turn back time. It doesn’t mean the end of a good-looking countertop, however. If you have some moderate DIY skills, you can try one of these clever solutions:
For small burn marks, cut out the damage and use a filler product such as Seamfil (800-837-4971) or FormFill (888-536-0042).
For larger areas, cut out the damage and insert a Surface Saver cutting board or trivet.
For countertops with straight or beveled edges, resurface over the existing laminate with a new piece of laminate. Download directions at formica.com.