How to Fix a Burn on a Laminate Restaurant Kitchen Countertop
Laminate Restaurant countertops are easy to burn or scorch with a hot pan.
To avoid damaging your countertop at your restaurant, you should always use a trivet. You are welcome to use our restaurant slate plates for this purpose - slate conducts heat incredibly well, it's actually quite surprising how many uses a restaurant can have for our slate plates. You can use it as a warm plate, as well as a cold plate, decor, and of-course for serving food on our plates! Don't forget that you can engrave your logo on our restaurant plates, which is something that many people find to be very interesting. Make sure to contact us for more information, or visit our restaurant plates page.
However, if an accident does occur, or you don't use our restaurant slate plates (tut tut!), you can try a few different methods to fix the burn on a laminate counter.
Step 1: Create a paste with baking soda and water. Use steel wool to work the paste into the burned area, and lift the stain.
TIP: If a baking soda paste will not lift the stain on the counter, try using Ajax or Comet and water to create a paste to attempt to lift the stain.
Step 2: Use a sponge and water to remove the paste after you have finished scrubbing. Dry the area with a rag.
Step 3: Buff the countertop with carnuaba wax to provide a small layer of protection and restore shine to the area.
TIP: If your laminate counter has reduced shine all over, you can buff the entire surface with carnuaba wax.
Sometimes you won't be able to buff the burn spot away. The pan could have burned through the layer of laminate, making a serious mark that will not be able to be fixed by removing the burn marks.
Step 1: Fill the depression in the counter top left by the burn with two part epoxy and a metal putty knife. Clean the knife immediately after use. Allow the epoxy to harden for the full time recommended by the manufacturer before continuing.
TIP: Only mix enough two part epoxy for the job, paying particular attention to the required proportions. Once mixed two part epoxy must be used within 20 minutes: a chemical reaction, not outside air, is responsible for epoxy hardening.
Step 2: Sand the area with a fine grit sandpaper to remove any rough patches. Use a tack cloth or soft cloth to remove any dust that was a result of the sanding.
Step 3: Apply laminate sealant to the surface of the epoxy patch and the surrounding counter to blend the sealant.
TIP: If your restaurant counter appears to be a bit worn, clean the rest of the restaurant counter thoroughly, then apply laminate sealant to the entire surface. The sealant should restore the shine to the entire kitchen countertop surface.