Laminate worktops are a popular budget option for kitchens, and with good reason too! For starters, laminate is relatively cheap compared to solid wood and granite, and with no sacrifice in quality either. It also comes in a huge range of finishes, from butcher’s block effect to all kinds of colourful patterns.
One of the reasons people go for laminate (other than the price) is that it is hard-wearing and resistant to damage. You don’t need to worry about slicing a lemon for your G&T and damaging the surface seal. Standing water won’t cause issues either, and unlike solid wood or granite, laminate does not require regular maintenance.
But whilst laminate worktops are hardwearing, they’re not bombproof. Over time, unless you are super careful, your laminate could sustain damage. Happily, it’s not always the end of the world when a bit of damage accumulates – you might be surprised at how often it can be repaired!
Wear and tear will naturally lead to minor scratches. It’s one of the main reasons it’s always important to use a chopping board – especially if you’re wielding particularly large or heavy knives – but cats jumping up and abrasive objects are equally to blame.
To fix scratches, clean the surface thoroughly with warm, soapy water. Wipe it with a soft cloth and then use furniture paste wax to fill in the scratches. Work it in gently so you end up with a smooth surface. Leave the wax to dry and then buff the area up. That’s all there is to it! This will ensure scratches are virtually invisible.
Chips can also be fixed, but because they’re naturally deeper, you’ll have to take more care to achieve a flawless finish. Look for a furniture repair paste in a matching colour and finish, i.e. cream gloss or black satin.
As before, clean the affected area thoroughly and make sure that no debris is trapped in the chip. Use a small spatula or palette knife to apply the filler, pressing it firmly into the hole. Wipe away any excess and leave to dry (usually this takes at least 24 hours, so you might have to be a little patient).
Stubborn stains are fairly simple, even if they’re not necessarily easy. They can generally be dealt with by using a mixture of baking soda and water. Mix the two to create a paste and apply it to the stain. Leave for a few minutes and then wipe away using a clean cloth.
We’ve all been there. A hot pan, straight out of the oven, and without thinking, we drop it on the worktop, leaving an unsightly burnt circle. If you’ve got a pale worktop or even a completely white one, it can leave particularly damning evidence of your mistake for a long time afterwards – but it doesn’t necessarily have to!
If the burned area is relatively small, remove the damaged upper layer of laminate using a sharp scalpel. Repair the area with coloured furniture paste, as we covered in the section about chip repairs above. (For larger burns though, this fix might not be practical and replacing the worktop is recommended.) Finally, damaged worktop edges will need a new laminate edging strip applied. Try and colour match for best results.
Unhappy with the fix? Not all fixes produce the desired results, so sometimes, replacement is the only option. Thankfully, laminate worktops can be customised and cut to size to fit any kitchen, so you’ve always got plenty of options! We’ve got no shortage of laminate worktops for you right here at Savoy Timber – you can browse them right here on our site, or pop into any one of our stores in Blackpool, Preston or Wigan, where one of our friendly members of staff will always be happy to help out!