Removing Scratches From Laminate Countertops

counter scratches Typically I do not find myself at a loss for words. But today is an exception. I just spent the last three days at a conference with over 500 other bloggers and I am All. Talked. Out. :-)

So I hope you will forgive me if you find today’s post to be a little bit short on words. I actually took the pictures for it over a year ago but never used them because I honestly didn’t know how I could make a whole post out of it. But today, since I’m all squawked out anyway, it’s actually the perfect post for the circumstances.

Are you ready for this? Let’s go.

If you have light-colored laminate countertops (like I used to have) you are well-acquainted with this issue. Certain pots and pans or other cookware often leaves dark scuffs or scratches on the surface that can’t just be wiped off. Not even spraying a little kitchen cleaner will do the trick. But one simple ingredient that everyone has in their pantry makes this a super easy fix.

How To Remove Superficial Countertop Scratches

Items needed:

  • Baking soda
  • A wet rag

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Sprinkle baking soda onto the countertop scratches.

(To learn how to make this handy dandy mason jar shaker top….CLICK HERE.)

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Take a clean rag, get it wet and rub until the scratch or scuff is gone.

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OK….that might have been a bit over-simplified, but that’s really all there is to removing most superficial scratches from light-colored laminate countertops. Baking soda is a superfine abrasive that is powerful enough to remove dark marks without actually etching the surface. Plus, the baking soda and the water from the wet rag soak up and trap the dirty scratches and all you have to do is rinse it out.

How’s that for short and sweet? I’m willing to bet this is the shortest post I’ve ever done, but at least it’s done, and now I can sleep. :-)

Many thanks for your understanding from a very tired blogger.  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • I believe I have an even simpler solution to removing dirty scratch marks from laminate counters. I have always used a damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and a little 409 or other household cleaner. The Magic Eraser and liquid cleaner actually remove the dirt in the scratches as well as dirty marks on the counter. I’m pretty sure the scratches aren’t removed, just cleaned out so they don’t show. You’d have to use a real abrasive cleaner to remove them (like sanding till smooth) but then you’d lose the pattern and finish as well.

    Once they are clean, try using a counter top polish to help keep them clean. I use Hope’s Counter Top Polish, or Gel-Gloss. You should be able to find them in places like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

    One more thing: A Magic Eraser removes permanent ink from markers such as Sharpie. It’s on there permanently even though you try various cleaners, but that Magic Eraser works wonders!

  • I tried to remove the scratches on my laminate countertop in the bathroom with this solution. Unfortunately, it didn’t do a thing, unlike MANY of your other solutions which are FANTASTIC, ie, the wrinkle releaser is off the charts!!! Louise

  • Jillee,
    You are too good to us!! We would have understood if you took the day off and just slept! Thank you for this post. Albeit short, it is still helpful and I love that mason jar lid you created!! So clever. I’d love to hear from other readers what type of counter they have & why they like it or not. I need to replace my counters (currently laminate) and have been looking at either quartz or granite. Any suggestions/opinions??
    Hope you get some much needed sleep!!

  • Gotta love baking soda. My favorite baking soda dispenser is an old grated cheese container.
    So is the scratch really gone or is it just so clean it blends in?

  • My 19 year old countertop was without stains, scratches until a week ago when something was left on the countertop and bleached it and took off the finish do you have any ideas on how to get the color back? I have an oval ring that matched the bottle

  • Baking soda has been my favorite ‘cleanser’ for many, many years. Also great at cutting greasy jobs (like cleaning the stove & hood). Also great for getting any film residue off non-stick pans that are no longer ‘non-stick’ (the result of using non-stick spray on non-stick pans) by making a paste with water,
    My other favorite cleaning product is the magic eraser. Love, love, love it! It will take all kinds of marks & stains off those laminate counters – tea, coffee, MARKER, rust, etc. Also cuts thru greasy jobs great & doesn’t leave the little messy crumbles like baking soda, although, I have combined the two on some stubborn problems.
    A word of caution using the magic eraser: careful using on plastic as it can scratch. I used it on a plastic insulated tumbler to get the sticky from the label off & it left a lot of scratchy hazing on it.

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