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Posted July 24, 2012 by HomeOwnerOffers in Home Improvement
 
 

How to Fix Countertop Stains and Scratches



Keeping your kitchen counters looking shiny and new is a great way to maintain the value of your home, but it’s not always easy to avoid stains, scratches, burns and other marks that result from everyday wear and tear. No matter what your countertops are made of, there are a number of methods you can use to hide and repair counter mishaps.

Laminate

Minor problems are fairly simple to fix when it comes to laminate countertops, though deep gouges and burns may require professional assistance or even a new counter.

  • Scratches can be covered with countertop polish or car wax.
  • Small chips can be fixed with laminate repair paste. For major gouges, you may have to replace the damaged section. The only tricky part is finding the matching color.
  • You can fix peeling laminate by applying contact cement to both surfaces and pressing it back into place.
  • Coffee and tea stains can be removed with vinegar, or with a paste made from baking soda and a household cleaner.

Tile

It’s always a good idea to stockpile a few extra tiles so you can replace any that become damaged. If you don’t have matching tiles handy, you can fix problems in a few ways.

  • Repair cracks by working epoxy glue into the crack with a toothpick, then coloring it with an oil-based artist paint that matches the tile color.
  • Wipe scratches away with a bit of toothpaste on a clean cloth.
  • Old grout can be removed with a utility knife, and then replaced with a rubber trowel.

Granite

Granite is one of the most durable kitchen counter materials you can get, but even this tough surface can suffer from wear and tear.

  • Stain removal methods for granite depend on the nature of the stain. Grease, oil, ink and bleach can be removed with a paste of flour and hydrogen peroxide. Wine stains can be removed with a mix of flour and bleach.
  • Small chips, cracks and scratches are also fixable. Clean the area first with acetone, then fill in the cracks with layers of epoxy resin colored to match the granite. Make sure you open a window when you start working, and reseal the area after you finish.

Stainless Steel

  • Remove stains with a paste made of baking soda and dish soap.
  • Buff away scratches with vegetable oil and a clean cloth.