Q:

How do you remove burn marks from a countertop?

A:

Quick Answer

To get a burn mark off a countertop, use a solution of warm water and soap, and apply some toothpaste to treat discoloration. Complete removal is more difficult on a white stone surface, such as marble, but repeating this process can get the stain out of most countertops.

 Know More

Full Answer

  1. Prepare the burn marks

    Mix several drops of liquid dish soap in a quart of warm water, and press a section of old carpet into the mixture. Wring the rug out so that it is damp rather than soaking wet. Wipe the site of the burn with this carpet piece to get rid of the deposits that build up along the edges of this type of burn.

  2. Treat the discoloration from the burn

    Squeeze some white toothpaste directly onto the burn mark, and rub it into the grain of the scorch, using a clean, soft rag or a toothbrush that you no longer use. Make sure to scrub evenly across the burn.

  3. Follow up with a countertop cleaner

    Apply a cleaner specific to the type of countertop you have. Read the directions on the packaging, as the cleansers for different surfaces have significantly different application processes. Use fine-grit sandpaper if burned edges of the mark remain after all of these steps, and follow up with a countertop polish to give the surface an even finish.

Learn more about Stain Removal

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How do you clean mirrors?

    A:

    To clean a mirror, wipe it with a soft rag dampened with a solution of warm water, distilled white vinegar and organic dish soap. Use two parts warm water, one part distilled white vinegar, one drop organic dish soap, a soft rag and a microfiber cloth to complete this task.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you clean yellow ivory keys?

    A:

    Buffing with toothpaste and cleaning with milk helps remove yellow staining from ivory keys in many cases. An ivory scraper is necessary to remove particularly difficult stains. Exposing the keys to direct sunlight can prevent them from yellowing in the future. Plastic keys, however, should not be exposed to sunlight, as this can cause them to become discolored. To determine if your piano is made of pure ivory keys, look at the keys closely. You should see a fine, straight split in the keys. This indicates that the keys were bonded together using only ivory pieces. Keys made of other materials do not have this separation.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you remove permanent marker from wood?

    A:

    To remove permanent marker stains from wood, cover them with oil, wait five minutes, wipe the oil off, scrub the stains with toothpaste, rinse and buff the wood, and treat any remaining stains with commercial stain remover. This 45-minute process requires penetrating wood oil, rags, toothpaste, water, soap and commercial stain remover.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you remove permanent marker from metal?

    A:

    Remove permanent marker from metal by spraying WD-40 on the mark. Let the spray sit on the mark for a few minutes before wiping it away with a clean white cloth. Make sure to turn the cloth to a clean area before a second wipe.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore