Start by cleaning the scratched area of your laminate worktop with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth to remove any dirt or staining that may have started to settle in the scratch. If the stains are too stubborn, use a little rubbing alcohol on the scratch instead.
Once you’ve dried the area, remove scratches from your laminate worktop by applying furniture paste wax to the scratch with a clean cloth, working it into the crevice if the scratch is deep.
Leave the wax to dry for a few minutes, then use a new cloth to buff the rest of the worktop; this will ensure an even appearance across the whole surface.
Granite is known for its durability, so it’s rare that you will noticeably scratch it. However, in the event of damage, it is possible to remove scratches from granite worktops.
Start by washing your worktop with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. Don’t be afraid to use pressure when washing your granite worktop, as some scratches may disappear just with some light scrubbing.
If this doesn’t work, step it up with a grade 0000 steel wool pad. While the counter is still wet, buff the surface in a circular motion.
Diamond sanding pad
If the scratch still remains, you’ll need a diamond sanding pad. This approach has a risk of causing further scratching due to diamond’s hardness, so start with a 100 grit pad and gently scrub the surface, applying light pressure and keeping the area wet. Repeat with an increased grit until you see results.
Like granite, quartz is almost impossible to scratch, but it can happen! In the event of a scratch, prepare the surface by washing it with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth.
To repair a scratch in a quartz worktop, you’ll have to fill it in. Specific quartz repair fillers are available, but you can also use a fast-setting super glue. Carefully apply the glue into the scratch or crack, taking care to wipe up any spills immediately before the glue dries.
Wait for the glue to dry (this should take around 24 hours), then use a razor blade to carefully remove any excess glue from the surface of the scratch. Finish by cleaning the whole worktop to remove any remaining debris.
Marble is a chic and elegant feature in any kitchen, but, unfortunately, it’s also fairly soft, making it vulnerable to scratches. You can take steps to protect your surfaces by putting down coasters, placemats and cloths when placing items on your worktops, but it’s difficult to guard against every scenario.
Over time multiple scratches will make your surfaces look scuffed and messy, so it’s important you know how to remove scratches from your marble worktop.
As with any worktop, start by cleaning to remove any dirt. Gently sand the scratched area with fine grain sandpaper or very fine steel wool. When the scratch has faded, buff the surface with marble polish and allow to air-dry. Re-wash and buff as needed to restore the counter’s shine.
This method will only work for small scratches; if the scratch is too deep to remove yourself, or you don’t feel confident repairing the scratch, you should consult a professional.
Stainless steel is a slick, modern material for kitchens, but scratches can spoil its polished finish.
Apply a non-abrasive cleaner to a moist cloth and vigorously rub the scratched area. Be sure to go with the grain of the steel, as working against the grain can make the scratches worse. Periodically wipe away the cleaner to check on your progress.
When the scratch appears to have gone, dry the surface and finish with a polish to restore its shine. If the scratch hasn’t gone, you will need to move onto a new approach.
Toothpaste is a slightly more abrasive solution than cleaner, and can sometimes remove scratches that cleaner can’t.
Apply a small amount to a soft toothbrush, as before working with the grain, taking note of your progress, and finishing with polish if the scratch is removed.
Sandpaper is your last remaining option for removing scratches from stainless steel worktops and should be approached cautiously. Check with your manufacturer first to confirm what grit is recommended.
Wet your sandpaper and the surface before starting to lightly sand the scratch along the grain - it’s important to keep the area wet as you work.
Keep switching to a coarser grit if needed until the scratch is gone. Then, revert to a lighter grit and sand the rest of the surface to maintain the consistency of the surface.
When you’re done, wipe the surface with a wet cloth to remove the grit from the sanding process, continuing to move with the grain, then dry and polish.
One thing to note is that stainless steel comes in various grades and finishes, so while the above approaches will work for most home surfaces and appliances, it’s worth double-checking with the manufacturer before you start.
You should now have an idea of how to get scratches out of your worktop, but if unsure you should always consult a professional or the manufacturer to ensure you don’t further damage your worktops.