Laminate Countertop Burns Prevention and Repair

Our top tips to prevent burns on laminate countertops, and solutions just in case the worst happens. 

Hot cookware can leave permanent burn marks on many countertop surfaces, including laminate. That’s why we always recommend using a protective barrier such as a trivet (or hot plate, if you may) as a resting place for oven fresh pots and pans. It’s also a good practice to use trivets underneath appliances that get hot, such as waffle irons.

Heat is a welcome element for cooking, but make sure you keep it off the laminate countertops in your kitchen. Hot cookware can leave permanent burn marks on many countertop surfaces, including laminate. That’s why we always recommend using a protective barrier such as a trivet or a hot plate as a final resting place for oven- or stovetop-fresh pots and pans. It’s also a good practice to use trivets underneath appliances that get hot, such as waffle irons.

Trivets have come a long way over the years… right into modern kitchens. Today’s trivets are available in all sizes, shapes, materials and designs to suit any style. Not only functional, they can also serve as a fun accent for your kitchen decorating ideas. Take a look at PINTEREST's display-worthy trivets.

For those of you whose laminate countertops have had unfortunate experiences with hot cookware … sadly, there is no way to turn back time. Take heart, it doesn’t have to mean the end of a good-looking countertop. If you have some moderate DIY countertop skills, you can try one of these clever solutions:

1. For small burn marks, cut out the damage and apply a filler product.

2. For larger areas, cut out the damage and insert a Surface Saver cutting board or trivet.

3. For countertops with straight or beveled edges, resurface over the existing laminate with a new piece of laminate.

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