How To Get Scratches Out Of Kitchen Worktops Easily

Most kitchen worktops are designed to withstand a lot of wear and tear. But, it is inevitable that, at some point in time, you’ll end up with some scratches in an area where sharp knives are often used. This is particularly the case if you are someone who likes to cook on a regular basis.

wooden board with knife, tomatoes on modern kitchen countertop

So, what can you do if your worktop is scratched and in severe need of repair or painting? Continue reading to find out how to get scratches out of different types of worktops and repair them effectively so that you can reduce the amount of maintenance your kitchen will need in the near future. Roll up your sleeves now and let’s get to work!

Common types of worktops

There are certain types of worktops that you’ll probably see in kitchens. There are:

  • Laminate
  • Stainless steel
  • Granite 
  • Quartz

We’ll walk you through every single one of them so stick with us!

How to get scratches out of laminate kitchen worktops

To make your laminate worktops look like new again, there are various methods that you can try. Let’s take a look!

Dish soap and baking soda

For this method, you have to follow the steps below:

1. Dip a clean rag in soapy water

Dampen a clean, soft rag in warm water. Pour a few drops of dish soap onto the rag and rub it into the fabric to properly distribute it.

dish soap and a bowl with soapy water and sponge

2. Use the rag to clean the surface of the worktop

Using the rag, gently wipe clean the entire surface of the worktop paying particular attention to the scratched area. To make sure the scratch is clean, apply some pressure when rubbing it with the rag.

3. If the worktop is particularly dirty, use a disinfectant

If the surface hasn’t been cleaned in a while or has spots of grime, use a home disinfectant spray and a clean rag to wipe it down. Wipe the scratch a few times to ensure that it is completely clean.

Avoid using abrasive cleaning equipment on your laminate, as well as strong cleaning chemicals that include acid.

4. Dry the worktop now using a clean towel

Wipe away any extra moisture, soap, or disinfectant. Before you apply some type of polish, make sure the surface of the worktop is fully dry. You can also let the surface air-dry instead of using a towel.

5. Buff off the scratches 

Baking soda is a very fine abrasive, so it will rub away the scratch easily. Wet a soft cloth and squeeze away the excess water. Apply baking soda to the surface of the scratch, buffing it away with the moist cloth until the scratch is gone.

Baking soda isolated on gray background

Wax

Ready for the second method? This is what you need to do:

1. Apply furniture wax to a soft cotton cloth

Use the cotton cloth to cover your fingertips and brush it across the wax to get a small quantity on the tips of your cloth-covered fingers. Make sure to get enough wax here and perhaps a cotton T-shirt will be just fine to get the job done. You can always use car wax to remove your car scratches, as an alternative to furniture paste wax.

2. Carefully rub the wax into the scratch in circular motions

Apply the wax to the scratch and rub it in gently with the cloth. If necessary, apply another coat of wax to the scratch. Don’t worry if you put too much wax on the scratch. You’ll be cleaning it away afterwards.

3. Apply a little layer of wax to the rest of the worktop 

Because the wax has a thin gloss, it’s important to apply a small layer to the rest of the laminate worktop to make it look shiny and lovely. 

Dip your cloth in the wax once more and gently brush it across the worktop in circular motions until it is completely covered in a thin layer. The wax layer will also protect the laminate from further light scratches.

4. Once the wax has set for a few minutes, buff the laminate

After letting the wax sit for a few minutes, buff the surface using a clean cotton cloth to remove any excess wax. To ensure the laminate has a level coating, use uniform, circular motions along the whole surface.

Allow the wax to dry and set on the work surface for about 20 minutes. You can also check the label on your wax container to determine the exact drying time you need here. Normally, 20 minutes is just fine.

Laminate filler

Method number three! Let’s see how you can do it!

1. Choose one that complements the colour of your worktop

A variety of laminate repair fillers can be found at your local hardware shop. Perhaps the best way to get one that matches the colour of your worktop is to bring a picture of your worktop with you when you go to buy one. 

2. Squirt the filler all over the scratch using a squirt gun

Pour it onto the scratch and then apply it to the whole surface. Don’t worry if you apply too much. You’ll be able to remove any excess material afterwards.

3. Work the filler into the scratch using a plastic putty knife

Swipe the knife over the scratch several times in order to get a flat and solid surface. Stick to a putty plastic knife and avoid using a metal one. If you use a metal knife, you may well end up with some knife marks and small scratches on the surface of your worktop, instead of eliminating them.

4. Scrape off any leftovers

Scrape the putty knife over the surface to level it out once the scratch is completely filled. Keep on doing this until you have a smooth and even surface. 

5. Allow 24 hours for the filler to set

Allow for a full day of undisturbed time for it to set. It may look dry before then, but it will be fully dry in 24 hours.

6. Use a paper towel to wipe down the surface for a fast clean

Once the laminate filler has dried, wipe down the surface of the worktop with a clean paper towel or rag for a few minutes. Swipe the paper towel over the scratched area several times so that you can remove any excess material.

Paper roll on a kitchen worktop

How to get rid of scratches out of stainless steel worktops

What about this kind of worktops? No worries! We’ve got you covered!

Non-abrasive cleaner

All you need to do is follow the steps below:

  1. Massage the area vigorously with a non-abrasive cleaner using a damp cloth.
  2. Always work with the grain of the steel, since going against the grain might exacerbate the surface scratches
  3. To keep track of your progress, wipe away the cleaner every now and then.
  4. When the scratch appears to be gone, dry the area and polish it to bring back the shine. 

Toothpaste

Toothpaste is somewhat more of an abrasive rather than a cleaner, and it can remove scratches that cleaners cannot, particularly on stainless steel surfaces:

  1. Apply a small amount to a soft toothbrush and work with the grain as mentioned earlier. 
  2. Once done, you can polish the area if the scratch is significantly diminished.

Toothbrush with toothpaste on the table

Sandpaper

The only remaining DIY alternative for removing scratches is sandpaper, which should be used with caution:

  1. First, check the label to see what grit is recommended to use.
  2. Before you lightly sand the scratch down the grain, wet your sandpaper and the surface of the worktop. It’s crucial to keep the area wet as you work.
  3. If necessary, you can always start with a coarser grit to remove deeper scratches and then move to a lighter grit to sand the rest of the worktop surface. 
  4. When you’re finished, wipe the surface with a wet cloth to remove any grit left over from the sanding process and then dry and polish. 

How to get rid of scratches out of granite worktops

Moving on to the next type of worktops. These methods will save the day:

Diamond sanding pad

Simple steps that will get you there. Take a look!

  1. Due to the hard nature of diamond, this method may cause more scratching, so it is important to start with a 100 grit pad at first.
  2. Gently scrub the surface with minimal pressure while keeping the area wet. 
  3. Then, continue with a higher grit until you see results.

Soapy water

Everyone has some soap around the house. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Start by scrubbing your worktop with a soft cloth dipped in soapy, warm water
  2. When cleaning your granite surface, don’t be afraid to use a lot of pressure on deep scratches. Minor scratches, however, may disappear with only a little scrubbing.

Steel wool

Next method! This is what you have to do:

  1. If everything else fails, try a steel wool pad with a grade 0000
  2. Buff the surface of the worktop while it is wet.
  3. Once done, give it some time to dry and then check to see if the scratch has disappeared. 

granite worktop and fruits on background

How to get scratches out of quartz worktops

Quartz, like granite, is almost impossible to scratch, but it does happen! If a scratch occurs, follow these steps to remove it: 

  1. Wash the area with warm water and a soft clean cloth to prepare it.
  2. In order to repair scratches, you will need to fill them in on your quartz worktop. Quartz repair fillings are widely available. However, a fast-setting super glue can also be used.
  3. Apply the glue to the scratch with care, wiping away any scattered drips before they dry.
  4. Wait for the glue to dry (about 24 hours), then carefully scrape away any extra adhesive from the surface using a razor blade.
  5. Finish by cleaning the entire surface of the worktop to get rid of any leftover debris.

Vintage style white kitchen with kettle
No matter what type of worktop you have, you should now know how to remove scratches off it, so that you can avoid future damage. Avoid cutting foods straight on the surface of the worktop for further protection!

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