Can burn marks be removed from natural stone worktops?

03-Mar-2016 No matter how careful you may be, there is always a chance that heat can leave its mark on your natural stone worktops. Before you panic, it’s important to remember that not all is lost. There are a number of tricks that you can try or, if you’re concerned about causing more damage, you could always call in the professionals.

Start by cleaning the area with the correct stone cleaner. It’s important that you never use harsh chemicals on natural stone surfaces because they cause more harm than good. You might even be able to find a stone cleaning substance that helps remove burn marks. It’s worth giving this a try before taking things any further. Even if you need to continue with a deeper stain removal process, this substance will at least help make the cleaning that much easier.

Next, you will need some sandpaper (fine-grit) and you need to rub on the stained area very gently. You are removing the top layer of the stone so proceed with caution so that you don’t remove too much. Avoid sanding outside of the stained area since this can result in scratching. Once you reach the result you desire, it’s time to apply polish.

If the burn is too severe even for a pro to remove it completely, you can conceal the problem by placing a hot pad on top of it and leaving it there as a permanent feature of your kitchen. There are always ways of hiding damage and imperfections if you get just a little bit creative.

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