How to Remove a Burn Mark from a Porcelain Countertop

  • 1-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 15-25
What You'll Need
Plain, white toothpaste
Fine grit sandpaper
Solid surface polish
Mild dish soap
Solid surface cleaner
Baking soda
Old toothbrush

Porcelain countertops are known for their durability and inexpensive price. They are also scratch resistant, can withstand heavy use, won’t discolor or show any signs of damage even if used with highly abrasive chemicals or materials, and if properly maintained and used, they can last for many years. They have a surface that is non-porous and dense, which makes for easy cleaning; you can wipe off dirt and food particles on the surface with a swipe of a moist rag. They also have a compact and tight design, which makes their surface uninhabitable for most viruses and bacteria.

Porcelain countertop tiles come in solid colors, which become useful during installation, since you don’t need to cover up or paint uncolored edges which are the case for other kitchen tiles. In general, porcelain countertop tiles have a high tolerance to heat, but in certain cases can get burn marks, especially when a heater is placed on a surface for a considerable amount of time.

Fortunately, removing burn marks off a porcelain countertop is relatively easy and does not require special tools, materials or skills.

Step 1 – Prepare the Area

Fill the bowl with warm water and mix in a few drops of mild dish soap, until the color of the water mimics that of the soap. Dip a clean rag in the mixture then wring out excess liquid. Wipe the burned area with the rag to remove any light discoloration.

Step 2 – Prepare the Baking Soda Mixture

Throw the mixture inside the bowl then rinse with water until surface becomes clean. Next make a mixture of one part baking soda and three parts water in the bowl. Use a spoon to thoroughly mix the ingredients and until they achieve a paste like consistently.

Step 3 – Apply the Mixture

Using your fingers spread a generous amount of the mixture to the burned area. Next, gently rub the mixture into the affected area then leave it for a few minutes. Afterwards, scrub the area with an old toothbrush, using soft, gentle strokes. Do not apply too much pressure as this might damage the countertop; continue brushing the area until the burn marks disappear. You can apply more baking soda to a spot for faster and better cleaning.

Step 4 – Clean the Countertop

Once all of the burn-marks are cleared away, clean the countertop with a rag, water and soap. Next, wipe off excess liquid with a clean and dry rag.