How to Remove Cigarette Burns From Bathroom Counter Tops

Finding a cigarette burn on your bathroom countertop is disheartening. The yellow-brown color of a cigarette burn can be clearly visible on many sink surfaces. Whether your bathroom countertop is a solid surface (e.g., granite, marble), porcelain or laminate, you can remove the cigarette burn with the right products and methods. Take care when attempting to remove cigarette burns from bathroom counters so you don't scratch or damage the surface in the process.

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Remove cigarette burns from bathroom countertops carefully so you don't damage the countertop surface.

Solid Surface Countertops

Step 1

Clean the counter with a specialty cleaner made for the specific surface material. You can buy solid surface cleaners for granite, travertine, marble and other stones at most home improvement stores.

Step 2

Rub the cigarette burn gently with a fine-grit sandpaper. Avoid rubbing too hard, and take care to only sand the burn spot and nowhere else. Sand just enough that the cigarette burn spot disappears.

Step 3

Clean the countertop again with the solid surface cleaner to remove any residue.

Porcelain Countertops

Step 1

Wash the affected area of the countertop with a rag and warm, soapy water. Apply some force when washing to remove any surface discoloration.

Step 2

Mix three parts baking soda with one part warm water in a small bowl. Use your finger to spread a generous amount of the baking soda paste onto the burn mark, and then rub it in. Allow it to sit on the countertop for at least five minutes.

Step 3

Scrub the area with an old toothbrush. Apply enough pressure when scrubbing to effectively remove the cigarette burn mark but not so much pressure that you damage the finish.

Step 4

Wash the area again with a rag and warm, soapy water. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the cigarette burn is gone.

Laminate Countertops

Step 1

Wash the countertop with a rag and warm, soapy water. Apply some force when washing to remove any surface discoloration.

Step 2

Apply a generous coating of white toothpaste to the cigarette burn spot. Avoid using toothpaste with any bleach, additives or abrasives. Allow the toothpaste to remain on the countertop for at least ten minutes.

Step 3

Scrub the spot vigorously with an old toothbrush to remove the cigarette burn spot. Wipe the area with a damp rag to remove the toothpaste.

Step 4

Clean the countertop with a soft scrub cleanser, such as Comet or Soft Scrub, and an old toothbrush. Apply force when scrubbing with the toothbrush to make sure all of the burn mark is gone.

Step 5

Clean the countertop with a damp rag to remove any residue. Repeat steps 2 through 4 until the burn mark is no longer present.