How do I Repair a Cigarette Burn on a Sink?

A cigarette burn mark on your bathroom or kitchen sink is unsightly. The brown discoloration diminishes the overall appearance of the surface. Whether your sink is laminate, porcelain or a solid surface such as marble or granite, it is important to repair the cigarette burn mark carefully. Failure to follow the proper measures when repairing a sink burn mark can result is damage or scratches on the surface of the sink.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags

  • Mild dish soap

  • Plain white toothpaste

  • Old toothbrush

  • Soft scrub cleaner

  • Baking soda

  • Small bowl

  • Spoon

  • Solid surface cleaner

  • Fine-grit sandpaper

Laminate Sinks

Step 1

Wipe down the sink with a rag and mild dish soap. This will remove some of the discoloration from the surface.

Step 2

Squeeze a thick layer of plain white toothpaste onto the burn spot. Let the toothpaste sit on the sink for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Scrub the area briskly with an old toothbrush to remove the burn mark. Wipe with a soft cotton rag and water to remove the residue.

Step 4

Scrub the area with a soft scrub cleaner and the old toothbrush if any of the burn mark remains. Apply some force when scrubbing to effectively remove the burn mark.

Step 5

Wipe the area with a damp rag to remove any residue. Repeat scrubbing with the soft scrub cleaner, then wipe with a damp rag, until the burn mark is gone.

Porcelain Sinks

Step 1

Wipe down the sink with a rag and mild dish soap. This will remove some of the discoloration from the surface.

Step 2

Make a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water in a small bowl. Spread a thick layer of the paste directly onto the cigarette burn spot, then use your finger to rub it in. Let it sit for five minutes.

Step 3

Scrub the spot gently with an old toothbrush. Avoid rubbing too hard or you risk damaging the finish on the porcelain.

Step 4

Wipe the area with a rag and water to remove any residue. Repeat this process, if necessary, until the burn mark is gone.

Solid Surface Sinks

Step 1

Clean the sink with a cleaner specifically designed for the type of sink you have. Granite, marble and other solid surface cleaners are sold at most home improvement centers.

Step 2

Sand the burn stain gently with fine-grit sandpaper. Only sand enough so that the burn mark disappears. Avoid sanding anywhere outside of the burn stain or the sink may become scratched or damaged.

Step 3

Clean the sink again with the specialty cleaner.

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