Home & Garden Architecture

How to Fix Kitchen Worktops

    Peeling Edge or Corner

    • 1). Brush away any loose debris from underneath the peeling area.

    • 2). Heat an iron to a low setting.

    • 3). Press the iron on the peeling area for about 5 seconds. The heat should reactivate the contact cement and adhere the laminate. Be careful not to burn the surface.

    • 4). If the laminate is not sticking, add a thin layer of new contact cement to both the underside of the laminate and the wood substrate with a paintbrush.

    • 5). Break a toothpick in half and use the pieces to prop up the laminate.

    • 6). Remove the toothpicks once the contact cement becomes tacky and press the laminate back in place.

    Broken Section of Edging

    • 1). With a utility knife, cut the fractured end where the piece broke off so it has a straight edge.

    • 2). Steal a piece of edging from a hidden area, such as the space between the oven and the worktop, to replace the broken section. Remove the piece by scoring it with a utility knife, heating it with an iron to loosen the contact cement and snapping it off.

    • 3). Adhere that piece to the broken section by adding a thin layer of new contact cement to both the underside of the laminate and the wood substrate. Wait until the cement is tacky and press it into place.

    Internal Bubbles

    • 1). Drill a hole though the worktop substrate from the underside of the worktop. Drill a hole only through the substrate, not the laminate. This will release trapped air.

    • 2). Heat an iron to medium heat.

    • 3). Lay a towel on top of the bubble.

    • 4). Place the end of a vacuum cleaner hose over the drilled hole to suck air out while holding the iron on the towel and bubbled area at the same time. Hold for 5 to 8 seconds.

    • 5). Inject contact cement into the drilled hole with a glue injector if the bubble isn't flattening. Weight the area while the cement dries.

    Gouges and Chips

    • 1). Clean the gouge or chip to be patched with rubbing alcohol

    • 2). Fill the area with a matching laminate repair filler. Repair filler is available at building supply stores and comes in a small, squeezable tube.

    • 3). Level the filler with a putty knife and leave it to dry as instructed in the manufacturer's instructions.

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