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I cleaned my oven with a mixture of baking soda and water. Unfortunately, I got some of this on my kitchen worktop and it caused some stains (see picture). I scrubbed the stains for 1-2 minutes with water, but that didn't seem to have any effect on their visibility.

  1. What happened? Did the baking soda react with the wood, or with the surface sealant?
  2. What's the best way to remove the stains?

Thank you.

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  • One of the marks is clearly left by a pan being set down there. Was the oven cleaned as thoroughly as you imagined, or did it only soften the baked-on grime, which was then transferred to the worktop by a pan? Have you tried to clean the entire worktop with more baking soda, and rinse it thoroughly? Generally, I would never place any cooking pot directly on such a nice worktop, but on a mat, if only to save it from scratching. – Weather Vane May 23 at 23:32
  • @WeatherVane, I haven't set a pan down on the worktop. The ring at the bottom right is from a mug. – Ben May 24 at 9:58
  • That is highly unlikely to be baking soda. I remove odors from kitchen wooden tools using baking soda, and there is never any stain left. – virolino May 25 at 6:00
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If that's a solid wood worktop you're going to need an orbital sander, a range of sanding pads from 60 grit to at least 400 grit and some patience, then apply a worktop oil to protect it after you've sanded the marks off in stages (starting with the lowest grit - remove all the marks with it then work up to highest - each higher grit produces a smoother finish with fewer obvious scratches). Apply oil per manufacturer instructions; it may also require a sanding operation

If that's a laminate worktop (and it probably isn't as I don't think laminate would be thus affected) it will need to be replaced. The easiest way to tell is to look inside a cupboard at the underside. If it looks like the top, it's wood/if it doesn't, it's laminate

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