An Ultimate Guide On How To Remove Laminate Backsplash

Laminate Backsplash is one of the interior magic today. It is used on countertops, cabinets, and you name it. It is used to protect the walls and provide an excellent touch on the countertops and the cabinets. Just a few necessary procedures and you have yourself a laminate backsplash. Placing the laminate, then paint and then smoothening the laminate. Easy right? But what happens when you want to remove the laminate backsplash? How do you go about it?

Many at times we are told on how to make the laminate backsplash, and how to create the laminate on the backsplash, but not correctly how to remove it. Removing it would mean an update to your kitchen and replacing the laminate is another step that is further from the process. The thing about laminate backsplash that makes it long lasting is the kind of glue that is used in the process, this glue type is very sticky, sturdy and so to say resists all the attempts made to remove it.

Removing laminate from a backsplash

Things you will need

  • Putty knife
  • Acetone

Guidelines on removing the laminate

  1. By using the tip of a putty knife, force it just behind the little metal strip, and this is at the top of the laminate backsplash. Further, ensure you twist the handle of the knife, and this process should just be slight to provide you open a small crack, and this between the laminate and the wall.
  2. Using acetone, ensure you inject just a small amount into the crack, then wait for approximately 3 minutes. This time taken is to provide that the glue softens. For the laminate pry it away from the wall, this should be just as far as it will go without resisting the pressure to break. Then after all this, inject more of the glue into the same crack, pump some to the right and some to the left, then wait for about 3 minutes.
  3. Using a sharp knife, side it more profound to the crack and make sure to pry the laminate out of the break. The blade should be slide to the right and also to the left, and this is just as the glue softens. Then inject in more of the acetone. The process of prying the knife from left to right should be continuous, and what this done is to ensure to free the backsplash from the wall, and this is all the way to the bottom.
  4. Using the tip of the knife, push the blade just under the small metal runner, and this is mainly found at the bottom, this is where the backsplash joins to the countertop, and this process only takes place if the laminate happens to be still stuck and won't come off.
  5. The last thing that is done is twisting the handle of the knife, and this is to ensure that the metal runner is lifted up and is also free from the backsplash and the metal runners that are found in the countertop. Once the laminate is seen to lift away from the countertop, ensure you use both your hands to pull it apart from the way, and this is all in one piece.
Removing laminate from a backsplash


Extra Tip

Acetone is also used in removing polish from the fingernail, in other words, it is used as a fingernail remover. When using acetone, ensure you use it to clean off any of the residual contact cement, and this is from the walls. It is also important to note that a usual laminate backsplash is removed with the use of metal runners, but another trimmer that could be used is the wood molding, and in this particular case, if your specific set has wood trim, it would be of importance if you just pry it off like you would that of the metal runners. When working with acetone, ensure you also work with eye protection.

It is also of importance to consider the laminate backsplash that goes just behind the wall cabinets, and this is particularly placed on only after the cabinets are installed. This covering is of importance because it provides an attractive background for the cabinets and ensures to give the walls an added protection advantage. Removing the laminate on the cabinets automatically means that the laminate backsplash of the walls has to be removed as well.

Things you will need

  • Wood sticks
  • Hand saw
  • Cordless screw
  • Putty knife
  • Acetone


  1. Start by measuring the distance available between the countertops and the bottom of the cabinets, then cut the wood sticks to an absolute measurement of ¾ by 1 ½ inch, this is mainly using a hand saw.
  2. Ensure you place the wood props vertically and just under the first cabinet, then look at the insides of the cabinet. Further, locate all of the screws that secure the cabinets to the walls. Ensure you remove all of the bolts, except the particular one with the cordless screw gun, then pull out the props. With the cabinet braced with your shoulder remove the last bolt. You can then allow the assembly to slide down the wall and rest on the countertop. Ensure you repeat the process will all the cabinets in question.
  3. Using a putty knife, insert it behind the laminate, and this is precisely where the cabinets were removed. Then pry out the laminate slightly, ensure you inject acetone on the crack, then further slide the knife along the top of the laminate, and provide you insert acetone behind it.
  4. Use the knife to pry and glide, and this is just until the glue softens, as the laminate comes loose, continue with pulling it, using the back of your fingers, and subsequently inject more acetone deeper just as the laminate continues to pull free.
  5. Using the putty knife, ensure you scrape the residual glue from the wall. For about an hour, let the wall dry, and then sand it, then prepare the wall for the new laminate.

With this guide, you will easily remove laminate backsplash with minimal effort.

Krystal Morrison

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