How To Repair Quartz Worktops
Quartz is durable, elegant, and requires low maintenance, so it’s a popular choice for surfaces in modern kitchens and bathrooms. Despite its durability, accidents can happen, causing chips, cracks, scratches, or stains on your quartz surface, requiring quartz worktop repair.
You probably don’t want to look at these unsightly blemishes daily, but the good news is that many of these issues can be repaired yourself, restoring your worktop to its former glory. This article offers a comprehensive guide to quartz repair, helping you understand common issues and how to address them effectively at home.
Quartz Worktop Scratch & Chip Repair
Here are the steps you can follow to repair chips or cracks in your quartz worktop:
Assess the area
Before trying to repair the chip or crack, assess the area to determine the extent of the damage. Large or deep cracks and chips may require professional intervention but if it’s minor damage, you should be able to repair it yourself.
Clean the surface
Use a gentle cleanser and warm water to clean the damaged surface thoroughly to remove dust, dirt, grease, or oil that can compromise the repair. Make sure that the area has dried out completely before you begin.
Tape the area around the chip
Once the surface is dry, place tape around the chip or crack, so the application of the filler is more seamless. This also protects the surrounding quartz.
Fill the chip
When the surface is prepped, you can fill the chip or crack with a clear epoxy, resin, or adhesive. You can also use a coloured pigments to achieve a better colour match, but it can be hard to match the quartz exactly, especially when a pattern runs through your worktop.
No matter which material you choose, you just need to ensure your filler is level with the rest of the surface when you apply it, but it doesn’t have to be perfect, as you’ll sand the epoxy in the next step. If you need to, use a toothpick or brush to move the filler into the crack or chip.
Smooth the surface
Once the epoxy dries, which normally takes 24 hours, you can use fine-grit sandpaper to sand the repaired area. This makes it smooth and blends the epoxy or adhesive with the rest of the worktop.
Polish the area
Finally, your worktop is ready to be polished. Use a handheld polisher and a quartz polishing compound because household cleaners can stain or damage your worktop further.
If the crack or chip on your worktop is large or feels too complicated, you can always contact a professional quartz worktop repair specialist to assist you with the repair.
Quartz Worktop Scratch Repair
Quartz worktops can also be damaged by scratches, so here are the steps you can follow to fix them:
Clean the area
Start by cleaning the surface with warm water and soap or a gentle cleanser to remove debris and residue.
Sand the surface
Once the area is clean, you can start to gently sand the scratch with fine sandpaper. Apply gently, without too much pressure or you could take the lustre off of non-damaged areas. If the scratches on your quartz aren’t too deep, you can typically skip this step and go straight to polishing.
Polish the quartz
After carefully sanding the scratch, use a polishing compound and a handheld polisher to buff out the area and restore its shine.
How to Remove Stains from a Quartz Worktop
If your quartz worktop is damaged by stubborn stains, here are general steps you can follow to remove them:
Create a paste
Mix baking soda with water to create a thick paste you can spread over the stain.
Spread the paste
Using a brush, spread the paste and cover the stained area, then cover it with cling film. Let the paste sit on the worktop overnight.
Rinse and dry the surface
The next day, rinse the paste off with water and dry the surface with a cloth. Check to see if the stain is gone. If it’s not, try repeating the process.
Different stains may require different ways to remove them. You can read our full guide on how to remove stains from quartz worktops here.
Quartz Worktop Repair FAQ
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions you may have about quartz worktops repair:
Can I fix my quartz worktop myself?
Fixing minor scratches, chips, cracks, and stains yourself is easy, especially when you follow the steps outlined in this article. If your worktop has major damage, though, you may need professional help.
Does my quartz worktop have a warranty?
Many manufacturers and retail stores offer a warranty when selling quartz worktops, typically lasting between five and 10 years. Check to see if your worktop is still within its warranty and if it is, determine which kind of repairs are covered. Then you can contact your supplier, as they may send over a repair team to look at your worktop or offer instructions for you to repair the damage yourself.
What preventative measures are there to protect quartz?
Once you repair your quartz worktop, you’ll likely want to prevent future damage. Try to protect the surface as best as you can by using a chopping board rather than the countertop and using trivets instead of placing hot pots directly on the quartz.
Other ways you can protect your worktop include cleaning up spills promptly, not using acidic substances or strong chemicals on the surface, and cleaning with a mild soap and soft sponge to preserve the worktop’s shine.
What is quartz made of?
Manufacturers typically create quartz worktops out of natural quartz crystals, resins, polymers, and pigments. These materials make a more durable worktop than natural stone alternatives.
Quartz Worktop Repair Conclusion
If you think your quartz worktop is damaged beyond repair, think again. There are plenty of ways to fix chips, cracks, scratches, and stains yourself to restore your quartz worktop back to its former glory. We hope our quartz worktop repair guide has given you the knowledge to repair small damage to your worktops. Alternatively you can contact a qualified stone professional to help with your repair.
Get in touch with a member of our team for a free quote, and we’ll get someone out there to assess your space, discuss your worktop needs, and prepare a quote that aligns with your budget.