Quartz countertops are a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom surfaces due to their durability and resistance to scratches, stains, and heat. However, despite their strength, quartz countertops can still get scratched. Scratches can be caused by knives, utensils, and even everyday items such as keys and jewelry. Removing scratches from quartz countertops may seem daunting, but it is a task that can often be done easily at home with the right materials and techniques.
The first step in removing scratches from quartz countertops is to assess the severity of the scratch. Light scratches, which are barely visible and do not catch your fingernail, can often be removed with a simple polishing compound. Medium scratches, which can be seen and felt but do not penetrate the surface of the quartz, may require a more heavy-duty polishing compound or even a light sanding. Deep scratches, which go through the surface of the quartz, will require professional repair.
For light scratches, you can use a polishing compound specifically designed for quartz countertops, such as one that contains diamond abrasives. These compounds are relatively easy to find and are available at most home improvement and hardware stores. Simply apply a small amount of the compound to a soft, clean cloth and rub it into the scratch in a circular motion. Once the scratch has been polished out, wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and dry it with a clean, soft cloth.
For medium scratches, you may need to use a more heavy-duty polishing compound, or even a light sanding. Sanding should be done with a fine-grit sandpaper (around 220-grit) and always done with the grain. Use a soft cloth to apply the compound to the scratch, working in a circular motion until the scratch is no longer visible. To finish, wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and dry it with a clean, soft cloth.
If the scratch is deep, that can go through the surface of the quartz. It would require professional repair service. Deep scratches are difficult to repair, and it is best to leave the task to a professional. They will have the tools and experience necessary to match the color and texture of the repair to the rest of the countertop, making the repair virtually invisible.
It is also important to keep in mind that a repair done by professional will come with a warranty. So if anything goes wrong, it can be covered.
To prevent scratches in the future, be sure to use cutting boards and place coasters or trivets under hot pots and pans. Avoid dragging heavy items across the surface of the quartz, and be sure to wipe up any spills or stains as soon as they happen to avoid etching.
In summary, removing scratches from quartz countertops is a task that can often be done easily at home with the right materials and techniques. Light scratches can often be removed with a simple polishing compound, medium scratches may require a more heavy-duty polishing compound or even a light sanding, and deep scratches will require professional repair. With a little care and attention, you can keep your quartz countertops looking like new for many years to come.