Quartz is an amazing material. It’s hard, clear, and overall just looks great. It’s the perfect addition to any part of your home. However, accidents may happen, and you can end up with a scratched quartz countertop. And then you’re left wondering on how to get scratches out of quartz.
While quartz looks beautiful when it’s new and shiny, with regular use it starts to pile up scratches. Over time, those scratches add up, and you start to see that the slab doesn’t look as great as it did before.
Fortunately, all is not lost. There are many ways to fill up those scratches and make your countertop look as good as new. However, they can be a bit tricky, and require some heavy equipment and experience with it.
How to get scratches out of quartz: some simple methods
There are many different ways of getting scratches out of quartz, some easier than others. Which one you’ll use will depend on what is available to you, as well as the depth of the scratches. However, if you don’t feel safe using those methods by yourself, be sure to check with your local stone supplier. They’ll know what to do.
Before using any of these methods, make sure you have the right tools for the job and that you know what you’re doing. Take the countertop to another location where you’re free to make a mess if you need to.
Make sure to clean the slab very well before starting too! You can use soapy water and a clean cloth (to avoid scratching it even more) or ammonia-based cleaning products. A clean slab will help you get a better finish, as dirt and quartz particles may end up further scratching the stone during the process.
Method 01 – Polishing
For light scratches, polishing the countertop is what you need to do.
Polishing the slab is going to remove the top layer of the stone, and this way you’re also going to remove all the scratches. It removes a very thin layer, so you don’t have to worry about it making your countertop much thinner (provided you do everything correctly).
Of course, this can be quite tricky if your countertop is already thin. Polishing stone requires using a grinder and securing the slab so you don’t launch it halfway across the room. It’s some heavy weight repairing work. You could try using sandpaper, but you’re not going to have a good time with it, because quartz is very resistant.
You also need to pick the correct kind of polishing compounds. They need to be the kind made especially for quartz slabs. These kinds of polish usually come with quartz particles to help give it a natural finish, and are made to make the job easier.
If you pick a polish that’s too abrasive, you run the risk of making even more scratches, and it can remove strands of the stone much more easily. And if you pick a polish that’s too light, it’ll have a hard time removing the top layer, meaning you’ll have a hard time too.
It’s better to pick a selection of compounds which go from a rougher finish to a finer one. This way, it’ll be easier to remove the top layer with the stronger one, and then make the slab smoother and shinier with the finer one.
Method 02 – Epoxy resin
There are some special epoxy resins that are made just for repairing stone slabs. They are malleable and soft enough to get into every little pore and hole, giving it a nice finish. And when dry, they are just as resistant, and greatly improve the looks of your countertop.
It’s important to choose well and pick the resin that better fits your stone, though. There are multiple kinds of stone used for slabs, and different resins are suitable for different stones. You’ll want one that uses quartz in its composition, so it can look more natural.
Quartz slabs are usually made of 93% quartz stones and 7% binder resin, so adding more quartz-based resin is not going to make it look off.
This method is especially useful when you have deep scratches, as the resin is able to infiltrate it and fill it.
Afterwards, you should also polish the slab. While the resin is very good at filling scratches, it likely won’t leave a great finish. So, you need to follow method 01 and polish it up, so you can make it look smooth and shiny again.
Method 03 – Call the professionals
A lot of things can go wrong when trying to get scratches out of quartz by yourself. You need to know how to use a grinder, pick the right kinds of polish with the right grits, and also pick and apply the right resin.
To get the best results and ensure your quartz countertop will look as good as new, get in touch! Here at Eagle Stones, we specialize in stone slabs of multiple types and can help you fix your quartz slab.