Removing Scuff Marks from Quartz Countertops

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Last updated: April 7, 2023

For many reasons, versatile and durable quartz countertops have been popular among homeowners. Quartz is a type of engineered stone used for countertops. However, unlike granite, quartz is not made out of 100% stone. The truth is that only 90% of quartz is made from the ground up, while the remaining 10% is a mix of pigments and resins.

But while quartz looks gorgeous and shiny when it’s still new, scratches will soon accumulate after regular use. This is why learning to remove scuff marks from quartz countertops is essential.

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Common causes: Removing scuff marks from Quartz countertops

I learned the hard way that quartz countertops get scuffed because of several reasons, including the following:

  • You cut food directly on your quartz countertop.
  • You dropped light and heavy objects on your counter.
  • You often place hot pans and pots on top of your countertop.
  • Pencil marks resulted in scuff marks.
  • Your frequent use of aluminum foil when cooking scuffed the quartz material.
  • You always use abrasive sponges or scrubbers when cleaning your quartz countertop.

How do you fix scuffed Quartz

Although quartz can considerably resist scuff marks and scratches, it doesn’t ensure a foolproof experience. If your quartz is already scuffed, check the terms and conditions of your purchase before you attempt any fixes. This will ensure that any repair won’t end up voiding your warranty.

Removing scuff marks from quartz countertops may initially seem intimidating, but it is straightforward and simple. The particular approach you will take will depend on the scuff marks.

For example, you can use resin or epoxy to fill surface-level scuffs. On the other hand, a more aggressive treatment method is necessary for deeper scratches.

If you are trying to decide the type of scratches or marks you are dealing with, whether deep or light, rub over it gently with your finger. If the groove of the scratch catches your nail, I’d suggest that you contact the expert to prevent causing further damage.

Fixing heavy scuff marks

You can fix heavy scuffs on quartz, but more preparation is required. Clear the quartz first. Remove large items and wipe down the material with a soapy water mixture.

scuffed quartz countertop in modern kitchen

Fill deep scuffs with a suitable epoxy filler. Refer to the manufacturer’s recommendation to ensure you use the suitable material. Using the wrong filler will make the scuff marks look more visible.

After getting the suitable filler, apply it to the groove and allow it to sit for 24 hours before you touch it again. It will give the filler enough time to dry completely before buffing. Once dried, use your razor blade to gently scrape off any excess filler material.

Fixing light scuff marks

Light scuff marks will always accumulate on quartz despite your best efforts. Don’t stress about these scratches because it only requires minimal effort to buff them out.

Here are the steps that my friend shared with me after she personally tried it on her quartz countertop.

Get a suitable polish. Make sure you choose a buffing compound specific to the formulation of quartz material.
Squeeze out the polish in a portion the same size as a golf ball on the spot that requires fixing.
Ensure a secure attachment of the buffing pad to the grinder and set it at 2,800 RPM.
Apply even and light pressure when buffing the scuff marks with resin or polish. Avoid pushing too long or hard since it will only result in more damage and even melted resin.
You can also upgrade to higher-grade polish if necessary for more challenging areas. Remove any residue buildup from the counter and switch your buffing pads between grades.

These steps remove scuff marks from quartz countertops, whether you are dealing with light or heavy scratches.

scuffed quartz kitchen countertop on kitchen island

Can scratches get buffed out of Quartz countertop

Yes, you can buff scratches out of your quartz countertop. Let me share a few ways to polish those marks to make your counter look flawless.

Use Quartz polishing products

Specialized quartz polishing products can come in handy if your countertops have incurred some stains or got damaged because of the cleaners you are using. Just make sure you follow the instructions for application and polishing. Also, remember to clean your quartz countertop’s surface before applying these products.

Scrub it with a soapy warm water solution

If your quartz countertop loses its shine, use brushes to scrub the surface and restore its glory. Since quartz surfaces are rugged and fortified, they can endure scrubbing brushes without incurring scratches.

Use warm soapy water for the process. Put some of the solutions in a spray bottle and spray it on the surface for soaking. Scrub the wet surface with a scrub brush, washcloth, or sponge. Get a  squeegee or cloth to dry the surface, and ensure you don’t leave any streaks behind.

Try Windex and other types of window cleaners

Window cleaners like Windex and similar products also work great for buffing up quartz countertops. Like how they keep your windows clear and shiny, they also do the same for quartz material.

But when using these cleaners, take note that less is always more. Put water in a spray bottle and add a small amount of the window cleaning product. Spray the solution on the counter surface. Dry and polish it gently with a clean, soft cloth to restore your counter’s shiny appearance.

Can I use magic eraser on Quartz countertops

You can use a magic eraser for your quartz countertops, one of the safest and most effective ways of removing scuff marks.

Magic eraser is a type of melamine foam. It is a  non-abrasive material that removes scuff marks and grime, grease, and stains from surfaces. Several popular brands of magic erasers are currently on the market, most effective in their intended use and purpose.

Quartz countertop scuffing

Unfortunately, yes, quartz countertops do scuff. Quartz is often engineered to resemble marble or granite. Still, unlike these two, quartz is a toe of semi-synthetic material. Many manufacturers design quartz countertops with 93% quartz or silicon dioxide and 7% pigments, polymers, and resins.

It results in a nonporous hard surface that is almost impenetrable by scratches. Practically, however, it is different from entirely. Due to its resin content, quartz countertops can sustain scuff marks and scratches.

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