How to Buff Out Scratches on Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are a popular choice for many homeowners due to their durability, low maintenance, and stylish appearance. However, like any surface, quartz can become scratched over time. Small scratches are inevitable but thankfully, it is possible to buff them out and restore your countertops’ smooth finish. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to buff out scratches on quartz countertops.

What You Need

Before starting, assemble the following materials:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Soft buffing pad or 0000 steel wool
  • Buffing compound or polishing paste designed for quartz
  • Clean water
  • Masking tape (optional)

Clean the Surface

Thoroughly clean the area around the scratch with dish soap and water first. This removes any dust or debris that could interfere with the buffing process. Dry completely with a microfiber cloth.

Prepare the Scratch

Examine the scratch carefully. If it catches your fingernail, it is considered deep. Shallow scratches can be buffed out but deep ones are too severe. For deep scratches, professional help may be needed to polish them away.

For shallow scratches, continue prepping the surface. Use masking tape to tape off the area around the scratch to avoid accidentally buffing the surrounding countertop. This keeps the buffing isolated to the scratched section.

Buff Using Compound

Apply a small amount of quartz buffing compound directly onto the scratch. Use a soft buffing pad or 0000 steel wool to gently rub the compound over the length of the scratch. Apply light pressure and buff in a circular motion.

Slowly blend the compound from the center of the scratch outwards. Continue buffing until the scratch becomes less noticeable. Take care not to over-buff any single area as this can create a dip in the surface.

Polish and Clean

Once sufficiently buffed, wipe away any remaining compound with a clean microfiber cloth. Use a fresh cloth to apply a small amount of compound to the entire buffed area and polish once more.

Finally, clean the surface thoroughly with dish soap and water to reveal the refreshed countertop. Inspect closely to ensure the scratch has been removed. Repeat the process if needed for any lingering scratches.

Helpful Tips

  • Work in good lighting to see scratches clearly.
  • Test buffing on an inconspicuous spot first.
  • Buff gently to avoid damaging the quartz surface.
  • Apply even pressure and overlap buffing strokes.
  • Change buffing pads often for best results.
  • Avoid applying too much pressure in one area.
  • Use buffing cream designated for quartz.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use regular household cleaners to buff out quartz?

No, only use buffing compounds specifically designed for use on quartz. Household cleaners can damage the surface.

How can I avoid scratches on my quartz countertops?

Use cutting boards, trivets and hot pads to protect the surface. Also clean spills promptly to avoid residue etching the quartz.

Will the scratch come back after buffing?

Properly buffed very shallow scratches should not reappear. Deeper scratches may require professional help for permanent removal.

Can I buff out marks or etching from chemicals?

Etching from chemicals generally cannot be removed by buffing. Professional resurfacing is usually required.

Is it possible to over-buff and damage the surface?

Yes, applying too much pressure or concentrating on one area can create uneven spots. Work carefully.

Should I buff my entire quartz countertop?

No, only buff the specific scratched areas to retain the original sheen. Buffing the whole surface is usually unnecessary.


With a bit of elbow grease and the right tools, many shallow scratches in quartz countertops can be minimized or removed. Be sure to follow the proper buffing techniques. Assess the severity of scratches beforehand and tackle deeper ones with the help of a professional so as not to unintentionally harm the quartz surface. With some care and effort, your beautiful quartz countertops can look like new again.