How to Get a Scratch Out of Quartz Countertops

What Causes Scratches on Quartz?

Quartz is resistant to scratches, but not scratch-proof. The main causes of scratches are:

  • Cutting or slicing on the countertop
  • Dragging pots, pans or appliances across the surface
  • Impact from a hard or sharp object
  • Abrasive cleaners or scouring pads

Removing Light Surface Scratches

For minor scratches, try these DIY methods first:

Baking Soda and Water Paste

  • Make a paste with baking soda and water.
  • Apply the paste to the scratch using a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Gently rub in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly.

Soft Scrub Gel Cleanser

  • Apply a non-abrasive gel cleanser like Soft Scrub to the scratch.
  • Use a damp sponge or microfiber cloth to rub it in using light, circular motions.
  • Rinse thoroughly and dry the area.


  • Squeeze a small amount of regular (not whitening) toothpaste on the scratch.
  • Rub it in gently with a soft cloth, following the direction of the scratch.
  • Rinse thoroughly and dry.

Automotive Polish

  • Use a mild automotive polish or plastic polish. Apply a small amount to the scratch.
  • Work it in using a microfiber applicator, moving in a circular motion.
  • Buff to a shine and wipe away any residue.

Fixing Deeper Scratches

For more stubborn or deeper scratches, try:


  • Start with a medium grit (400) sandpaper. Gently sand the scratch in the direction of the grain.
  • Switch to a finer grit sandpaper (600 to 3000) to smooth and minimize visibility.
  • Avoid applying too much pressure, which can damage the surface further.

Polishing Compound

  • Use a polishing compound designed for quartz or stone surfaces.
  • Apply a small amount to a microfiber applicator and rub into the scratch using a circular motion.
  • As it starts to blend, switch to a buffing pad and buff until smooth.

DIY Scratch Repair Kit

  • Purchase a scratch repair kit made for quartz or stone surfaces.
  • Follow kit instructions carefully. Most involve filling the scratch with a putty, allowing it to dry, then sanding and polishing.

If DIY methods don’t remove or minimize the scratch, consider calling in a professional quartz fabricator/installer. They have specialized tools and training for repairing scratches and damage.

Preventing Future Scratches

To keep your quartz pristine:

  • Use cutting boards and hot pads when cooking. Never cut or place hot pans directly on the surface.
  • Avoid abrasive cleaners and scouring pads. Use a soft sponge or cloth with mild soap and water.
  • Rinse spills immediately to prevent staining. Blot (don’t scrub) tougher spills.
  • Lift objects instead of sliding them across the countertop.

With proper care, your beautiful quartz countertops will stay looking new for years. But if scratches do occur, these tips can help remove or reduce their visibility. Just take care when sanding or polishing to avoid making the problem worse.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I determine the severity of a quartz countertop scratch?

Look closely at the scratch. Very minor surface scratches may slightly displace the shine. Deeper scratches will have an obvious groove that catches your fingernail. The depth of the scratch generally determines the repair method.

Can all scratches be fully removed from quartz?

While minor scratches can be minimized with polishing, deeper scratches may permanantly damage the surface. The goal is to reduce the visibility as much as possible. Severe scratches may require a professional fabricator to cut and repolish the damaged section.

Will DIY scratch removal damage my quartz?

If done properly, light sanding and polishing should not harm quartz. But aggressive sanding or buffing can damage the finish, so take care to apply minimal pressure. Test products on an inconspicuous spot first. Avoid whitening toothpastes or acidic cleaners.

What is the best home remedy for scratch removal?

For light scratches, a baking soda paste, plastic polish, or polishing compound often work well. Toothpaste or Soft Scrub can also be effective in gently buffing out surface scratches. Always start with the least abrasive option first before moving to sanding.

How do I polish a quartz countertop after sanding?

After sanding, move to successively finer grit sandpaper like 600, 1000, and 2000. Wipe away dust and debris between each grit. Finish by applying a polishing compound with a microfiber applicator using circular motions. Use a buffing pad to smooth and shine the finish.


While quartz is remarkably resilient, scratches can occur with regular use over time. Thankfully, many shallow scratches can be minimized or removed with simple polishing techniques. For deeper damage, sanding and polishing may help reduce visibility. Take care when attempting DIY repairs to avoid exacerbating the problem. With proper maintenance and gentle care, your beautiful quartz countertops will stay gorgeous for many years.