Assess the Damage
The first step is to take a close look at the burn and identify what type it is:
- Surface scorch – This is a discoloration or scorching that doesn’t penetrate deep into the quartz. It is usually caused by briefly leaving a hot pan on the counter.
- Deep burn – This type of burn goes deeper into the quartz, causing more permanent damage. Deep burns are often caused by leaving very hot pots or appliances on the counter for an extended period.
- Chips/gouges – In addition to burns, you may have chipping or gouging if the hot item scraped along the surface.
Determine if DIY Removal is Possible
Minor surface scorching can often be removed with DIY methods. However, deep burns, gouges, or extensive damage will likely require professional refinishing.
Try Gentle DIY Removal Methods
If the burn is minor, start with these gentle DIY methods:
Clean with Non-Abrasive Cleaner
- Use a soft cloth or sponge to apply a non-abrasive cleaner, like an all-purpose cleaner or degreaser. Avoid abrasive scouring powders.
- Rub gently, but don’t scrub aggressively. Rinse thoroughly after cleaning.
Baking Soda Paste
- Make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply to the scorched area and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Wipe away gently with a damp cloth. Rinse thoroughly.
- Apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the scorched area.
- Let bubble for 2-3 minutes, then wipe away with a paper towel. Rinse thoroughly.
- Repeat as needed until scorch fades.
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the affected area.
- Let sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water.
- Repeat as needed until scorching lightens.
- Look for a gel-type bleach cleanser, rather than liquid bleach.
- Apply a small amount directly on the burn.
- Let sit 2-3 minutes, wipe away gently with damp cloth. Rinse surface thoroughly.
Try Mildly Abrasive DIY Methods
If gentle cleaning doesn’t remove the marks, try slightly more abrasive DIY methods:
Baking Soda & Water Paste
Make a paste with equal parts baking soda and water. Gently rub onto the burn with a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge. Rinse thoroughly after scrubbing.
Vinegar & Baking Soda
Make a foaming paste by sprinkling baking soda over the burn, then spraying white vinegar on top. Let bubble for 2-3 minutes, then wipe away paste. Rinse surface thoroughly.
Soft Plastic Scrubber
Use a soft plastic scrubbing pad designed for nonstick pans to gently rub the burn mark. Apply pressure as needed. Rinse surface thoroughly after scrubbing.
When to Call a Professional
If DIY methods are ineffective at removing the blemish, it’s best to call a professional quartz restoration company. They have specialized tools and techniques that can often remove or minimize even severe burns without damaging the surrounding quartz.
Refinishing Options May Include:
- Wet polishing – Using diamond abrasives and water to essentially “sand” down the burn layer by layer.
- Spot repair – Removing just the damaged section, then filling with color-matched quartz resin.
- Full resurfacing – Sanding down entire countertop and resurfacing with new quartz layer.
Professional refinishing ensures proper techniques are used to retain the integrity of the countertop and provide an even, consistent finish across the surface.
To help avoid future burns:
- Use trivets under hot pots and pans. Look for trivets with rubber feet to prevent slipping.
- Give appliances like instant pots, crock pots, griddles adequate clearance.
- Wipe up spills immediately to prevent hot liquids from penetrating.
- Avoid using countertop as a cutting surface. Always use a cutting board.
With proper care, most minor burns on quartz countertops can be removed or minimized at home. But for best results with more extensive damage, rely on a professional quartz restoration company. Consistent prevention will help keep your countertops looking pristine for years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions About Removing Burns from Quartz Countertops
Can I use sandpaper to remove a burn from my quartz countertop?
No, you should never use sandpaper or other abrasives on a quartz countertop. This can damage the surface and make the problem worse. Use only non-abrasive cleaners and soft cloths or plastic scrub pads. Leave extensive sanding to a professional refinisher.
What household items can I use to remove burns from a quartz counter?
Some common household items that may remove minor scorch marks include baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, vinegar, and non-abrasive cleaners. Avoid harsh chemicals like oven cleaners.
How can I prevent burns on my quartz countertop?
Preventing burns starts with using trivets and taking care not to leave hot pans or appliances directly on the quartz. Quickly wiping up spills can also help avoid damage from hot liquids penetrating the surface. Avoid cutting directly on the countertop.
Should I try to polish out burns myself on my quartz counters?
No, you should not attempt to polish quartz countertops yourself. The polishing compounds and equipment used by professionals to wet polish countertops can easily damage the surface if not used properly.
Is there a difference between cleaning and refinishing quartz?
Cleaning refers to using mild cleaners and scrubbing to remove surface stains. Refinishing involves intensive techniques like sanding and resurfacing the countertop to remove or repair deep damage.
Minor scorch marks and burns on quartz countertops can often be removed with gentle cleaning methods and common household products. But be careful not to use overly abrasive techniques that could further damage the surface. For best results removing extensive burns or resurfacing damaged areas, rely on professional quartz restoration services. Consistently using trivets and wiping spills quickly can go a long way in keeping your quartz counters pristine.