How to Get Glue Off Quartz Countertop

Getting glue residue off a quartz countertop can seem daunting, but with a little patience and the right techniques, it can be done. Quartz is an engineered stone made from natural quartz crystals combined with resins and pigments, making it non-porous and resistant to stains, but also requiring specific methods to remove sticky messes. Here are the most effective ways to get dried glue off your quartz countertops without damaging the surface.

Use Oil and a Plastic Scraper

One of the easiest methods is applying cooking oil and gently scraping with a plastic scraper or old credit card. Here are the steps:

  1. Allow the glue spill to dry completely first, do not try to wipe while still wet.
  2. Apply a few drops of any cooking oil like vegetable, olive or canola oil over the glue residue.
  3. Let the oil sit for 10-15 minutes to soften the glue.
  4. Use a plastic scraper, spatula or old credit card to gently scrape off the softened glue. Apply light pressure and scrape slowly.
  5. Repeat adding more oil and scraping until all residue is removed.
  6. Clean the area with a quartz cleaner or mild soap and water.

The oil breaks down the glue bonds and the plastic scraper shouldn’t scratch the quartz. Just take care not to gouge or dig the scraper on the surface.

Use WD-40

WD-40 also works to dissolve glue on quartz but ensure you test a small inconspicuous spot first to check it doesn’t stain or dull the surface.

  1. Spray WD-40 directly onto the dried glue.
  2. Let it soak in for 10 minutes.
  3. Gently scrape with a plastic scraper until the glue softens.
  4. Repeat spraying and scraping until residue is gone.
  5. Clean with quartz cleaner and dry thoroughly.

WD-40 is effective at breaking down adhesives but be cautious using it based on your quartz variety.

Try Rubbing Alcohol

Another common household item that can break down dried glue on quartz is rubbing alcohol.

  1. Pour some isopropyl alcohol directly onto the glue spill.
  2. Allow 5-10 minutes of dwell time for the alcohol to soak in and react with the glue.
  3. Use a soft cloth, sponge or paper towel to gently blot and wipe away the softened glue.
  4. Reapply alcohol and wipe as needed until residue is removed.
  5. Rinse with water and mild soap, then dry well.

The alcohol dissolves the glue bonds without damaging the quartz surface when done gently. Take care not to rub aggressively.

Use Acetone or Nail Polish Remover

For super-sticky messes like epoxy or glue from glue guns, acetone (nail polish remover) can help dissolve the dried glue on quartz.

  1. Check your quartz manufacturer’s care guide first, as acetone may damage some quartz varieties.
  2. Apply a small amount of 100% pure acetone directly onto the spill.
  3. Let it work for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Use a soft cloth to gently wipe in circular motions until the residue dissolves.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with water and pat dry.

Only use acetone if recommended for your specific quartz material and never leave it to soak, as prolonged exposure can dull the finish.

Scrape Then Use Adhesive Remover

For stubborn glue that won’t budge, a two-step approach may be needed:

  1. Gently scrape away any easily removable residue with a plastic scraper.
  2. Apply a small amount of gel adhesive remover and let it sit for the recommended time per the product instructions.
  3. Wipe away the softened glue with a cloth.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Adhesive removers available at hardware stores can dissolve the bonds in stubborn dried glue. Avoid acidic options which may etch quartz.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

It’s important to never use harsh chemicals like paint thinner, drain cleaner or acidic cleaners to remove dried glue from quartz. These can permanently etch or discolor the surface. Avoid scraping with sharp metal tools that could scratch. Always refer to your manufacturer’s care and maintenance guide before using any cleaning products on quartz.

When in Doubt, Hire a Professional

If you are uncomfortable with DIY removal or make the problem worse with any attempted cleaning methods, consider hiring a professional stone restoration company. They have industrial strength removal products and specialized tools to clean stubborn dried glue without damaging quartz countertops. This is the safest option if you have expensive quartz varieties like Silestone, Caesarstone or Cambria.

Can Glue Damage Quartz?

The good news is that dried glue won’t actually stain quartz since it is non-porous. However, damage can occur depending on the glue type and attempted removal methods:

  • Scraping aggressively can cause scratched and gouges.
  • Harsh chemicals like paint removers or drain cleaners can etch the surface.
  • Prolonged direct exposure to acetone or nail polish remover can dull the finish.
  • Tension from hardened glue can sometimes chip off small pieces if not removed promptly.

With the right gentle cleaning techniques, glue can be removed without issue. Just never use razor blades, metal scrapers, scouring pads or scrub brushes which can damage quartz.

How to Avoid Glue Messes on Quartz

The easiest solution is to take measures to avoid glue dilemmas on your quartz countertops:

  • Always use cutting boards for crafts and projects requiring glue or adhesives.
  • Cover the counter with kraft paper, plastic wrap or aluminum foil when gluing.
  • Use a removable adhesive mat designed for crafting on countertops.
  • Keep bottles capped securely and stored upright.
  • Clean up any spills or drips immediately before drying.
  • Allow kids to only use glue or paint at designated craft tables, not kitchen counters.

With a careful approach and the right methods, dried glue can be removed from quartz countertops without leaving permanent damage or unsightly stains. Just remember to take your time and use gentle cleaning solutions designed not to harm quartz surfaces. Your countertops will look good as new again after removing stubborn glue residue with care and patience.

FAQ About Removing Glue from Quartz

How do you remove super glue from quartz countertop?

Use acetone/nail polish remover for cyanoacrylate super glue. Test on a small area first and wipe with a soft cloth after letting it sit for 5 minutes. Be cautious not to leave acetone sitting too long on quartz.

What is the best glue remover for quartz?

Goo Gone, WD-40, and rubbing alcohol work well for most white and clear glues. Avoid citrus or acidic removers. For epoxy, 2-part adhesives or super glue, try acetone. Always spot test first.

Can I use a glue gun on quartz?

It is not recommended. Hot melt glue can adhere quickly and get stuck in the seams. If you must use a glue gun, lay down kraft paper first to protect the surface. Any drips must be removed promptly before drying.

How do you remove crazy glue from quartz?

Super glue bonds fast and hard. Soak the spill with acetone for up to 5 minutes then gently wipe in a circular motion until dissolved. Avoid metal scrapers as they may scratch. Reapply acetone if needed.

Does WD-40 remove super glue?

Yes, WD-40 can help dissolve cyanoacrylate super glues. Spray liberally onto the glue spill and allow to soak for 10 minutes. Gently wipe with a soft cloth, reapply if needed. Use caution and test WD-40 on quartz first.


Glue spills and sticky residue on quartz countertops can be a nuisance, but don’t despair. With some straightforward household products and the proper gentle techniques, you can remove dried glue without damaging your beautiful quartz surface. Always start mild with natural solutions like oils or rubbing alcohol. For stubborn glue, adhesive removers and acetone can break down the bonds when used cautiously. Avoid scraping harshly or using acidic chemicals. Hiring a professional may be your safest option if you are wary of DIY removal. The key is to work slowly and let the cleaning solutions react with the glue before wiping gently. With some care and effort, your quartz countertops will be free of glue and looking pristine again.