How to Get Nail Glue Off Quartz Countertops


Nail glue can be notoriously difficult to remove from countertops, especially quartz countertops. Quartz countertops are made from natural stone particles held together by resin, making them extra hard and durable. This also makes them prone to staining from super strong adhesives like nail glue.

Getting nail glue off quartz requires using the right techniques and products to break down the adhesive without damaging the countertop. With some effort and patience, it is possible to remove dried nail glue and restore your quartz countertops to their original, beautiful condition.

Supplies Needed

  • Goo Gone or acetone nail polish remover
  • Soft clean cloths
  • Plastic scraper or old credit card
  • Painter’s tape
  • Bowl of warm water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Baking soda and water paste

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Scrape off any excess glue

If there are any large globs of nail glue on the countertop, use a plastic scraper or old credit card to gently scrape off as much as possible. Try to remove dried glue without gouging or scratching the quartz surface.

Step 2: Apply Goo Gone or acetone

Liberally apply Goo Gone, nail polish remover containing acetone, or another adhesive remover designed for use on quartz and other stone surfaces. Check the product label to ensure it is safe for quartz.

Let it sit for 2-3 minutes to allow the chemicals time to break down the glue.

Step 3: Gently scrub with a soft cloth

Dip a soft clean cloth into warm water mixed with a few drops of mild dish soap. Gently scrub at the glue stain in small circular motions. The soap helps lubricate the surface.

Rinse the cloth frequently in the warm water. Avoid using abrasive scrubbers or sponges that could scratch the quartz.

Step 4: Rinse and dry

Thoroughly rinse the area with clean water and dry with a soft towel. Inspect to see if any glue remains. Repeat steps 2-4 if needed until all residue is gone.

Step 5: Use baking soda paste

For extra stubborn spots, make a paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Apply it directly to the glue stain.

Let it sit for 5 minutes before scrubbing with a damp cloth. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can help lift off remaining adhesive. Rinse and dry the area.

Step 6: Use painter’s tape

If there is glue residue left in cracks or crevices, use painter’s tape to help remove it. Press the tape over the spot, seal firmly, then quickly peel it off. This should lift any remaining gunk.

Tips and Warnings

  • Test adhesive removers on an inconspicuous spot first to check for any discoloration of the quartz.
  • Avoid using metal scrapers or razor blades that could scratch the surface.
  • Work in small sections and don’t let adhesive removers dry on the countertop.
  • For solid surface quartz, consult the manufacturer’s care guide for their recommended cleaning methods.
  • Avoid getting nail glue on quartz countertops by using a glue mat or designated gluing area.
  • Clean up any spills ASAP as dried glue is harder to remove.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use acetone or nail polish remover on quartz countertops?

Yes, as long as it specifically states “safe for quartz” on the label. Pure acetone or nail polish remover may damage some quartz materials. Goo Gone is a safer option.

What household items can remove dried nail glue?

Goo Gone, WD-40, painter’s tape, baking soda paste, and coconut oil can all help dissolve and lift nail glue off quartz. Avoid lemon juice or vinegar which may etch quartz.

How can I prevent nail glue stains?

Use a silicone glue mat or designated area for gluing on nails. Clean up spills immediately with acetone or Goo Gone. Avoid using excessive amounts of glue and store bottles tightly closed.

Can I use a magic eraser on quartz countertops?

No, magic erasers are too abrasive for quartz and can dull the surface over time. Stick to soft cloths and non-scratch scrubbers.

How can I make my quartz counters stain-resistant?

Apply a penetrating quartz sealer every 1-2 years per manufacturer directions. This adds a protective layer while still allowing the natural beauty of the stone to show through.


Removing nail glue from quartz countertops takes a bit of work, but it can be done with the proper techniques. The key is using adhesive removers specifically formulated not to harm quartz, combined with gentle scrubbing motions. With some perseverance, you can get rid of sticky nail glue residue and keep your counters pristine. Just be sure to take precautions when using glues and adhesives around quartz surfaces.