How to Get Rid of Scratches on Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are an increasingly popular choice for modern kitchens and bathrooms due to their durability, aesthetics, and low maintenance. However, like any surface, quartz can become scratched with day-to-day use over time. Small scratches are inevitable but there are ways to minimize and even remove light scratches on quartz.

What Causes Scratches on Quartz?

There are a few common causes of scratches on quartz countertops:

  • Using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads
  • Dragging heavy, sharp, or rough objects across the surface
  • Not using a cutting board for food prep
  • Exposure to sand or grit from outside

Quartz is very hard and scratch-resistant but not completely impervious to damage, especially when abrasive materials grind across the surface. The good news is that light surface scratches can be fixed due to the non-porous nature of quartz.

Can All Scratches on Quartz be Removed?

While it is possible to minimize the appearance of light surface scratches, not all scratches can be completely removed. Here are some factors that determine if a scratch can be fixed:

  • Depth – Surface level and very shallow scratches have the best chance of being removed. Deeper gouges are often permanent.
  • Location – Scratches around the edges or seams are harder to fix.
  • Severity – Light, hairline scratches can be reduced but severe scrapes or gouges may remain.
  • Finish – Glossy finishes hide scratches more than matte finishes.

Minor scratches less than .01 inches deep can typically be improved with the right methods. But deep scrapes that penetrate the upper layer of quartz are usually unable to be repaired.

How to Prevent Scratches on Quartz Countertops

Preventing scratches in the first place is easier than trying to remove them. Here are some tips:

  • Always use a cutting board for food preparation. Never cut directly on the counter.
  • Don’t drag heavy cookware or appliances across the surface. Lift objects to move them.
  • Use placemats or trivets under dishes to prevent scratches from plate movement.
  • Clean with a soft sponge or cloth, avoid abrasive pads.
  • Rinse any grit or dirt off of the countertop before wiping down.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals and acidic cleaners.
  • Immediately clean any spills, especially from oils, alcohol, or acids.
  • Apply a sealant upon installation and reapply yearly.
  • Install a sink mat to protect against utensils, water splashes, and more.

With proper care and maintenance, it’s possible to enjoy quartz countertops for years before scratches become a major issue.

How to Remove Light Scratches from Quartz Countertops

If you have minor surface scratches, there are several do-it-yourself options to reduce the appearance or remove them entirely. The key is using the gentlest method possible to avoid causing more damage.

Cleaning and Polishing

For very light scratches, sometimes just a thorough deep clean and polishing is enough to diminish the look of marks.

Use a soft cloth and mild non-abrasive cleaner formulated for stone surfaces. Avoid acidic or alkaline cleaners which can etch quartz. Clean the entire surface, not just the scratches.

Follow up with a quartz-safe polishing cream and buff in circular motions with a soft cloth. Over time this can help smooth micro-scratches.

Baking Soda Paste

For slightly deeper surface scratches, try making a baking soda paste.

Make a paste with baking soda and water, rub into scratches with a soft cloth or sponge. Let it sit for several minutes then rinse and dry the area thoroughly.

Baking soda is a gentle abrasive that can buff out etching and light scratches. Repeat as needed.


Very light sanding can reduce the visibility of superficial scratches. This requires using fine grit sandpaper (400 grit or higher) and a delicate technique.

First, tape around the scratched area to protect the surrounding surface. Then, gently rub the sandpaper only over the scratch in straight motions. Check often to avoid removing too much material.

Use a polishing compound on the sanded area to restore the glossy finish afterwards.

Quartz Renewer Products

There are some scratch remover kits specifically designed for quartz that contain abrasives to grind away light damage. Products include Ager Scratch Remover Kit or Gel-Gloss.

Follow the product instructions carefully, as rubbing too aggressively can worsen scratches. Only apply to surface level scratches.

Professional Resurfacing

For deep scratches or damage beyond DIY methods, professional quartz resurfacing may be required. This involves mechanically polishing off a thin top layer to remove scratches and expose a fresh surface underneath.

An experienced fabricator will have specialized equipment to grind down and refinish the damaged section of the countertop. This process can restore the look of severely scratched quartz.

How to Hide Severe Scratches on Quartz

If a scratch is too deep to be removed entirely, you can reduce the appearance by disguising it:

  • Apply a coating of clear nail polish or super glue into the scratch which will mask the look of the mark.
  • Use a quartz color repair kit to fill scratches with material that matches your countertop color.
  • Arrange kitchen items like a knife block or decor strategically over damaged areas.
  • If the scratch is around the sink, install a stainless steel sink grid to conceal it.
  • Install a new edge profile or backsplash to cover up scratches around the edges.
  • For severe damage in a small area, cutting out and replacing that section of quartz may be an option.

With creative solutions, even the most unsightly scratches can be hidden if not removed completely. Just be sure to prevent further damage in the process.

FAQ About Removing Scratches from Quartz

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about fixing scratches on quartz countertops:

Can I use automotive buffing or scratch remover compounds on my quartz?

No, automotive products should be avoided as they can be too abrasive and contain chemicals that can damage the finish or etch the surface. Use polishing creams designed specifically for natural stone and quartz.

What about scratch repair kits – do they work on quartz?

Yes, look for scratch remover kits formulated for engineered stone. They contain microscopic abrasives that can grind away light damage without altering the surface. Avoid ones with solvents that could dull the finish.

Will white vinegar or lemon juice remove scratches from my quartz?

No. While these work on some natural stones, acidic products will etch and damage quartz. Always avoid vinegar, lemon juice, or cleaning products containing acids.

I have a deep gouge – can I use an epoxy filler to repair it?

For minimal filling, an epoxy designed for solid surfaces may be used. But large repairs are not recommended as the filler material does not have the same properties as quartz and could discolor or fall out over time.

Is there a polish I can apply to make scratches totally invisible?

Unfortunately there is no product that will completely hide deep scratches or damage to the finish. Maintaining the factory sheen and using subtle disguising techniques are the best options for severe scratches.

How much does professional quartz resurfacing cost compared to a full replacement?

Professional resurfacing averages $50-$100 per square foot. A full replacement of quartz countertops can be $80-$150 per square foot installed. Get quotes from fabricators to compare.


While quartz is very durable, daily wear and tear can lead to surface scratches. Thankfully there are ways to reduce the look of light surface damage on your own with careful cleaning, sanding, baking soda, and polishing compounds. For deeper scratches that persist, calling in a pro for resurfacing or making creative cover-ups are good alternatives to a complete replacement. With some effort, it is possible to keep quartz countertops looking almost scratch-free for years. Implement preventative measures, address scratches promptly, and your quartz can stay looking like new.