How to Hone Quartz Countertop

Quartz countertops are a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects due to their durability, low maintenance, and stylish appearance. However, over time, the surface can become dulled and scratched from daily use. Honing is a process that can restore the quartz to a smooth, glossy finish. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to properly hone a quartz countertop.

What You’ll Need

  • Diamond honing pads – 400 grit, 800 grit, 1500 grit, 3000 grit
  • Variable speed polisher
  • Extension cord
  • Water spray bottle
  • Microfiber towels
  • Gloves and safety glasses
  • Denatured alcohol

Before You Begin Honing

  • Clean the countertop thoroughly with mild soap and water to remove any dirt or debris. Rinse and dry completely.
  • Check for any deep scratches, chips or cracks that may need professional repair prior to honing.
  • Cover any walls or backsplashes with plastic sheeting to protect from splashing during honing.
  • Have proper ventilation in your workspace to minimize breathing dust.

Step-by-Step Honing Process

Stage 1 – Heavy Scratch Removal with 400 Grit Pad

  • Attach the 400 grit diamond pad to the polisher. Dampen the pad with water.
  • Work in small sections, moving the polisher side to side and overlapping passes. Apply light pressure.
  • Spray water as needed to lubricate and keep the pad wet.
  • Continue over all areas until deep scratches are removed. Clean pad frequently.
  • Wipe area with a damp microfiber towel and check for remaining scratches. repeat if needed.

Stage 2 – Restoration with 800 Grit Pad

  • Switch to the 800 grit pad, dampen, and repeat process over all areas.
  • Work thoroughly to remove all 400 grit pad scratches.
  • Wipe with a damp towel and inspect.

Stage 3 – Refining with 1500 Grit Pad

  • Attach the 1500 grit pad and dampen with water.
  • Repeat polishing process over the entire surface.
  • Wipe with a damp towel and inspect for any remaining 800 grit pad marks.

Stage 4 – High Gloss Polishing with 3000 Grit Pad

  • Switch to the 3000 grit pad. Keep wet while polishing.
  • Apply a few drops of denatured alcohol to help lubricate the polishing pad.
  • Work over the entire surface to reveal a glossy, light halo finish.
  • Make overlapping passes until you achieve an evenly polished surface.
  • Wipe clean with a dry microfiber towel.

Finishing Touches

  • Clean up all honing residues with warm water and dish soap. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Use a high quality quartz countertop polish to protect the finish. Avoid wax-based products.
  • Buff with a dry microfiber cloth to reveal super high gloss.
  • Schedule honing as needed to maintain the quartz surface and remove new scratches.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I hone my quartz countertop?

Most quartz countertops need honing every 1-2 years depending on use. Inspect regularly for dullness and scratches. Hone as soon as you notice loss of gloss.

Can I hone quartz myself or do I need a professional?

With the right tools, honing quartz is a DIY-friendly project. The key is using proper grit sequence of diamond pads. Always start with lowest grit to fix damage before polishing.

What causes quartz countertops to scratch and dull over time?

Daily use, spills, cleaning, and scrubbing can dull the surface. Metal pans, oven racks, and utensils are common culprits of scratches.

Should I use wax or sealant on my quartz?

No, waxes can build up and lead to a hazy appearance. Use a quartz-specific polish instead. Avoid abrasive cleaners which can damage the surface.

Are there certain stains/damages that can’t be honed out?

Deep gouges, chips, and cracks in the surface cannot be repaired by honing alone. Professional repair or replacement may be necessary in those cases.


Regularly honing and polishing your quartz countertops is the key to maintaining their durability and appearance over time. By following these steps using the proper grit sequence of diamond polishing pads, you can safely remove scratches and restore a like-new glossy finish. Be sure to properly prep your workspace, work in stages, and keep the pads wet for best results. Honing every 1-2 years helps your quartz countertops withstand years of use while keeping their polished beauty.