How to Remove Scratch Marks from Quartz Countertops

What Causes Scratches on Quartz?

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

  • Using abrasive cleaners or scouring pads which can scratch and dull the surface. Avoid products containing acids, alkaline solutions, or ammonia.
  • Cutting food directly on the countertop can lead to scratches from knives or utensils. Always use a cutting board.
  • Dragging heavy, abrasive objects like pots and appliances across the surface can scrape and scratch quartz. Lift objects when moving them.
  • Spills that aren’t cleaned up promptly can etch scratches into the surface over time. Quartz is stain-resistant but not stain-proof.
  • Quartz is durable but not fully scratch-proof. Over time, daily wear and tear can lead to faint scratches.

How to Remove Light Surface Scratches from Quartz

If the scratches are minor surface level marks, there are a few DIY methods you can try:

Use a Quartz Polishing Kit

  • Specialized quartz polishing kits are available online or from hardware stores. These contain a quartz polish/cleanser and buffing pad.
  • Apply a small amount of the polish to the scratch in a circular motion using the buffing pad.
  • Buff the scratched area for 30-60 seconds. Avoid excessive pressure.
  • Wipe away residue and rinse with water. Repeat if needed for deeper scratches.

Try a Baking Soda and Water Paste

  • Make a paste using 3 tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon water.
  • Rub this paste gently over the scratch using a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can help remove etching.

Use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

  • Magic erasers contain melamine foam that can buff out light scratches.
  • Dampen the eraser and rub over scratches using light pressure.
  • Rinse the area afterwards. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this can dull the surface.

Fixing Deeper Scratches in Quartz Countertops

For deeper scratches that catch your fingernail, more intensive methods may be required:

Use 400-600 Grit Sandpaper

  • Wet 400-600 grit sandpaper and gently sand the scratched area using small circular motions.
  • Start with lighter 400 grit and step up to 600 as needed. This gently smooths and rounds out the scratch grooves.
  • Make sure to sand evenly across the scratch and just deep enough to remove the mark.
  • Rinse after sanding and dry the area completely.

Apply a Quartz Countertop Repair Kit

  • Repair kits contain an adhesive color-matched putty you can apply into deeper scratches using a putty knife.
  • Press putty firmly into the scratch, leaving it slightly higher than the counter surface.
  • Allow to cure fully (usually 24-48 hours), then sand flush with the surrounding quartz using 600 grit sandpaper.
  • Buff with a quartz polish and clean cloth until smooth.

Hire a Professional for Resurfacing

  • For extensive damage or repetitive deep scratches, consider hiring a professional quartz fabricator.
  • They have access to equipment like diamond grinding pads and industrial sanders to re-polish the damaged layer of quartz.
  • This completely removes deep scratches and provides a like-new finish.

Tips to Prevent Future Scratches on Quartz

Preventing scratches in the first place will save you the effort of fixing them later:

  • Use cutting boards, trivets and hot pads instead of cutting directly on quartz.
  • Clean spills promptly with a soft cloth to prevent etching.
  • Avoid harsh cleaners and abrasive pads. Use a mild soap and water for daily cleaning.
  • Don’t drag cookware, appliances or other objects across the surface. Lift items when moving them.
  • Apply a quartz sealant every 1-2 years to add protection from scratches.
  • Consider using placemats under dishes or applying a food-safe finish wax occasionally for added scratch protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to remove scratches from quartz?

Light surface scratches can be removed in 5-10 minutes using DIY methods like buffing powders or magic erasers. Deeper scratches require more intensive techniques and several hours, sometimes even spreading over days for curing and sanding time.

Can all scratches be removed from quartz countertops?

Most light to moderate scratches can be removed from quartz with the right techniques and some elbow grease. However, deep gouges penetrating multiple layers may be permanent damage. Calling a professional fabricator is recommended for severe scratches.

Will buffing scratches make my quartz hazy?

Over-buffing can leave a hazy residue, so stick to light pressure. Use a quartz-specific polish and rinse thoroughly after buffing to restore clarity. For foggy areas, re-polish using a buffing pad and quartz polish.

Should I completely re-sand my quartz to remove scratches?

No, avoid sanding the entire surface unnecessarily. Targeted sanding just on the scratches is best to preserve the counter finish. Completely re-sanding can lead to thickness reduction over time.

Is there a homemade recipe to fix quartz scratches?

Home remedies like toothpaste or baking soda can work for very light surface marks but won’t fix deeper scratches. Use the baking soda paste as a mild abrasive but don’t expect dramatic results. Purchase a quartz repair kit for best DIY results.


Removing scratches from quartz countertops restores their flawless appearance and protects value. With the right supplies and techniques, most light to moderate marks can be buffed out at home. Prevent future damage by using cutting boards, wiping spills quickly, and avoiding abrasives. Periodically reapply sealant and exercise care when using quartz counters. Take action as soon as scratches appear for easiest removal. With some persistence and elbow grease, your quartz can look scratched-free.