How to Remove Super Glue from Quartz Countertops

Super glue, also known as cyanoacrylate, is a fast-drying adhesive that firmly bonds surfaces together in seconds. While super glue is useful for quick repairs around the home, accidents can happen, resulting in unwanted super glue remnants on surfaces like quartz countertops. Thankfully, there are several methods you can try to remove dried super glue from your quartz.

Why Super Glue is Hard to Remove

Super glue is designed to create an incredibly strong, permanent bond between surfaces. This is achieved through a chemical reaction that occurs when the adhesive comes into contact with moisture. The cyanoacrylate molecules in the glue rapidly polymerize, or join together to form long, rigid chains that bind the glued items tightly.

Once fully cured, these robust chemical bonds make super glue notoriously difficult to break. Trying to pry apart glued items risks damaging them. Super glue will also tenaciously stick to skin and surfaces, resisting removal even after drying. This can make super glue spills and drips a headache to clean from countertops.

Quartz countertops present a especially tricky surface for super glue removal. The resin and stone aggregates that make up quartz create a non-porous material that resists stains, damage and moisture. While this makes quartz an excellent, low-maintenance countertop choice, it also prevents super glue solvents from penetrating and breaking down the adhesive bonds.

With a bit of patience and the right techniques, however, you can remove dried super glue without ruining your beautiful quartz countertops.

Gather the Right Supplies

Before tackling super glue stuck to your quartz, assemble a few helpful supplies:

  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls, cotton pads, or paper towels
  • Plastic scraper or old credit card
  • Mineral spirits
  • Dowel rod or rubber mallet (for tapping)
  • Razor blades
  • Eye and skin protection like gloves and safety glasses

Acetone-based nail polish remover is a widely recommended solvent for weakening super glue bonds. For quartz specifically, look for 100% pure acetone formulas without additives like vitamin E oil, as these can leave residue.

Along with acetone, mineral spirits can also help dissolve super glue. For scraping and chipping at glue, an old store loyalty card or gift card works well. Protective gear like latex gloves and goggles are strongly advised, as acetone and mineral spirits can irritate skin and eyes.

Softening with Acetone

As a first step, try softening the super glue by saturating it with acetone. This may break down the bonds enough to allow the glue to be peeled or scraped off.

Wearing gloves, soak a cotton ball, pad or paper towel with acetone nail polish remover. Place it directly onto the super glue stain on your quartz and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. The acetone will work to dissolve the adhesive.

After allowing time for the acetone to penetrate, you can attempt peeling and scraping off the glue. If it remains firmly stuck, reapply acetone and let it soak longer. The glue bonds should weaken with extended acetone exposure.

Scraping and Chipping

For super glue that remains after acetone treatment, your next option is to carefully scrape and chip it away. This takes some effort, but can remove stubborn traces of adhesive without damaging the resilient quartz.

Slide a plastic scraper or old gift card under one corner of the super glue deposit. Apply pressure as you work the scraper back and forth, slowly lifting up the glue as it separates from the countertop.

Alternatively, you can use the edge of a razor blade to gently pry up and chip away at the glue. Apply even pressure, working patiently to avoid gouging the quartz. Rinse the scraper or blade frequently to remove glue residue buildup.

Switch to a dowel rod or rubber mallet if any adhesive still persists. Firmly tap the rod against the stain to break the super glue bonds through blunt force. Acetone can be reapplied periodically to further weaken the glue.

Mineral Spirits for Final Residue

For the final clean-up of any remaining super glue trace or haze on your quartz, utilize mineral spirits. The mineral spirits work similarly to acetone in dissolving and removing the adhesive.

Dip a clean cloth or paper towel in the mineral spirits and gently rub over the affected area of the countertop. Let it soak for a few minutes before wiping away. Repeat as needed for complete glue removal.

When finished cleaning, wash the quartz thoroughly with warm water and dish soap to remove all solvent residue. Wipe dry with a soft cloth. Inspect closely in bright lighting and repeat the process if any faint glue is still visible.

Prevention Tips

To avoid having to remove super glue from your quartz countertops in the future:

  • Always use super glue with care and protect surfaces when gluing items.
  • Keep super glue stored safely away from countertops and surfaces.
  • Clean up any spills or drips immediately for easier removal.
  • Consider using painter’s tape around the project area when gluing.
  • Opt for less permanent glues like wood glue for household repairs when feasible.

With the right methods and a little patience, dried super glue can be removed from quartz countertops without causing permanent damage. Just take care when handling solvents like acetone and mineral spirits, work slowly and gently when scraping and chipping, and thoroughly clean the quartz when finished for a sparkling countertop free of sticky super glue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use rubbing alcohol instead of acetone?

Rubbing alcohol may potentially work to soften super glue bonds. However, acetone nail polish remover is generally considered more effective due to its stronger solvent properties. Make sure to use a 100% pure acetone formula.

How can I avoid scratching my quartz countertop when scraping off glue?

Work slowly and gently when scraping to avoid scratching the quartz surface. Opt for plastic tools like an old gift card. You can also apply painter’s tape around the glue deposit to create a buffer zone for the scraper tool.

Is Goo Gone an effective super glue remover for quartz?

Goo Gone and similar citrus-based adhesive removers are not usually effective on fully cured super glue. These products work best on soft or gummy glues and residues. Acetone or mineral spirits will likely be more successful options for super glue on quartz.

Can I use a metal razor blade to scrape off the super glue?

You can attempt using a razor blade, but take extreme care. Metal blades can easily scratch or gouge quartz surfaces. Frequently rinse and wipe the blade, and use light even pressure to avoid damage. Plastic scrapers are safer options.

How can I avoid getting acetone and mineral spirits on other areas of my countertop?

Use painter’s tape or masking tape to create a barrier around the super glued area you are treating. This will prevent solvents from spreading and possibly damaging or discoloring surrounding sections of your quartz countertop.


Super glue accidents inevitably happen, but with the right solvents, tools and techniques, this stubborn adhesive can be removed from quartz countertops without leaving behind damage or unsightly stains. Be sure to take safety precautions when using chemicals like acetone or mineral spirits. Attempting removal methods slowly and gently will provide the best results. With some perseverance, you can restore your quartz countertops to their former flawless glory.