How to Remove Superglue from Quartz Countertop


Superglue, also known as cyanoacrylate adhesive, is a fast-drying adhesive that firmly bonds two surfaces together. While superglue is useful for quick repairs around the home, accidentally getting it on quartz countertops can be a nightmare. Unlike some other materials, superglue does not come off quartz easily.

Quartz countertops are made from engineered stone and known for their durability, but superglue can be stubborn to remove. With the right supplies and techniques, however, it is possible to get superglue off quartz without damaging the surface. This article will provide step-by-step instructions on safely and effectively removing superglue from quartz.

Steps to Remove Dried Superglue from Quartz

Gather the Right Supplies

  • Acetone or nail polish remover
  • White cloth
  • Plastic scraper or old credit card
  • Mineral spirits (optional)
  • Eye protection, gloves, and ventilation

Acetone-based nail polish remover is the most effective solvent for breaking down cyanoacrylate glue. Make sure to use acetone without additives like colors or fragrance. Plain mineral spirits also help dissolve superglue bonds. Protect yourself with gloves and eye protection when using chemicals.

Loosen the Superglue

Apply a small amount of acetone or nail polish remover directly onto the superglue spot using a cloth or cotton ball. Let it soak for 2-3 minutes so it can penetrate and loosen the glue. Reapply more solvent as needed until the superglue softens and swells up. The glue will turn white and cloudy when it starts breaking down.

Gently Scrape Off

Once softened, very gently begin scraping at the superglue using a plastic scraper or old credit card. Apply more solvent and keep scraping away at the glue in small circular motions until it fully lifts off the quartz. Take care not to scrape too hard or you may scratch the quartz surface.

Use Mineral Spirits for Residual Superglue

If any sticky residue remains after scraping, apply a small amount of mineral spirits and let it sit for a minute or two. Use a clean cloth to gently rub away the remaining glue. Mineral spirits help dissolve the last traces without being too harsh on the quartz.

Clean Surface with Soap and Water

Wipe the whole surface down with soapy water using a soft sponge or cloth to remove all leftover adhesive residue. Rinse thoroughly with just water and dry completely with a towel. Avoid abrasive cleaners or pads that could dull the quartz.

Tips for Avoiding Superglue Messes on Quartz

  • Always use superglue over a disposable surface like cardboard or paper
  • Apply only very small amounts needed for bonding
  • Clean any drips immediately with acetone
  • Store glue bottles upright and closed tightly
  • Keep superglue away from countertop edges
  • Cover surfaces when using superglue for household projects

FAQs About Removing Superglue from Quartz

Can I use a razor blade to scrape off dried superglue?

No, you should never use a razor blade to scrape superglue off quartz countertops. The sharp metal edge can easily scratch, pit, or etch the surface. Use a plastic scraper or credit card instead for safe scraping.

What temperature water can I use on quartz?

Avoid exposing quartz countertops to very hot water or heat sources over 150°F. Use lukewarm or cool water only when cleaning to prevent thermal shock cracks or damage.

Will acetone damage my quartz countertop?

When used properly, acetone will not damage quartz surfaces. Apply it sparingly just to the superglue spot and let it sit briefly before wiping clean. Avoid prolonged exposure to prevent discoloration or dulling over time. Test in an inconspicuous area first.

Can I use nail polish remover with additives to remove superglue?

For best results, use 100% pure acetone with no dyes, oils, or scents added. The additives can leave behind residue and may not work as effectively to dissolve cyanoacrylate glues. Check the label for “100% Acetone” only.

What if scraping does not get all the superglue off quartz?

If gentle scraping does not fully remove the superglue, reapply acetone and let it soak in for 5-10 minutes. Use a plastic putty knife to scrape again, taking care not to scratch the surface. Mineral spirits can also help remove any remaining sticky residue. Avoid harsh chemicals that could etch or discolor quartz.


Removing superglue from quartz countertops is possible with the right solvents, tools, and techniques. Soaking in acetone breaks the cyanoacrylate bonds so the glue can be gently scraped away without damaging the surface below. Mineral spirits tackle any leftover stickiness. With some strategic elbow grease and patience, your quartz can be saved from permanent superglue stickiness or stains. Just be sure to follow safety precautions when using solvents. And keep superglue far away from the countertop from now on!