Can Damaged Quartz Be Repaired?
Quartz Countertop Repair Tips
Quartz is renowned as one the hardest materials on the planet. When manufactured into countertops, it is highly scratch resistance and won’t chip or crack very easily. However, it’s not indestructible and can be damaged. Seams and edges are more vulnerable and therefore the areas most likely to chip or crack if struck by a heavy object. Subjecting quartz surfaces to sudden changes in temperature can also lead to damage.
Chipped Countertop Repair
Repairing small chips in quartz is a fairy simple process that is typically performed using a clear, quartz-compatible epoxy resin or superglue. It dries to a hard consistency and allows the natural color and texture of the surface to show through. In some cases color is added to the epoxy to improve blending of repairs made to darker or colored quartz. Professionals often use quartz repair kits that are formulated for quartz or recommended by the manufacturer.
Repairing uneven seams in quartz countertops typically involves the same filling process. If the two joining sections of quartz are uneven, it’s recommended that you contact a countertop installation company for repairs. They employ special tools designed to join separated or uneven seams. Because caulk is sometimes used to join gaps and keep out moisture, it’s important to remove any caulk residue that could interfere with the adhesion of the repair to the seam between the quartz sections.
If the chip is larger or goes all the way through the quartz, then the hole will need to be patched with a piece of quartz.
Protecting Quartz Countertops From Damage
Like all surfaces, quartz surfaces need to be cared for to prevent accidental damage. By following these tips you can keep your countertops looking great for years.
- Always use trivets or mats under hot pots, pans, and bakeware to avoid heat damage
- Use caution to avoid dropping heavy objects on the quartz surface
- Always use a cutting board to protect your countertop
- Liquids like wine, coffee, tea, or lemon juice should be wiped up right away to prevent potential staining
- Avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals or products that contain bleach or ammonia. Also, avoid abrasive cleaners as they can dull the surface over time
- Do not stand or sit on countertops
Have questions about caring for your quartz or other natural stone countertops? Give All American Granite a call. We can help answer all your questions.