How to Repair a Chip in a Quartz Countertop
A quartz countertop is sleek, durable, and timeless. While it is generally scratch, heat, and stain resistant, there are times when you may find a chip. It doesn't happen often, but if you find a chip in your quartz countertop, there is a simple way to fix it without having to replace the entire slab. Before deciding to do it on your own, check the warranty to make sure that this service isn't already provided for you. If not, here are a few materials that you will need, along with step-by-step instructions that can help to guide you through the process with ease.
Step 1 - Clean the Area
Begin by cleaning the entire counter. Start by spraying the surface thoroughly with an ammonia-based cleaner covering every section. Use a clean cloth to wipe up the spray. Make sure to get all the dirt and scum off the surface before attempting to repair any chips.
Remember that ammonia is toxic to touch and breathe in, so put on a face mask and gloves and make sure your kitchen has proper ventilation before you start working. Don't let the ammonia-based cleaner interact with water either.
Step 2 - Glue the Chip
Apply a small amount of fast-acting glue onto the chipped off section. You can use a variety of different glue brands, and your local hardware store should be able to guide you on the best product to use for your situation. Squirt the glue directly into the chip, then use a small paint brush to spread it evenly around and cover the affected area. While doing this, keep the glue bottle away from the countertop to prevent glue from dripping on the counter, which will need to be removed and may cause damage to the counter's surface.
Step 3 - Using a Razor to Remove Excess Glue
Allow the glue to dry inside of the chip for a minimum of 24 hours before moving on to the next step. Do not even attempt to touch the glue. To be on the safe side, you may want to wait a full two days to ensure the glue has completely dried. Once it is dry, use a razor blade placed at an angle to get rid of the excess glue. This needs to be done very carefully and only when wearing work gloves and safety goggles. Move the blade from side to side and up and down, to slowly chip off excess glue situated above the filled area. You do not want the chip to be raised up above the rest of the counter.
Once the chipped area is smooth and glue-free, use a clean damp rag to wipe off any remaining bits and pieces of glue. Allow the countertop to dry and check it again to make sure it is smooth and even. Repeat step 3, if you find it needs to be worked on further.
Tip: To prevent a chip in the future, consider having your quartz countertop sealed.