Quartz is one of the most beautiful countertop materials that you can install in your home. Quartz can be made in any color that you want and can even mimic marble or quartzite. It holds up to daily use with ease and does not need any special care to keep it looking its best.
Quartz is easy to install and is not prone to cracks, scratches or other damage that other counter surfaces can display after a few years of use. This durability makes it a great choice for all the countertop surfaces in your home. Learn more about caring for your quartz countertops here.
If you have found a small chip in your quartz countertop, and you want to learn more about how to fix minor damage to your quartz counters, read on!
How to Fix a Chip In Your Quartz Countertop
Quartz countertops are very durable and are not prone to scratches, dings, and cracks. This is part of what makes them a great and popular choice for countertops these days. That being said, it is still possible to chip a quartz countertop if something is dropped on the countertop with force, or if someone stands on the counter surface.
If you have a chip in your counter and are not sure how to fix it, read on to learn more about this kind of damage and how to repair it.
What Causes Chips in Your Quartz Countertop?
Quartz is very durable and damage like chips is rare. However, you can still chip your quartz countertops. The things that cause chips in your quartz countertops can usually be avoided, but things can still happen that you do not expect.
- Bumping with sharp edges. This can happen when you install a new appliance, or if something like a ladder is carried through the kitchen. This will usually affect an edge of the counter and not the center. It is easy to avoid this kind of damage by taping towels to the edges of your counters when you know there will be work done in the room that might harm them.
- Heavy objects being dropped on the counter. This might be a large cooking utensil like a pot or a pan, or it could be an object that does not normally live in the kitchen that has been brought inside for some reason.
- Sitting or standing on the counter. This should never be done with any kitchen counter and it can often lead to chips or deep scratches in the surface of the counter.
- Damage at installation. Very rarely a corner or an edge of your countertop can be chipped when the counter is being installed. This should always be fixed by the installer because it was their error at the time of install.
How do I Fix a Chip in My Quartz Countertop?
If you have noticed a chip in your countertop, always consult your warranty first. This is the first line of defense for this kind of repair. If you have a warranty in place to fix the chip in your countertop, that is often the best solution for your repair needs. Most quartz countertops are warrantied for up to 10 years.
If your warranty has lapsed, you can do the repair for the chip yourself using this simple set of tips and tricks.
- Prepare the space for the repair by clearing it of debris and wiping it clean with a wet rag. Use an ammonia-based cleaner to remove surface grease or oils and any other substances that might interfere with the repair.
- Wipe dry with a clean cloth and let rest for a few minutes
- Surround the chip with masking tape. This creates a barrier for spills of the materials that are being used for the repair.
- If you have light counters, you will use superglue to fill the chip. Get the right consistency glue for your needs. If the chip is very small, use a thin glue, but if it is thick, you will need a thicker glue to fill the damage.
- Dark counters require that you use a pigmented epoxy to fill the chip. You will need to color match the pigment before you apply, so make sure that you do your research on this part of the process carefully before you start the repair.
- To apply your glue or epoxy, always use a small spoon or spatula. Fill the chip slowly so that you do not overflow it and get glue onto surfaces that do not need repair.
- Let dry for at least 24 hours. If the chip is very deep, it might take longer than 24 hours to dry.
- Sand the excess glue off with a very fine grit sandpaper. Smooth the edges of the chipped area carefully so that you do not scratch the countertop.
- Once this is done, the counter should look smooth and unflawed again! You will be so glad that you filled in the chip before stains could set into the layers that have been exposed by the damage and you will not be able to see the chip anymore!
Repairing Chips in Quartz is Easy!
Thankfully you will probably never have to repair a chip in your quartz countertop, and with a warranty in place, you may not have to do the work yourself if you do find a chip that needs attention. This is the right kind of counter to pick for your home if you want to avoid this kind of repair work.
Quartz is a great countertop choice for so many reasons, and the ease with which minor damage can be repaired is just one of its benefits. Quartz will hold up to all kinds of daily uses and will never need to be sanded down and resealed unless some kind of fluke accident occurs.
Quartz is a beautiful, durable, and high-quality countertop material that is perfect in any room of your home.