Quartz countertops are known for their durability, but they aren’t indestructible. Sometimes, under the right circumstances, they can crack. This can be a stress-inducing, frustrating experience, but there’s no need to panic. All you have to do is understand how to fix them.
Over time, if you’re not careful, you might notice cracks, dark patches, or fissures on your quartz countertops. These could be caused by the following reasons:
- Sudden changes in temperature—avoid placing hot pans or bags of ice directly on your quartz.
- Tossing objects like spoons and car keys onto the countertop’s surface.
The process of repairing a quartz countertop is actually quite straightforward. All you’ll need is acrylic adhesive, epoxy, or a clear resin. For the best results, use a fast-setting clear epoxy because this dries to a hard consistency and blends with the aesthetic of the stone.
If your countertop is still under warranty when damage occurs, contact us at True Blue Surfaces before you get to work. We would love to help you out! Especially if the crack is large, it’s best to let the professionals handle the job.
But if you’d rather handle the job yourself, here are the steps to follow:
1. Examine the damage
Different types of damage require different filling techniques, so take a look at the location of the crack before you buy glue. If the damage is on a horizontal surface, then thin glue is your best bet. If it’s on a vertical surface, choose thicker glue and avoid drippage.
2. Clean the countertop
If you attempt to seal a crack on a dirty or sticky countertop, you’re not going to like the results. Clean the surface and ensure the whole area is dry before getting started.
3. Mask the crack
Use tape to surround the cracked area, as this will prevent glue from traveling to other parts of the countertop. If you don’t use glue to mask the area, the glue could flow to the entire countertop and produce inconsistent results.
4. Fill the crack
Apply your acrylic adhesive, epoxy, or clear resin to the broken area and make sure it spreads evenly—but don’t use your hands. Use a toothbrush or a paintbrush.
If you’re working with a small crack, place the tip of the glue on the crack and squeeze the tube. Use thin layers rather than filling the entire crack at once, and keep filling as the layers dry.
Now it’s time to wait for your countertop to dry. This might seem simple, but it could be harder than you realize not to use that section. Do your best not to use that part of your countertop for twenty-four hours.
6. Scrape the excess
Make sure that the epoxy is completely dry before you remove the tape and scrape away the excess glue. Use fine sandpaper to smooth out the spot you repaired to make sure it matches the rest of the countertop.
Taking Care of Your Quartz
As we stated, your quartz is tough but not indestructible. Cracks and chips are unlikely but possible. Take these measures to make repairs if they’re needed, or get in touch with us at True Blue Surfaces and we’ll handle the job.