A Quartz worktop is one of the most durable materials to use. The stone is a combination of resin in the stone that gives it its touch quality. While they rarely crack or chips, that are not indestructible.
A chip or crack on your worktop can be upsetting. Fortunately, the chips can be repaired.
Chips and cracks usually occur when we are carrying out day-to-day tasks. Something as simple are dropping your keys on the worktop or of course heavier items falling onto them can also cause crack. This will of course happen if your worktops are in the main kitchen/cooking area of the home.
What do you need to do if your Quartz worktop needs repairing?
If you choose to do this yourself, you can use an adhesive. This is mostly used when treating a minor chip. You will also need an ammonia-based cleaner, glue, tape sandpaper and a pigment adhesive.
A lot depends on the location of the chip on the Quartz Worktops. You will need a kit with two types of epoxy. One should be a low-viscosity epoxy and one of a high variety.
You may also need a chemical spray. This will harden the epoxy after the chip has been repaired. This will only need to take place if you cannot wait the 24 hours without touching the repaired surface.
If you choose to use glue to repair, you will need a repair kit with a small syringe. You can also use this for filling epoxy into the chip.
Before tackling the chip repair, the main thing to do it is start with a clean surface. A dirty surface will compromise the repair. Use an ammonia based cleaner is one of the best ways to ensure you have the cleanest surface possible. It will remove any dirt, oil, grease or dust on the surface. Then use a gentle detergent to wipe the area as some cleaning agents can leave an abrasive which will create further damage to the worktop. Make sure you allow the area to dry completely before you begin.
Tape the area
Making sure you tape around the chipped area will make sure you have an easier application. It will also make sure stains are prevented from spreading to other areas of the worktop. This saves you time spent removing the accidental spills.
Take into consideration the colour of your worktop. If yours are dark coloured then ensure that you fill the chip/crack with a pigmented epoxy adhesive. To create the best results, mix a dye with a shade that is similar to your worktop and the adhesive. Apply the mixture thinly to the chip until it reaches the same level as the surface. Remember that the epoxy shrinks as it dries so you may need to apply extra. This make take up to 24 hours to fully dry.
If you have a lighter coloured worktop, glue will be better suited for you to fill in the chip as it is clear. Depending on where the chip is located, means you will need to think about the different glue that you may need. If the chip is on the surface, use super glue with a thin consistency. If it is an edge repair, superglue of a thicker consistency which will fill the chip much better. To make the application easier, use a brush to place the glue on to until it marries up with the countertop. This needs to be left to dry for 24 hour. You will then need some sandpaper to bring the dried epoxy adhesive to the level of the surface.
Edge chip repair
Repairing a chip on the edge of the worktop is what you require, you should follow the same process as a surface repair. The only different will be using a high viscosity epoxy instead. This will ensure the epoxy does not drip on the other surfaces.
Taking care of your Quartz worktops
Here is how you can enhance the durability of your Quartz Worktops:
- Make sure that you use a chopping board instead of cutting food directly onto the surface.
- Do not stand or sit on the worktops. A chip may occur from this if it is being used as a stool/seat over a prolonged period with the pressure.
- Try your best to keep dropping items onto the worktop, especially sharp objects
- Try to avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your worktops. This can be tempting to do, especially in a busy kitchen, but some chemicals can potentially damage the surface and make it more susceptible to chips.
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