Removing Sealer From Quartz
I purchased white Caesarstone quartz countertops directly from a manufacturer, but I didn't realized they sealed the stone until it was installed under my drop in tub.
The "film" started flaking off once I started scrubbing it with my finger thinking it was silicone... How do I strip the sealer
without damaging the quartz stone? I went to the manufacture and they told me to scrub it off with fine steel wool. Can someone please help me??
I'd defer to the manufacturer and follow their instructions on this one.
Here's why: Caesarstone is not actually a "stone"
. It's a man-made quartz countertop
like Silestone, Zodiac, Cambria quartz and others. These are made from
stone combining quartz in a resin that is dyed and formed into slabs.Solvents and other chemicals
that you could use on granite countertops to remove a sealer will likely damage the resin in your quartz countertops.
And Caesarstone did not seal it. It isn't meant to be sealed. Quartz countertops have a low rate of absorption and do not stain easy.
They say it is stain-proof, but that's not quite true. Quartz countertops can be stained
. It's very hard to do, but it does happen. It just can't be sealed.
So, I'd kick whoever told you it needed to be sealed in the shins. Just kidding... but that advice is plain wrong.
I wish I could help you more, but give the steel wool a shot. We recommend using steel wool as well for some issues, so this may work fine.Learn more about granite vs. quartz
at the countertops materials page.
Removing Gloss Sealer from a Quartz Countertop
We have just had a Cambria quartz countertop installed. When the backsplash was installed the installer sealed it with Tilelab Gloss Sealer and Finish and he has spilled some of it on the countertop. What would be the best product
to use to remove the sealer from the quartz countertop?
it were a granite countertop (or any other natural stone) I'd suggest using acetone or methylene chloride to strip a sealer....However,
such solvents could potentially damage the resin that colors and binds the quartz of a quartz countertop.
So, DO NOT use solvents or any other strong chemical like bleach or acids on Silestone, Cambria, Zodiac, HanStone, or any brand of quartz countertops. Many chemicals will permanently damage quartz countertops. You may try
using 0000 grade steel wool pad, but go lightly. It should not scratch at all, but again this is a man-made product, so options for repair/cleaning are more limited than with granite or natural stone countertops.But first
, I'd contact the manufacturer and see what they recommend for removing a sealer.