Quartz countertops are a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms because of their durability, visual appeal, and low maintenance. However, like any surface, quartz can get dirt, scuffs, and stains over time. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a popular cleaning tool known for easily removing marks from walls, floors, and other household surfaces. But is it safe to use on quartz?
What is Quartz?
Quartz countertops, sometimes referred to as engineered stone, are made from ground natural quartz crystals combined with polymer resins and pigments. The quartz makes up over 90% of the material. It is an engineered composite rather than a natural stone. The resins bind the quartz particles together to form a durable, non-porous surface. Quartz is harder than natural stone like granite and more flexible and resistant to cracks and chips. It comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns to suit any style.
The non-porous nature of quartz makes it very stain resistant and easy to keep clean. Liquids and spills normally bead up and can be wiped away easily. But it is still possible for stains to set in over time if spills are not cleaned up promptly. Etching can also occur from prolonged exposure to acidic substances.
What is Magic Eraser?
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a cleaning tool made by Procter & Gamble. It consists of a lightweight, porous foam material impregnated with chemical cleaning agents. The main active ingredients are melamine foam and sodium carbonate. When wetted, the Magic Eraser expands slightly and becomes abrasive, allowing it to scrub away dirt, grime, scuffs, and stains with just water.
The melamine foam gives the eraser a texture that can help lift residue from surfaces. Sodium carbonate acts as a mild abrasive and degreaser. The friction from scrubbing combined with the chemical cleaner allows Magic Eraser to break down and remove all types of marks without harsh scrubbing or chemicals. It is safe for use on many delicate household surfaces.
Is Magic Eraser Safe for Quartz?
Magic Eraser is generally considered safe to use on quartz countertops. When used properly, it will not damage or etch the quartz surface. Here are some tips for using Magic Eraser on quartz:
- Wet the Magic Eraser thoroughly and wring out any excess water before applying to the quartz. It needs water to activate the cleaner, but too much water can pool and sit on the surface.
- Gently rub in a circular motion concentrating on the stain or mark. Do not aggressively scrub the surface.
- Rinse thoroughly after cleaning and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.
- Spot test a small, inconspicuous area first to check for any effects.
- Avoid using on polished or very glossy quartz finishes, as it can dull the shine.
- Do not use Magic Eraser too frequently, as repeated use can gradually cause surface etching or wear.
The biggest risk when using Magic Eraser on quartz is from the abrasive action of the melamine foam. If you scrub too hard, it can potentially scratch, scuff, or etch the surface over time. By gently rubbing and rinsing well after use, it can safely clean quartz without damage.
For routine cleaning, a soft sponge or cloth with warm water and mild soap is usually sufficient for quartz countertops. For tougher stains:
- Glass cleaner or ammonia-based cleaner
- Baking soda paste
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Vinegar or lemon juice for watermarks
- Bar Keepers Friend powder cleaner
Always avoid abrasive scrubbers, scouring pads, or powders that can scratch the quartz surface. An occasional reapplication of quartz sealer can also help protect the finish.
When to Avoid Magic Eraser
While Magic Eraser is generally safe for quartz, it’s best to avoid using it in some situations where it could potentially damage the surface:
- On polished, glossy, or very smooth quartz – can dull and etch the finish
- Around sinks and faucets – repeated exposure to water can damage quartz over time
- On floors or outdoor quartz surfaces – could gradually erode the surface
- On quartz with cracks, chips, or existing etching – can further damage compromised areas
- As a frequent go-to cleaner – stick to mild detergents for routine cleaning
It’s also important to avoid getting too aggressive while cleaning quartz with Magic Eraser. Scrubbing too vigorously or using on very stubborn stains can potentially mar the surface over time. Spot test first and rub gently.
Magic Eraser can be safely used on most quartz countertops to remove stains and marks when used properly. The biggest keys are to only use a lightly dampened pad, rub very gently, thoroughly rinse after cleaning, and not over-use. For routine maintenance, mild detergent and water is best for this durable surface. With some care, Magic Eraser can occasionally tackle problem spots and restore quartz to its original beauty.