What is Quartz?
Quartz countertops, sometimes called engineered stone, are made from ground natural quartz crystals combined with resins and pigments. The result is a very hard, non-porous surface that resists scratches, stains, and heat.
Some key features of quartz:
- Extremely durable – quartz has a hardness rating of 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, compared to a 10 for diamond.
- Non-porous – does not require sealing like natural stone.
- Resists stains – quartz won’t absorb liquids like granite or marble can.
- Available in wide range of colors/patterns – from solid colors to realistic marble looks.
- Requires less maintenance than natural stone.
Is Soft Scrub Safe for Quartz?
Soft Scrub is a brand of household cleaner marketed as a gentle daily scrub for showers, sinks, countertops and more. Traditional Soft Scrub contains small abrasive particles, bleach, and other cleaning agents.
The abrasives in Soft Scrub make it too harsh for quartz countertops. Over time, the scrubbing particles can damage the surface. Discoloration can also occur from the bleach ingredient.
Soft Scrub does offer a specific Soft Scrub for Granite & Stone product that is safe for use on quartz. It contains no abrasives or bleach. Using the stone-safe formula of Soft Scrub will not harm or dull the quartz surface.
Recommended Cleaners for Quartz
While Soft Scrub original formula should be avoided, there are many good options for safely cleaning quartz countertops without damaging the surface:
- Mild dish soap – Diluted in warm water, everyday dish soap can handle most spills and messes on quartz.
- Stone cleaner – Specialty stone cleaners, either spray or wipes, are designed just for engineered stone and won’t corrode or etch quartz.
- Hydrogen peroxide – For disinfecting or stubborn stains, hydrogen peroxide is quartz-safe. Avoid combining it with vinegar.
- Baking soda – Makes a gentle, non-abrasive scrub to lift dirt when combined with water. Rinse thoroughly after using.
- Glass cleaner – If streaks or fingerprints bother you, a standard glass cleaner will cut through grease and leave quartz sparkling.
No matter which product you choose, be sure to read labels and verify the cleaner is safe for engineered stone, quartz or granite. Avoid ingredients like lemon, vinegar or acids that can etch quartz over time. Follow any diluting instructions carefully.
Proper Maintenance for Quartz Countertops
Following good care and cleaning habits will keep your quartz looking like new:
- Wipe up spills quickly to prevent stains.
- Clean surfaces regularly with a soft sponge or microfiber cloth.
- Avoid exposing quartz to excessive heat. Always use trivets for hot pans.
- Use cutting boards to protect from knives or impact.
- Clean quartz thoroughly after working with raw meats to avoid bacteria growth.
- Re-seal quartz annually as preventative maintenance, even though it is non-porous.
By selecting the proper cleaners and avoiding abrasive formulas like original Soft Scrub, you can safely clean your quartz counters without worrying about damage. With routine care, quartz countertops will stay looking beautiful for many years.
Frequently Asked Questions About Soft Scrub and Quartz
Can I use Soft Scrub Daily Shower on my quartz shower walls?
Yes, Soft Scrub Daily Shower is safe to use on quartz surfaces in the bathroom. It contains no harsh abrasives or bleach that could harm quartz over time.
What could happen if I used regular Soft Scrub on my quartz sink?
The abrasive particles in original Soft Scrub can permanently scratch and dull the surface of quartz sinks or countertops. Discoloration can also occur over time from the bleach.
Is Soft Scrub with Oxi ok for quartz backsplashes?
No, Soft Scrub with Oxi contains hydrogen peroxide, which can potentially etch or discolor quartz. Always spot test hydrogen peroxide cleaners first on an inconspicuous part of the quartz.
Can I mix Soft Scrub and vinegar as a homemade quartz cleaner?
No, you should never clean quartz with an acidic homemade cleaner containing vinegar or lemon juice. Even non-abrasive Soft Scrub contains bleaching agents that make this mixture too harsh for quartz.
Is Soft Scrub Gel safe for use on my quartz floor tiles?
Soft Scrub Gel contains no bleach but does have abrasive particles for scrubbing. Over time, these abrasives could dull the surface of quartz floor tiles. A better option is a stone-safe floor cleaner.
Quartz countertops and other surfaces add beauty and luxury to any home. While durable, quartz still requires proper care and cleaning routines. Harsh, abrasive cleaners like original Soft Scrub should be avoided to prevent scratching or discoloring the quartz. Specialty stone cleaners, dish soap, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide or glass cleaner make safer options. With the right gentle cleaning products and habits, quartz countertops can stay looking like new for many years of daily use.