Tips for sanitizing natural stone worktops

02-Apr-2015 Since your kitchen is used for preparing meals and beverages, it’s understandable that this should be one of the most hygienic rooms in your home. You cannot cut and prepare food on a dirty surface or you might end up compromising your health as well as the health of those around you.

Natural stone worktops are extremely popular for various reasons. Not only are they durable and elegant but they can also be an extremely safe choice for those worried about cleanliness. While many natural stones are usually quite porous, they are sealed upon installation and this prevents substances from embedding in the stone itself. This means that bacteria cannot make a home for itself in the stone. Resealing is necessary every so often but well worth it when you consider the benefits.

For general sanitizing, warm soapy water will do the trick. Avoid acidic cleaners and only use gentle products recommended for use on natural stone surfaces. If you want to perform some extra disinfecting for whatever reason, you can mix a solution of 91% isopropyl alcohol with an equal amount of water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto your worktops and allow it to sit for up to five minutes before rinsing thoroughly with water and patting dry with a microfibre cloth.

Bleach and other harsh cleaners might work fine on many other surfaces but they are not suitable for natural stone. They will disinfect the surface but they will cause damage at the same time.

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