How to disinfect stone without the risk of etching

Disinfecting the surfaces around your home is an essential part of any cleaning routine. Unfortunately, there are a lot of substances out there that will do more harm than good. Here are some important tips to keep n mind when disinfecting your stone surfaces.

About etching

Etching affects the uppermost layer or the finish of your natural stone worktops. It is a chemical reaction that occurs when acidic substances react with the calcium in the stone. Not only will the change be visible, but you will also feel a change in the texture. Many people refer to this type of damage as water marks but it’s so much more than that. While water can be wiped away, etch damage cannot.

Use the right cleaner

There are two main considerations to keep in mind. Firstly, you want to look for a stone-safe cleaner. Secondly, you need to look for a cleaner that will properly disinfect the surface. If you want to make your own cleaner, all you need to do is mix 50% isopropyl rubbing alcohol with 50% water. You will need to allow 3 – 5 minutes for the cleaning solution to take effect.

If, despite your best efforts, your worktops suffer from etching damage, there is still hope. You can use a marble polishing compound to remove minor etch damage. If the damage is more severe, you might need to call a stone restoration professional. They will have all the supplies and tools needed to get your worktops looking great again in no time.


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