How to disinfect your natural stone worktops

Given the increased concern regarding disinfecting surfaces, it’s important to remember that it’s not merely a matter of spraying a particular solution on the surface and all is well. If you want to keep your natural worktops safe, clean and prevent damage, here are some steps to follow:

Wash with soap

Soap and warm water should be used first to remove surface and stubborn dirt. While you want to wash your worktops thoroughly, you do not want to scrub them. You should also not use abrasives since they will damage your worktops. Soap is effective in creating a slippery surface which also makes it difficult for germs to maintain their hold on the surface. In other words, just like larger dirt particles, soap makes germs slip around so that they can be rinsed away.

Rinse thoroughly

Make sure that you rinse the surface thoroughly with clean, warm water. As you rinse the soap, you will remove any contaminants. You might need to do this more than once to completely clear the surface.


You can choose to dry your surfaces with paper towels or you can allow them to air dry before you move on to the next step.


There are various types of disinfectants that you can use. Make sure that the disinfectant you use will not cause damage to your stone worktops but they will prove effective in killing at least most germs. Apply the disinfectant as per the instructions.

Remember to repeat these steps regularly and take not of how well the sealant on your worktops is holding up. Sealed surfaces are easier to clean and disinfect. You can determine how well the sealant is holding up by applying small amounts of water to the surface and checking if droplets form or not. If beads of water form, the seal is intact and working well to protect the stone.

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