Prevent damage when disinfecting your stone worktops

Hygiene has always been an important concern in homes around the world. Especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Unfortunately, stone worktops can be vulnerable to etching. This means that you need to clean them appropriately. Here are a few essential facts to keep in mind when disinfecting your stone worktops.

Understanding etching

Etching occurs when the top layer, or finish, of the stone is damaged. Usually, this occurs due to acidic substances that react with the calcium found in the stone. The appearance and texture of your worktops will be altered and you may hear people refer to this damage as ‘water marks’. While they look similar to water marks, etching cannot simply be wiped away.

The right cleaner

From the moment your stone worktops are installed, it is important that you only use the appropriate cleaner. If you are concerned about germs, make sure that the disinfectant you use is safe for natural stone. You can always check with your stone supplier if you are unsure. Alternatively, you could mix equal parts of isopropyl rubbing alcohol and water to create a disinfectant for your work tops. You will need to allow the mixture to set on the surface for a few minutes before wiping it away. If you wipe it away too quickly, it will not be as effective.

If your worktops have become damaged due to use of the wrong cleaning solutions, spills or hard water, do not give up home. Your surfaces can be refinished and restored. Depending on the depth of the damage, you might be able to repair the etched areas yourself. More extensive damage will require professional restoration services.