Part of maintaining and cleaning your marble countertops is making sure they are free of harmful germs and other pathogens.
Over the last year, we have learned that it is more important than ever to disinfect your counters, and this includes your marble counters. But marble, being a natural stone, there are special considerations you must keep in mind, especially when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. Marble is a very porous material that allows liquids to seep below the surface, leaving stains if untreated. Moreover, marble counters are susceptible to etching via acidic chemicals, which means people with marble counters need to be careful with the type of cleaning and disinfecting products they use.
If you want to learn more about disinfecting your marble countertops, continue reading below.
Cleaning vs. Disinfecting Your Marble Countertops
While many people use the words “clean,” “sanitize,” and “disinfect” interchangeably, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made important distinctions between the three. Cleaning and disinfecting work best when done one after the other: cleaning, then disinfecting. Cleaning a surface merely means physically remove germs and organic material that has the potential to grow and spread; however, disinfecting works by killing the germs that remain after cleaning. Doing both will help lessen the spread of infectious diseases.
How to Disinfect Your Marble Countertops
You can disinfect your marble counters in three easy steps:
- The first step in disinfecting your marble counters is to clean the surface with a stone-safe cleaner. Remove all bits of food, spills, and other visible items.
- Next, to disinfect, you will want to find a disinfecting and antimicrobial spray safe to use on marble. You can find several options at your local home improvement store. Spray your product on your countertop surface and let it sit for three minutes to kill viruses and 10 minutes for bacteria, and allow the product to air dry.
- Lastly, after you’ve allowed the product to sit, wipe your countertops with a clean, dry microfiber cloth. Doing this will ensure you soak up any leftover product and can wipe away any streaks that may have appeared.
The Importance of Disinfecting Your Marble Countertops
Keeping your countertops free of germs is essential to the health of your family. You should make an effort to disinfect your countertops and other commonly touched surfaces in your home often. Regularly cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting your counters can help prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses and other infectious diseases. Additionally, keeping your countertops germ-free can help maintain the integrity of your protective seal.
Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble For Marble Countertops in Your Home
If you have more questions about caring for your marble countertops or would like to install them in your Salt Lake City home, contact the stone and marble experts at Intermountain Stone & Marble Company. Our knowledgeable team of professionals can help you pick out the perfect slab for your property that complements your design aesthetic. Our high-quality materials and superior customer service set us apart from the rest. Contact Intermountain Stone & Marble today.