We’re all living in a post-COVID-19 world. For some places, they’re still in the depths of their own coronavirus situation, but sooner or later, we’ll all be on the other side of this horrendous pandemic. For all the difficult changes we’ve seen and been through in 2020, it’s going to be perfectly normal to re-evaluate how we clean our homes going forward.
The kitchen is the heart of any house, but it’s also a place that bacteria can call home. Food preparation, dirty water and unwashed fresh fruit and vegetables can all contribute to creating a place where good hygiene faces a tough battle. Our kitchen worktops shoulder a lot of the burden when it comes to keeping us safe from germs, but which are the most hygienic worktop materials? Let’s take a look.
Worktops come in all shapes, sizes and materials. When it comes to their hygienic properties, they’re not all created equally. Whether it’s wood, granite, quartz, marble or even ceramic worktops, they all have their own qualities in the cleanliness stakes.
Quartz is one of the most hygienic materials when it comes to kitchen worktops. Quartz is made up of a mixture of natural minerals combined with polymer and resin to create a non-porous surface. This means that the bacteria can’t get into the surface itself, so it only needs a regular clean with soap and water to keep it looking great, fresh and hygienic.
Granite and Marble Worktops
Granite and marble worktops are very hard-wearing, and a popular choice in domestic kitchens, but they need additional work to fight bacteria. As a natural stone, both marble and granite need to be sealed when used in a kitchen or even a bathroom to make them less porous. Sealing them not only helps to maintain their natural beauty, but it stops bacteria and germs from taking up home in the stone itself. Once sealed, the surfaces will be nice and smooth, easier to clean, and much safer to use. So if you’re thinking about implementing granite or marble worktops, then our team at B Stone can help to ensure that it is setup properly with no fuss.
Tile or Ceramic Worktops
Tile or ceramic worktops have become more popular in recent years thanks to their heat resistant properties and how easy they are to maintain. However, when it comes to hygiene, they may not be as advantageous as quartz. Not so much the tiles themselves, but the grouting that connects them. This can be a haven for germs and bacteria. It tends to collect moisture, dirt and food crumbs, and because it’s porous, can be a breeding ground if not kept clean. That’s why it’s essential to have the grout sealed by experts to prevent this. Let one of our team know and will be happy to make sure your tile or ceramic worktop will stay hygienic.
If anything good can come out of the pandemic we’ve all suffered through, it can be that we have a newfound appreciation for cleanliness and hygiene. Your kitchen worktops can be the start of a new, cleaning revolution. We can’t do much about what’s happening outside, but our homes, especially the kitchen, can be something we can control.
Thank you for reading this blog post. If you’re thinking about having any of the worktops touched on above, then get in contact with us today! Call us on 01604 585848 or visit our contact page for more details.