At this moment, Corona Virus has affected almost everyone in one way or another. We all know someone who’s had it, or felt its impact in our lives. And if you have someone that’s already sick in your household, it’s even more important that you disinfect your countertops from time to time.
For an activity seemingly so simple, there’s a lot of varied advice out there regarding the best way to keep Coronavirus away from your home especially during this holiday season. Use Windex! Never use Windex! Use the special granite-only cleaner! No, there is no need for a special granite-only cleaners! And so on.
However, after conducting our own research, we’ve hopefully discovered a consensus among our countertop experts on how to keep your countertops clean and safe for everyone. The best part is, there is no need to use any special cleaners to get your Countertops in Atlanta shiny and virus free.
Things to Know About Keeping your Countertops Safe
- Always make sure to get a proper sealant for an easy cleaning time
Although countertops from Artstone Atlanta are very hard surfaces, unsealed or weakly sealed granite and marble countertops will soak up liquids such as oils and spills. To check for a quality seal on your countertops, place drops of water on the surface. If it has been properly sealed, the water will bead up. If you notice that the water gets soaked up by the surface, then you need to contact Artstone Atlanta to have your countertop re-sealed for easy cleaning and disinfecting.
- Don’t use harsh cleaners or abrasives to try and keep your countertops clean from Coronavirus.
Windex; all acidic cleaners, vinegar, lemons or lime; or anything else with added ammonia or a bleaching agent should not be used. Frequently using these chemicals will weaken your sealant, making it difficult to remove viruses from your surfaces and consequently, making it hard to keep your countertops clean.
How to disinfect surfaces to make them safe for use
Well-sealed marble and Granite Countertops in Atlanta are relatively impervious to viruses. Simple warm water and soap should be good enough for daily sanitizing. However, if you still insist on using a disinfectant, go for one that contains70% isopropyl alcohol. Spray it on your countertops, let it sit for five minutes, and then rinse it off using only water and dry using a soft microfiber piece of cloth. Do not use any bleach or an ammonia-based cleaner.
Note: You do not need to dilute your rubbing alcohol. In fact, reports from the CDC shows that alcohol is very effectiveness at killing viruses but this effectiveness will drop drastically if diluted below 50% concentration. When you are buying the rubbing alcohol, note that it has already been diluted using water at a concentration of between 70 to 91 percent. At Artstone Atlanta, we recommend a concentration of 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Should You Use a Special marble and granite safe cleaners?
There are usually lots of special countertop cleaners out there. You will find all-purpose surface cleaners also claiming to be safe for countertop cleaning. And with the current coronavirus situation, it is becoming harder and harder to find these cleaners. If you are in a position to get any of them, go ahead and give them a try. But you don’t necessarily need them to keep your marble, granite and Atlanta Quartz Countertops clean this holiday season.
Artstone Atlanta is offering huge countertop discounts to homeowners who want to upgrade their countertops. We will also advice you in detail, on how to keep your countertops clean and safe for everyone. Contact us today and let us help you keep your family safe from Corona this holiday.