Disinfecting Natural Stone Countertops Amid COVID-19

During times like these, it's even more important we are taking the proper steps to clean and sanitize the surfaces in our home. However, with all this cleaning, we want to make sure everyone is disinfecting their granite and quartz counters in a way that won't ruin them! Follow these tips to ensure your home is safe and your counters are cared for. 

Disinfecting Granite Countertops

First things first, it's important to know if your granite counter is sealed or not. To check, put water on it and if the water absorbs rather than beads up, it is time to re-seal. Unsealed granite allows for all of the spills and stains that usually make for an easy cleanup, difficult since they will be absorbed instead. With a properly sealed granite countertop, the key is a gentle cloth. Everyday wipe downs can simply be done with a gentle cloth and some mild dish soap.

However, with COVID-19 spreading rapidly, disinfecting more frequently and thorougly is needed. To do this, we recommend a mixture of 50% water and 50% rubbing alcohol. Once sprayed, let it rest for 3-5 minutes, rinse with water and dry with a clean, gentle cloth! Avoid cleaners with ammonia or bleach since these tend to wear down the sealant. Keep in mind, there are granite-safe surface cleaners, however with the current pandemic, these are becoming more and more difficult to get a hold of. The above works just as fine to help keep your house as clean as you need it! 

Disinfecting Quartz Countertops

Similar to granite, quartz countertops don't require harsh products in order to stay clean. Again, with the shortage of a lot of products today, this is especially handy. But we want to make sure you are carefully cleaning in order to protect the longevity of your countertops. Typical household cleaners such as Lysol and Windex are big NO's for your quartz countertop. The harsh chemicals in these products can both discolor and disintegrate your counter. When cleaning these countertops, everyday products such as dish soap, hand soap and antibacterial soap get the job done to leave your kitchen both sparkly clean and germ-free!

Have a question about what products you can use on your counters? Check out this list of Cambria approved chemicals to see how you can keep your countertops disinfected without damaging them!

We hope everyone is staying safe & healthy!

*Disclaimer: These are general cleaning and sanitizing practices for your home, not a guarentee to kill cornoavirus or make your home 100% viruse and bacteria free (IE not tested in a lab).