- By Element Cabinet Design
- In Countertops, Kitchen Remodeler, Kitchen Remodeling, Kitchen Renovation, Renovation
It’s important that we stay focused on the health and safety of our family in the kitchen during these new times of COVID-19. Our kitchen is one of the places in our homes which most is susceptible to the growth of various bacteria and viruses. This can be potentially harmful because it’s also where we prepare the food that we eat.
There is good news though! There’s a way to prevent and stop those microbes from thriving and remaining in your kitchen.
Antimicrobial, Antibacterial, Antiviral Kitchen Countertops – What are the options?
Last week we discussed how antimicrobial countertops such as granite and quartz can help you and your family combat new threats like COVID-19 or coronavirus. Now let us take a look at the options available.
What Kind of Kitchen Countertops Have Antimicrobial Properties?
Residential kitchen countertops come in a very large selection of materials, colors and styles making the options really pretty much endless. However, a few of the most common ones that you see in many kitchens and bathrooms are typically granite, quartz, marble and tile. That being said, there are three kitchen countertop selections today which can say that they promote antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties are:
Silestone or Quartz Countertops
Silestone or Quartz countertop materials are made with antimicrobial agents in the materials, making them of the top choices for countertops today.
Constantly cleaning your kitchen is not a guarantee that you’ll remove all of the potentially harmful bacteria’s and viruses in your kitchen. Some bacterium left unchecked can increase into millions in just 8 hours. However, with a countertop surface in your kitchen such as a Silestone quartz countertop, these bacteria have no chance of reproducing. This is why you should consider this countertop material for your kitchen countertop renovation.
Laminate Countertops with Anti-Mold and Mildew Properties
Some laminate countertops can provide protection against the growth of mold and mildew on your kitchen counters. Many people may not know it but mold is one of the habitats of microbes. So if we consciously select a countertop material which inhibits the growth of mold and mildew we also combat bacteria and viruses.
Microbes love to conceal and grow in the pores of countertops, especially in porous natural stones like granite. Mold and mildew resistant laminate countertops have a non-porous surface which makes it much harder for pathogens like this to flourish in your kitchen.
Laminate countertops may not be the same as granite or natural stone but you can have a kitchen worktop that has the same aesthetic appeal, without the disadvantages of having to worry about bacteria and viruses hiding out.
Can Copper Countertops really detour microbes?
While it may not be the cheapest option copper was popular decades ago because it can kill bacteria at the time of contact on its surface. In fact, copper was and is widely used in hospitals, and restaurants to eliminate the growth of disease-causing pathogens such as bacteria, fungus and viruses.
In Conclusion, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial countertops can help you and your family to keep disease-causing bacteria out of the kitchen. Call today to schedule a no obligation consultation with our home interior design and estimating experts.