It’s more important now than ever before to keep our homes healthy. We’re all learning how important it is to keep the surfaces in our homes clean and virus free. While we don’t claim to be experts on viruses, we do know countertops! Over the next few weeks we’ll be answering your questions on how to keep your countertop surfaces healthy.
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How should I clean my Cambria Countertops
Cambria countertops are non-porous which means it doesn’t require any sealing and bacteria will not permeate the surface. To clean the surface all you need is soap, warm water & a soft cloth. If you want to take an extra step in disinfecting your surface, here are a few Cambria-approved cleaners that meet the CDC guidelines.
- 70 percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol
- Lysol® Disinfectant Spray
- Homemade spray mixture of 4 teaspoons of bleach and 1 quart of water.* Let this solution sit on the surface for 60 seconds, then wipe with a dry cloth. Next, rinse the surface with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.
Never use full strength bleach or any abrasive cleaners like Comet, Soft Scrub or S.O.S. pads. These products can cause the surface to appear dull or inconsistent with the original polish.
How long can the Coroavirus last on my countertops
According to the CDC there is still much unknown about the coronavirus, but many viruses can last up to several days. We recommend wiping down your countertop surface with soap, warm water and a soft cloth after each use.
How can I disinfect my countertop
The CDC recommends wiping countertops with either an alcohol solution of at least 70% alcohol or diluted household bleach (If using bleach, we recommend diluting to at least a mixture of 4 teaspoons to 1 quart of water. Solutions with a higher bleach content can damage some countertops). Most common household disinfectants are effective as well.
Are my granite countertops healthy?
This is a great question without a simple answer. When sealed properly most granite surfaces are not inherently unhealthy. However, if not sealed properly or often enough bacteria can permeate the surface of a granite countertop and live inside the granite. Granite is not allowed in commercial kitchens where food is being prepared because of the potential for bacteria. So, although we love the beauty of a perfectly installed granite countertop, we recommend considering quartz as an alternative for it’s non-porous characteristics.
Are my formica / laminate countertops safe?
If cleaned properly, the surfaces can be perfectly healthy, however the laminate is almost always mounted to a plywood or particle board subtop. Particle board can emit all kinds of harmful VOCs and the adhesives used to adhere the laminate also can contain harmful chemicals including formaldehyde. Formica or laminate does not pass our tests for safety & healthy.
Do you recommend wood / butcher block countertops in a kitchen?
Wood countertops are a popular choice for many kitchens. However, like laminate, wood does not pass our safety standards for kitchen countertops. Wood is a very porous surface which can be a harbor for bacteria. In order to prevent stains, mildew and other damage, many wood surfaces are sealed with harmful chemicals.
Does granite emit Radon?
Like most stones granite countertops contain veins or radioactive elements. Certain elements in granite can decay into radon. There are many different types of granite. Some granite have more radioactive elements than others. Ask your granite fabricator for more info on the stone of your choice.
What’s the big deal about Radon?
Radon is a colorless odorless gas that can be edited by some granites. Radon has been shown to cause lung cancer and other health issues.
The good news is the level of Radon emitted from most granites is so small that it is almost undetectable and not dangerous to humans.
What is the best countertop choice for my family’s health?
There Is one type of surface that meets all of our health and safety standards. Quartz is non-porous, easy to clean, and low VOC. Quartz surfaces can be cleaned with an alcohol solution or other antibacterial cleaners without any damage to the surface. Most Quartz countertops come with a warranty.
Do you clean the countertops after install?
Yes, we always clean and detail the countertops at the completion of our installation. We use a denatured alcohol solution for the final wipe down which meets the CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
Are your installations safe?
Yes, our installers undergo ongoing safety training to ensure that our team and your family all stay safe.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, we’re taking several extra precautions.
- Our installers wear gloves and masks when working in your home
- We ask that all other trades are out of the work area while we’re working to practice safe social distancing.
- We are screening our install teams daily, and asking installers showing any symptoms to stay home.
- All of our work areas, trucks, and tools are throughly cleaned daily.
- We always clean the countertops thoroughly, but during the pandemic we are taking extra measures to deeply clean the countertop surface as well as wipe down any other surfaces we may have come into contact with, such as door knobs or cabinet hardware.