How to clean countertop materials to avoid the risk of COVID-19

We all wish it hadn’t happened. Yes, I am talking about the COVID-19 pandemic. It has created fear and panic around the world.

We agreed that we are honestly trying to stick to every precautionary paradigm and that is great. However, I feel like we missed something. The virus sticks to surfaces and it’s scary.

But you can’t counter that. All you have to do is keep them clean to keep the virus at bay. What to keep in mind here is that different countertops require different treatments.

Also, keep in mind that simple cleaning will not help get rid of germs. You need to disinfect all surfaces except cleaning.

I know what you’re thinking. It gets thicker from moment to moment!

We understand the confusion very well. Let’s keep it simple. We have developed a few key strategies you can use to combat the problem.

You’re probably already working to keep your home safe from infectious diseases, but sometimes the details work wonders!

Coronavirus sticks to surfaces

Do you remember SARS? Just like the type of coronavirus that causes SARS, the new coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 sticks to surfaces with different survival periods.

For example, it can survive on cardboard for 24 hours and on plastics for three days. The virus can last up to three days on metal surfaces and a good four days on wooden surfaces.

It is known to live three days on stainless steel surfaces and four hours on copper objects. It can also adhere to aluminum surfaces for two to eight hours and ceramics for five days.

Now that you know how the virus works by clinging to different surfaces, it is time to incorporate some essential cleaning tips into your home to keep yourself safe from the infection.

How to clean surfaces

All you have to do is disinfect your various living spaces in addition to the basic cleaning.

Use soap and water to clean frequently used surfaces such as doorknobs, handles, cabinet doors, regularly used appliances, and the countertop area.

After you have finished cleaning, disinfect the surfaces. Use detergents that contain either bleach or hydrogen peroxide, or solutions that contain at least 70 percent alcohol.

Disinfect special surfaces

As mentioned above, different surfaces require different disinfection treatments. For example, your marble slab needs an alcohol-based solution for disinfection. Cleaning can be done with normal soap and water.

Granite and quartz can be easily disinfected with simple household cleaners. However, your butcher’s block countertop won’t settle for anything less than a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner to kill the virus.

Stainless steel surfaces aren’t too fussy. Although you can disinfect them with any household disinfectant, they do require special attention. Because the virus lasts the longest on these surfaces. For countertops with thick surfaces and resin, any disinfectant will do the job.

You can opt for sealed concrete cleaners for alcohol-based cleaners, as well as dilute bleach solutions. Worried about the bleach wearing off the finish of your countertop? Go for alcohol. Whatever you choose, just keep going. It is the best you can do in this situation.

I agree that you may need to spend a little more time cleaning and disinfecting your countertops than usual. But think this way: if something as simple as cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces of your living space can help keep you away from the infection, isn’t it worth it?

* This article was published by and in collaboration with Fast Maid Cleaning Services.

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