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Countertop Sanitation


  • Today’s consumer is offered a wide range of surfacing materials for use in countertop applications. Once in service, these countertop surfaces will be exposed to a variety of contaminative substances. The key safety issue to the consumer is the degree of cleanability of the surface material, that is, how easily any contaminants can be removed using normal and reasonable cleaning practices.

  • The following study by Dr. O. Peter Snyder of the Hospitality Institute of Technology and Management (www.hi-tm.com) used E. coli bacteria as its contaminating agent. The findings of the report show significant cleanability advantages of natural granite countertops over almost all other commonly found countertop surface materials.
  • The study included 6 countertop surfaces which were washed and rinsed after exposure to the bacteria. They were later cleaned with a 10% solution of white household vinegar (1 part 5% vinegar, 9 parts water). Bacteria counts were taken after both cleaning methods.

Granite Ranked 1st in Cleanability
After washing and rinsing, the granite tops provided the greatest reduction in bacteria counts of all the countertop materials tested:

Granite:

36,000 to 1

Stainless Steel:

4,000 to 1

Concrete:

2,400 to 1

Tile:

900 to 1

Wood:

500 to 1

Plastic Laminate:

285 to 1

When Dilute Vinegar Solution Used: Granite 2nd Only to Stainless Steel
Counts taken after the application of the dilute vinegar solution showed the granite having a bacteria count reduction second only to stainless steel, but 160 times better than the next closest material:

Stainless Steel:

230,000,000 to 1

Granite:

80,000,000 to 1

Plastic Laminate:

500,000 to 1

Tile:

233,000 to 1

Concrete:

30,600 to 1

Wood:

2,000 to 1

Caution: The reader is cautioned that although vinegar was used as a disinfectant for the purpose of this test, there are some granite species that contain trace mineral groups which could be attacked by exposure to acidic solutions. Some sealers, impregnators, or other agents applied to the stone may also be subject to attack or discoloration from mild acids. Do not use vinegar as a cleaning agent without consulting your stone supplier as to the mineralogy of your particular granite as well as the compatibility of any sealer or impregnator that may have been applied to the stone. Vinegar should never be used on calcareous stones such as marble, limestone, or travertine.

 
 

MarbleGraniteSlabs.com Countertop Fabrication and Installation, direct importer of all natural stone, and a 20,000 sq.ft On-Site manufacturing plant and showroom slab yard with over 500 marble and granite color selection in stock. We custom design, fabricate and provide installation services for granite, marble, quartz engineered stone surfaces tops for kitchen counters tops, shower walls, vanity tops, jacuzzi surrounds, fireplaces, bartops and 5 day turnaround time for fabrication and installation. Serving surrounding counties including: Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County in California.

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