In the current COVID-19 crisis, ‘social distancing’ is the only solution available to prevent the spread. The outbreak has made all of us stay home all day. More the number of people, more cleaning is required. In such a situation, installing natural stones can be beneficial for your house.
Natural stones are one of the most sustainable building materials that provide healthy and eco-friendly surfaces. At the same time, they reduce the environmental impact and time and money that goes into maintenance and cleaning. The paybacks of these stones far outweigh the time and resources used. Let us explore some more healthy facts about natural stones.
Create Hygienic Interiors With Light Colour Natural Stone
Be it flooring, kitchen countertops, accent walls, or facades. Application of natural stone in any area of the house brings hygiene and health along. One of the biggest reasons is that these stones are free of any harmful chemicals or toxins. They do not release any toxic gases that deteriorate the indoor air quality which could put your family’s health at risk.
In addition, if anyone in your family is prone to dust or pathogenic allergies, natural stone aids in keeping the problem at bay. You can choose from granite, marble, slate, limestone, and sandstone. Light colours, in particular, are more helpful prompting the homeowner to keep surfaces regularly clean.
For example, bright white marble flooring offers a more hygienic option than carpets. Unlike carpets that easily absorb dust and dirt, it keeps the flooring spick and span. Besides, the bright white colour easily allows you to spot any dust/dirt to clean it immediately. China White Granite and Imperial White Granite are the ideal stones for this requirement. Alternatively, if you aren’t a great fan of plain white, you can go for either Onyx Pink or Mercury Grey Marble. Onyx Pink reflects a beautiful rainbow pattern of white, light pink, and light green patches.
For Kitchen Countertops
Natural stone is one of the best options to use around food as well. You can use it for a beautiful kitchen island or a bathroom countertop. Organically, it is incombustible, water-resistant, and mold-resistant. Hence, it is tried and tested to be an excellent solution for designing a hygienic kitchen, bathroom, or any other room.
Moreover, natural stone is an easily recyclable material. This is helpful when you decide that you no longer want to use the stone in one room of the house. You can find another use of it and shift it to some other place in the house.
Altogether, even if you opt for an expensive natural stone, it will pay for itself for over 50 to 100 years. As opposed to other building materials, it doesn’t bother with frequent repairs and replacements.
Reduce The Effort Of Cleaning
Natural stone surfaces are a big challenge for bacteria to survive and breed. This feature makes stones easy to clean and maintain. With the increasing panic of the coronavirus spread, people are curious to know how to sanitize natural stone surfaces. One study reveals that using disinfectants with 62-71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite (bleach) can inactivate the coronavirus within a minute. But for that, it is essential to allow the disinfectant to stay on the surface for about 3-5 minutes.
Take a different scenario, where spills happen frequently, especially when you have kids. The stone is resistant to cracks and crevices. And thus, cleaning spills becomes a minute game. For example, with granite and marble, you just need a dampened sponge or a micro-fibre cloth with water to clean surfaces. Like other floors, natural stone doesn’t require daily scrubbing or wiping.
In places like marble tiles, slate tiles, and granite floor tiles showers, you can use a non-acidic detergent or a solution of water and ammonia to clean off water stains.
Fabrication Options For Health And Safety
Granite and marble suppliers offer an array of fabrication options that can enhance the safety factor. Deciding on the right kind of finish and edge profile designs is essential to optimise its functionality and performance. The finish determines whether you want a slip-resistant surface or a sleek one. For example, using Dholpur Beige Sandstone for outdoor flooring with a honed finish provides a slip-resistant surface. This feature increases its capacity to endure elements and wear and tear.
On the other hand, if you wish for a smooth surface, you need a polished natural stone. In this category, for instance, we have Desert Teak Polished sandstone. This stone is extensively used for kitchen countertops. Its smooth polish allows easy cleaning in the kitchen - the area that needs cleaning 24x7.
Quality Marble Exports (India) - A Leading Sustainable Natural Stone Supplier
As the leading marble and granite suppliers from India, in the stone industry, sustainability is the priority at Quality Marble Exports (India). We offer an eco-friendly range of granite, marble, sandstone, limestone, slate, and other exotic stones. Alongside, we offer custom-made stones that support sustainable and safe design requirements.
Through your selection of any natural stone, you are not just bringing a beautiful masterpiece home. But you are also enhancing hygiene and sustainability of your interiors.
In this COVID-19 crisis, where hygiene is the biggest prevention factor after social distancing, natural stone can come to the rescue. Discuss your requirements with us! You can rest be assured that your home adorns natural stone design elements that foster cleanliness and hygiene - along with stunning aesthetics.