Natural stones have accompanied man since 2.6 million years when stone tools were used. Over time, the use of stone evolved with human beings. From innovative tools to iconic architectures, natural stone has supported man through ages.
As the saying goes, “survival of the fittest”, the chemistry between natural stone and humans prove this phenomenon. As humans have stood the test of time, so have sandstone, granite, marble, quartz, and other dozens of stones. Together, we have come through the centuries of pandemics. Hence, Quality Marble Exports (India) strongly believes that we will defeat the coronavirus spread together.
During this COVID-19 crisis, homeowners have questions related to natural stones coming up in their minds. As stone experts, we have tried answering the most pressing questions.
For How Long Does Coronavirus Survive On Natural Stone Surfaces?
A number of studies show that the novel coronavirus may remain on surfaces for a few hours to a few days. These surfaces do not specifically include marble flooring, granite countertops, or other natural stone surfaces. Because the presence of the virus significantly depends on the temperature of the surface, the humidity of the surrounding environment, and the type of surface.
Besides, it is important to note that touching a surface is not believed to be the main way of transmission. The evidence comes from research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, the same report comes from the World Health Organisation as well.
The novel coronavirus largely spreads from person to person through sneezing and coughing. Therefore, it is critical to follow ‘social distancing.’ Simultaneously, it is vital to regularly clean your hands with alcohol-based sanitizers or wash them with soap and water. This essentially kills the virus, if present on your hands.
How To Kill The Virus On Natural Stone?
On account of COVID-19, you need to develop a daily habit to clean granite tile surfaces, marble tiles surfaces, etc. We recommend using denatured alcohol to sanitize kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops on a day-to-day basis.
You can take a spray bottle and fill it with a mixture of denatured alcohol and water. The solution should contain at least 50% of denatured alcohol and 50% water. For stronger results, you can even try using 75% denatured alcohol and 25% water - making the solution more concentrated. Denatured alcohol is effective in keeping your natural stone surface coronavirus-proof. Moreover, it is safe to use around even if you have kids and pets at home.
How To Add Granite Or Marble Tile To Ease Cleaning Process?
Our home interior design and its ambience have a direct impact on our physical and psychological health. For a few decades, a number of certifications and standards have been developed to spread awareness of ‘healthy interior design.’
As a homeowner, you can make smart decisions on what elements are important in interior design. A lot of inspiration can be taken from hospital design. Like for example, marble flooring installation in low-traffic areas and sandstone flooring or granite flooring in high-traffic areas.
The most essential factor is embracing natural stone surfaces that can ease the cleaning process. Go for seam-free kitchen countertops. Joints and crevices are usually the breeding area for microorganisms. You can reach out to marble and granite suppliers to get such custom-made surfaces.
Furthermore, you can opt for a smooth and rounded edge profile that facilitates the cleaning process. Besides, you should also consider avoiding any complicated design.
Which Natural Stone Is Best For A Healthy Environment?
You might have heard that non-porous surfaces are easy to keep clean and hygienic. This is mainly because the non-porous surface does not allow moisture or any other dirt to penetrate the depths of a stone. So, the best bet for you can be quartz or granite tile. Both natural stones are strong and can withstand chemical weathering. These natural stones lack integral pores for water to sneak in. Hence, practically these are some of the best choices for a hygienic surface. That said, it is essential to clean them regularly.
Sandstone tile is another great option to choose from. The reason is that sandstone has a high composition of quartz and orthoclase which are highly stable minerals. Though it is porous in nature, installing a sealant on the surface is all that you need to keep it clean.
On the other hand, slightly porous marble flooring and marble countertop are the way to go for marble enthusiasts.
The installation of sealants makes every natural stone functional for a hygienic surface. Sealants act as a shield against any chemical or physical harm to the stone. So, you can add your favorite stone even if it is porous in nature.
Quality Marble Exports (India) Is Here For Your Every Natural Stone Requirement
As the top marble and granite suppliers from India, Quality Marble Exports (India) is following the national and international guidelines regarding COVID-19. This includes protocol from the World Health Organisation as well.
The health of our customers is our highest priority. Hence, we have empowered our branch locations with informational resources on how to maintain a safe and healthy location. We follow high standards for sanitation. Our health training and guidelines help our employees adhere to proper precautions regarding COVID-19.
Are you planning for a natural stone installation? We are here to help you create your healthy interiors with utmost precaution and protection.