All You Need to Know About The Virus Pandemic & Your Marble Surfaces
We’re living in trying, uncertain times with the virus turning life upside down for most of the world. Owners of marble surfaces, whether that’s in a home, commercial space, or yachts, have been reaching out to us wondering what this virus means for their stone countertops.
Even the most educated scientists still have questions about this virus, but past studies have looked at how viruses interact with surfaces. Reading more about this study can help you educate yourself on the virus, calm your fears, and help you form a plan to protect yourself and your family.
Viruses & Marble Stone Surfaces: Common Questions
We consulted The Journal of Hospital Infections study to answer some of the most common questions we’ve been receiving from our clients.
Viruses & Stone Surfaces
There are numerous opinions when it comes to just how long the virus can survive on various surfaces. Though it’s different from SARS and MERS, those viruses could live on stone surfaces for up to 9 days! The flu, in comparison, can survive for about 48 hours. The length of time the virus can survive depends on the surface itself as well as temperature and other conditions.
It’s best to keep your marble surfaces clean and regularly disinfected to avoid any possibility of the virus gathering on kitchen countertops, marble bathroom sinks, or other common surfaces throughout the household like living rooms, entry ways, etc.
Make disinfecting household surfaces part of your regular weekly routine!
Virus Transmission from Marble Countertops
Many marble surface owners want to know if they or their family members could get the virus from touching a contaminated marble surface. There are few studies that give clear answers one way or another on this topic, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the primary method of transmission is person to person, through droplets released when an infected person sneezes or coughs.
It’s still wise to disinfect your surfaces regularly to ensure that these droplets don’t make their way from an infected person’s nose to your marble surface, and then to your hand or face, making you sick. Use a household disinfectant that is 62-71% ethanol and that contains either hydrogen peroxide or bleach to kill the virus on marble surfaces.
How to Properly Disinfect Your Marble Surfaces
Household disinfectants will certainly enable you to eliminate the virus from all of your marble surfaces, whether they’re in the kitchen, bathroom, on your yacht or in your office building. However, we’ve noticed that many people aren’t disinfecting their surfaces properly, which can pose a hazard when it comes to staying safe and healthy during a time of pandemic.
There’s an important process to follow — spraying your surfaces once and then immediately wiping them down just isn’t sufficient. Follow these steps to ensure your surfaces are truly disinfected:
- Spray the surface generously with a household disinfectant.
- Leave the solution sit on the surface for 3-5 minutes before wiping it clean.
- Follow by rinsing the surface with warm water, and then wiping it dry with a clean, gentle cloth.
Keeping Your Surfaces Clean & Germ Free
Understandably, you want to keep your marble surfaces looking pristine but also ensure they’re disinfected. You can do that by following a few simple steps on a regular basis:
- Clean your marble surfaces daily with a stone soap or a gentle, neutral cleanser.
- To prevent streaking, buff your marble surfaces with a clean terry cloth after cleaning.
- Disinfect your surfaces once a week, or more often given how much use the surface receives.
- Ensure any granite surfaces you have are sealed by a professional.
Other Ways to Avoid the Virus & Stay Healthy:
- Wash your hands throughout the day and especially before eating or after touching common surfaces, with warm water and soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth, as this is how you can transfer the virus from a common surface to your body.
- Stay home if you feel sick, even if you only have minor symptoms. You’ll reduce the risk of infecting other people and will give yourself the time you need to recover. But seek medical attention if your symptoms become serious (i.e., you have difficulty breathing).
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing to reduce the possibility of transmission. Wash your hands after sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Practice social distancing by staying home as much as possible and keeping at least 6 feet apart from other people. Be sure to follow all local health department and local government directives when it comes to stay at home orders and essential travel.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy
We’re living in a global distress time but staying safe and healthy is largely a matter of habit. Make disinfecting your marble surfaces a regular part of your day and you’ll be taking a big step in the right direction to keeping yourself and your family healthy.
If you have any questions regarding marble polishing and restoration services, please contact our experienced team at Classic Marble Restoration Inc.