The novel coronavirus is just that--novel. We have never experienced a disease quite like this one before. As such, it can be difficult to know how exactly we should handle it, especially when it comes to our stone countertops.
Many homeowners are wondering how they should treat their stone countertops to better protect their family from the coronavirus. That's why we've put together this FAQ to answer any questions you may have regarding the coronavirus and your stone countertops.
How long can the coronavirus survive on stone surfaces?
Frankly put, more studies are needed in order to properly understand how long the coronavirus can survive on surfaces. Depending on the material, the virus can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. When it comes to stone, the common flu can last up to 2 days, while viruses such as SARS and MERS can survive for up to 9.
If I touch a contaminated surface, will I get the coronavirus?
According to the CDC, touching a contaminated surface is not the main way you can get the virus. That doesn't mean you won't get it, it means that it is less likely. The coronavirus mainly transmits through air, which is why it's so important to wear a mask. However, it's still essential to properly clean and disinfect your stone surfaces (see below).
How do I disinfect my stone countertops?
There are many household disinfectants available that can kill the coronavirus. However, you need to use them correctly. Once you spray your countertops with a disinfectant, let it sit for 3-5 minutes and then wipe. Rinse the surface with clean water and then dry with a microfiber cloth.