With the spread of COVID-19 impacting our daily lives, sanitation and cleanliness have become more important than ever. On a cruise ship that had infected passengers, the coronavirus was able to live for up to 17 days on different surfaces that weren’t cleaned. While we need to take the proper precautions to clean the stone surfaces in our homes and businesses daily, it is also important that we do so without damaging them. Here are cleaning tips from The Marble Doctor stone experts to help stop the community spread of the virus while ensuring the longevity of your stone:
Follow CDC Guidelines
The most important tip to keep your stone clean of viruses doesn’t involve your stone at all — it involves you and your family. Make sure that everyone in your household is following CDC guidelines, such as washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds with warm water and soap, avoiding touching your face, and maintaining proper social distancing protocol. When you do have to go out for essentials, try to wear a mask and gloves, and dispose of them before entering back into your home. These best practices set a solid foundation for a clean, virus-free house.
Use a Homemade Natural Cleaner
The majority of household cleaners and disinfectant wipes purchased from the store have an acidic base that are damaging to stone, so you should avoid using them when cleaning your surfaces.
Instead, you can either purchase stone soap or create a simple, yet effective homemade stone cleaner using the following:
1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
4 drops of dish soap
Essential oils (optional)
Combine the ingredients into a 16-ounce spray bottle and fill the remainder with water. When applying the cleaning solution to your stone surfaces, make sure that you don’t wipe it off right away. In order to kill any viruses that may be living on your stone, you will need to let the solution sit for 3-5 minutes. When the solution has had enough time to be effective, wipe down your stone with a microfiber towel. At a minimum, try to clean your stone surfaces every few days. Anytime a family member leaves the house, it is best practice to clean your surfaces after they return.
Avoid placing packages, boxes, or mail onto your countertops — a practice that many households are guilty of. In the event that your mail person is unknowingly a carrier of the virus, it can be spread into your household from the mail. The coronavirus is known to live on cardboard for up to 24 hours.
Deep Cleaning Your Stone Floors
Foot traffic from shoes drag dirt and can leave scuff marks on your stone flooring, but it can also bring the virus into your home. Water droplets from sneezes or coughs float in the air, eventually falling on the floor where they live until the surface is cleaned. If someone in your household walks on the contaminated surface in public and enters back into your home with their shoes on, the virus can be transmitted onto your floors as well. Experts warn that the virus can live on shoes for up to 5 days, so cleaning your shoes and stone will be vital in keeping your home free of viruses.
The Marble Doctor put together a blog that covers all of the best practices for ensuring that your stone flooring is clean without damaging the soft and porous surface. Read more about these best practices here.
How The Marble Doctor Can Help
Our team of experts offer a host of residential services, including grout and surface cleaning, stain removal, stone refinishing and stone repair, that will keep the stone surfaces in your home looking great year-round. If you would like a deep cleaning of the stone, reach out to The Marble Doctor today.