Today’s kitchen is a smart kitchen and many new inventions helping to make our life easy in the kitchen. Latest in the series is Antimicrobial countertops for the kitchen. Let’s see more about it in today ’s guest post by Jenny Holt. Jenny is a freelance writer who works for a small building services company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the mother of two and loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind.
Jenny has written a wonderful article about Antimicrobial countertop their pros and cons. Please take a look and drop your feedback in comments.
Over to Jenny’s post: Antimicrobial countertops – do they really help?
One of the biggest challenges for any parent is keeping the home clean and the family healthy without going over the top. After all, you want to live in a hygienic environment, but at the same time, there is a school of thought that if things are too sterile, it will stifle your child’s natural resistance to germs and illness.
The kitchen is, of course, the room that comes most closely under the microscope in this regard. All of us spend more time than we would like cleaning down the work surfaces, so the latest antimicrobial countertops certainly sound like a great idea to keep the kitchen bacteria free and cut down on time and energy spent cleaning up. But what exactly are they, and what do they do? Let’s find out, and take a look at the pros and cons.
What are they?
Antimicrobial countertops come in a number of types. There are those that are made from products such as copper, that have natural antimicrobial properties – that is to say, microbes find it next to impossible to survive and breed on these surfaces. Then there is quartz – this contains a substance called Microban, which is baked into it and produces a coating that greatly reduces the growth of microbes. Microban can also be coated onto other types of surfaces, to produce a protective antimicrobial layer.
Do they work?
These types of surfaces reduce the build-up of microorganisms and keep surfaces more hygienic. This in turn means less time and effort spent cleaning, not to mention a positive environmental impact through the reduced use of chemical detergents.
It is important to understand that an antimicrobial countertop is not a magic wand that you will never have to clean again. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been cautious about the whole topic, saying that it has yet to be convinced that antimicrobial coatings “offer any enhanced protection from the spread of bacteria and germs.” As such, moves to introduce them in hospitals have been deferred pending further investigation, as right now; they would still have to clean down antimicrobial countertops with the same rigor as they do on conventional surfaces.
Are they worth it?
The CDC might be forced to sound a note of caution, but there can be little doubt that antimicrobial tops offer a great way of keeping the kitchen cleaner with the less manual labor involved. Of course, it is still important to clean with soap and water, but as long as we remember that, they can only be a bonus to any home.