Keeping your kitchen clean has never been more imperative. While it’s the heart of your home - foot traffic, cooking and dirty dishes can make it ground zero for bacteria and illness. Household cleaners do an effective job at eliminating risks, but the current Coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to take even more steps to ensuring optimal health. If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen soon, taking steps to avoid viral infections can go as far as choosing the right countertops.

Wood & Stone: Worth a Second Thought

While we love the look and feel natural stone and wood can bring to a kitchen, we know that those materials are naturally porous. Bacteria, fungus, mold, and viruses can live in the deep recesses of both wood and stone surfaces, flourishing off old food and moisture.

Studies have shown that wood is anti-bacterial and wood countertops are sealed to protect from harmful agents. That said, these aren’t guarantees that wood is completely protected from germs and mold. If you want a sure thing, you might want to reconsider a safer surface.

Top Picks for Sanitary Countertops

Foundational to the right countertop is the material, but it is also vital to know how to keep them properly sanitized. Our top material selections include:

Quartz Countertops

We love Quartz Countertops! They make great-looking additions in any kitchen. They’re strong, durable and customizable. They can even be designed to look like marble. The mix of glass, polymers and resins -- plus a good finish -- make Quartz countertops nonporous. There won’t be pockets and recesses for bacteria or viruses to linger in. In addition, at FloorQuest we fabricate our own quartz countertops so you know you are getting the highest quality quartz countertop - fit to your custom specification.

Laminate Countertops

Laminate Countertops are relatively affordable and can be designed to fit the decor and reflect the look of almost any material desired. Laminate surfaces are also nonporous and super easy to clean. It is critical to ensure these countertops are properly cleaned and cared for. Soap and water will clean them well, but excess amounts of water can get into the seams and allow bacteria and mold to fester.


Granite countertops are gorgeous and the material is naturally resistant to bacteria. That being said, granite is porous, and if not sealed properly, can be house germs and bacteria. You can reduce the potential for bacterial growth by choosing a polished finish for your granite countertops. This means that most of the countertop’s pores will be sealed.

FloorQuest Offers Great Choices in Countertop Options

Whichever material chosen is sure to be loved by any family or friends congregating in the kitchen. Make sure you understand the needs of each material before you decide if it’s right for your home. Once a countertop surface is installed, continue taking the necessary steps to clean your countertop and prevent germs, viruses and bacteria from making it their homes.

When you’re ready to start your kitchen remodel, the experts at FloorQuest are here to help! Contact us today to learn more about our free in-home consultation and estimates. Together, we can take steps to make the safe, healthy upgrades that will improve the quality of your kitchen.