When it comes to dirty rooms in the home, most would guess that the bathroom is prone to be germiest of all the rooms. It turns out; your kitchen is a bigger germ magnate than your bathroom. Since we cook in the kitchen, there are some real health risks to allowing too many germs to build up. So, let’s look at the cleanest kitchen materials to make your kitchen less germy.

Germs in the kitchen

The kitchen is the most popular room in the house, so it’s no wonder that it can also become the dirtiest. Lots of people and perishable items are the perfect combination of germs to gather. You don’t have to be a germaphobe to want to minimize germs in your kitchen. If you’re in the process of remodeling, we’ve got a few tips to keep the germs at bay. The materials you use can help keep your kitchen cleaner and more sanitary.

Modern warm kitchen design
Wood is porous and will attract germs without being sealed and resealed.

Non-porous kitchen materials

The key to minimizing germs in your kitchen, besides a regular cleaning routine, is to use non-porous materials. Using materials that are non-porous means that germs won’t penetrate your counters. Since you are constantly exposing your countertops to things that can transport germs, it is important for you to choose countertop materials that will help minimize germs.

Wooden Countertops

Wood is wonderfully organic and beautiful, but when it comes to your countertops, look for something that isn’t going to allow germs to penetrate and fester. There are sealers that can be used to make wood non-porous, but they aren’t permanent. If you wait too long to re-seal, your wooden countertops may already be filled with germs.

Granite vs. Quartz

Quartz countertops
Quartz countertops are nonporous and germ resistant.

We’re always being asked about granite vs. quartz, but when it comes to the question of being germ-resistant quartz wins over granite. Granite is highly porous, whereas quartz is made with a resin and polymer bond that makes it nonporous.

Stainless Steel

The most common material in a commercial kitchen is stainless steel. It’s a classic and for a good reason. Stainless steel is non-porous and very easy to clean and disinfect after each use. Stainless steel is even finding its way into the modern and traditional kitchen design.
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