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Today’s intense focus on hygiene standards and cleanliness means that hygiene has to be factored into the very fabric of a kitchen renovation.
Being the centre of activities, entertaining and dining within every home—the kitchen is a place that is renowned for accumulating bacteria. More than ever before, people are looking for easy ways to fight the spread of germs, and one of their biggest concerns is keeping surfaces clean. There are numerous readily available products and materials manufactured with the latest technology that you can incorporate into your upcoming kitchen renovation to help improve the overall sanitation rating of your kitchen. See the latest industry trends for antimicrobial and bacteria-resistant kitchen renovation additions below.
Many manufacturers have created touchless or touch-activated kitchen mixers that provide the most efficient way to get your hands soaped and clean without cross contaminating surfaces in the process. You’ll find since the onset of COVID-19 touchless soap and hand sanitiser dispensers are also readily available for your kitchen benchtop. The kitchen mixer/tap is regularly touched by multiple people throughout the day which increases bacteria on communal surfaces in your kitchen. Incorporating a sensor function or smart touch control mixer in your upcoming kitchen renovation will definitely aid in keeping your kitchen more hygienic and health conscious.
The kitchen benchtop is one of the main areas for the accumulation of bacteria due to how frequently it is used and the nature of the tasks it is used for. Many kitchen benchtop materials may be porous and more susceptible to holding bacteria, whereas there are many widely available materials with antibacterial properties that will be a smarter choice for your upcoming kitchen renovation.
Quartz or quartz-blend benchtops:
this material utilised as your benchtop is not only extremely stylish, but it is a non-porous design meaning that dirty water and bacteria cannot penetrate the benchtop. It’s basically impossible to properly clean porous benchtops so opting for a quartz or quartz-blend benchtop in your upcoming kitchen renovation means your benchtop will be naturally resistant to nasty bacteria. Quartz is an engineered surface collated of
crushed natural stone, recycled ceramic, glass and quartz; bound with a polymeric or cement-based binder. Quartz or quartz-blend benchtops are highly sustainable and are an environmentally green material.
Laminate benchtops: a more cost-effective benchtop to include in your upcoming kitchen renovation is a laminate benchtop by a high-quality manufacturer such as Laminex Australia. Check their range of colours and styles and opt for one with the Protec+ antimicrobial protection. This is an innovative surface that inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungus on benchtops. This technology is food safe and is a feature of all Laminex benchtop laminates in Natural, Nuance and Spark finish, as well as Laminex Multipurpose Compact laminate.
Anti-microbial floors and walls help block microorganisms such as the growth of bacteria, fungi, and moulds.
Tiles: the Panaria Trilogy range of high performing antimicrobial porcelain tiles eliminate surface bacteria and provide a much safer environment for young children and pets. They have been created with Microban® technology, which is complete with an antimicrobial shield on the tiles surface. The result is a surface that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria on the surface, 24 hours a day, unaltered by wear and tear and climatic conditions and for the lifetime of the tile product.
Bamboo: this type of sustainable flooring is inherently resistant to bacteria. As bacteria grows bamboo will act to immediately eradicate the bacteria upon any contact with it. This is a highly durable and long-lasting flooring option that is cost-effective and extremely easy-to-clean. The nature of bamboo means the material is resistant to germs and bacteria, which aids in keeping your kitchen more hygienic overall.