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The Best Kitchen Countertops For The Immunocompromised

Kitchen counters can be a veritable petri dish for bacteria and viruses. There is often an ample supply of moisture, particulate food matter, and the "juices" from fresh meats, vegetables, and fruits—everything that's needed for microbial life to flourish. If you have an immunocompromised health condition, this petri dish effect can pose serious health risks.

When it's time to upgrade your countertops or remodel your kitchen, you should choose surfaces that are the least porous and the easiest to clean like stainless steel and porcelain.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is remarkably non-porous, meaning there are very few tiny crevices in which bacteria and viruses can hide. When it's wiped down and sanitized, almost everything is removed from its surface. This also means that stainless steel is highly resistant to stains.

Furthermore, stainless steel is very resistant to all manner of harsh cleaners and sanitizers. The chemicals will not degrade its surface. 

Basically, stainless steel lasts forever and is the easiest to sterilize. In the operating room, stainless steel is the first choice for all cabinets, tables, etc. In restaurant kitchens, it is also the primary surface material choice because it helps restaurants comply with rigorous public health standards.

In your home, stainless steel kitchen countertops create a modern, practical, and sleek look. Plus, they match perfectly with stainless and brushed aluminum appliances and faucets.

The one drawback to stainless steel is the ease with which you can scratch its surface if you aren't careful. Never cut food directly on the stainless steel, always use an antimicrobial cutting board. Also, try not to drop kitchen utensils, etc., hard on its surface. You won't affect the stainless steel's functionality, but you may harm its aesthetic appeal.


There is a reason that porcelain does so well as a flooring and wall-lining material in bathrooms. Like stainless steel, it is very resistant to water and stains and can tolerate most of the harsh cleaning chemicals that you can throw at it.

The primary mineral found in porcelain is known as kaolinite, or "China Clay." It is heated, along with several other minerals, to extreme temperatures to create a very homogenized and non-porous surface. Perfect for someone who is immunocompromised.

Porcelain kitchen counters are not only very sanitary but also very stylish as well. They are available in a wide variety of colors and finishes.

These countertops were first popular in Europe. But, in recent years, they have also grown in popularity within the United States.

For more information about kitchen countertops, contact a local company.