Increasingly these days we are more conscious about health and hygiene, which is one reason why glass splashbacks and glass worktops have become so popular. Of course, glass worktops and splashbacks have caught most people’s eye due in no small part to their extremely stylish and contemporary look, but there’s no doubt that hygiene has played a major role in helping glass splashbacks and worktops for kitchens and bathrooms become the fastest growing alternative to traditional materials used in manufacturing worktops.
In this article we’ll look at the benefits from the point of view of cleanliness and hygiene in order to understand just what the real advantages are, and why you may want to choose glass as the material of choice in your new kitchen or bathroom, especially if you’re health conscious or have a family with young children.
Whilst the supermarket aisles are bursting at the seams with various sprays, lotions, potions, foams and deep cleansing agents (whatever they are – sounds like an undercover mission from a James Bond movie) the fact remains that cleaners are only really as effective as the materials on which they are to be used. If you have ever chopped a beetroot on a wooden chopping glass chopping board you probably know just how impossible it can be to remove it. Similarly if you have been cooking with oil, and some has splashed on tiles you’ll know just how hard it can be to easily remove the marks.
It doesn’t help that splashbacks are an arm’s reach away, and you have to clean them by stretching your arm out straight and then moving it up and down. Cleaning splashbacks is hard work, no matter how many muscles the cleaning product claims to have, or no matter how pink the packaging. Essentially it means that to keep a kitchen hygienically clean as well as visibly clean it’s necessary to choose a material which is resistant to stains, resistant to mould and mildew, and provides a smooth, unblemished surface that will allows food, oil and other ingredients to simply slide off with minimal effort.
It’s no surprise that the most popular choices for chopping boards, both in the home and on cookery programmes and in restaurants is glass. Glass chopping boards are tough, resistant to the scratching or chips that can occur when using knives, and are easy to clean. This is important in order to make sure that the juices from raw meat can be quickly and completely removed, just as the potential staining from beetroot. Some materials used for work surfaces include natural fissures, such as granite, and other materials such as quartz can be chipped. This means that even small chips or scratches can quickly start harbouring germs, bacteria and mould, and cleaning becomes much more difficult.
Often it’s not the grime and dirt you see that’s dangerous, but the unseen swarms of bacteria and germs sitting in even the smallest chip or crack. Glass worktops and glass splashbacks offer nowhere for germs to hide. Unlike tiles, glass splashbacks don’t need grout, so there are no places for mould and mildew to hide and grow. A simple spray and a wipe is usually all that’s needed to restore your kitchen to its former glory.
Glass splashbacks and glass work surfaces offer a level of reassurance you just can’ get with other materials. Glass looks cleaner, and deep down it is more hygienic. Glass chopping boards wouldn’t be such a popular choice if they weren’t safe, strong and hygienic, and this is exactly why glass worktops and glass splashbacks make so much sense in the modern home, whether it’s your own health you’re looking after or those of young children in the home.