Stone Countertop Features Antibacterial Surface Treatment
September 3, 2015 | 10:59 am CDT
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An anti-bacterial coating for granite and other stone has been developed by Antolini, a quarry and stone curator. Based in Italy with U.S. distributors, Antolini says it is the first to apply the treatment - which it brands as A Zerobact - to stone surfaces. Intended for food preparation areas, the proprietary process is said to be stable both indoors and out. 
 
A Zerobact is available on its newest Signature Stone Collection, and has certifications from the US EPA, EU for Food Contact Safety, NSF for Food Contact Safety. A stamp of authenticity is applied to all slabs treated with A zerobact.
 
Antolini says its mission is to offer its clients a varied selection of hand selected stone, colors and finishes, and that it is known as a curator of exclusive natural stone, like marble and quartzite. The A Zerobact treated stone surfaces, which which were shown at KBIS last year and at ICFF furniture show in New York this year, is now available on Antolini's newest natural stone additions to its Signature Stone Collection.
 
Antolini Copper Dune with A Zerobact treatment
 
Copper Dune is considered a granite due to the specific hardness of the stone. Accentuated with beautiful brown veins running parallel with brighter veins, Copper Dune is viewed particularly for it’s fascinating color patterns.  
 
Antolini Naica Quartz with A Zerobact treatment
 
Antolini, founded in the 1950s, says it has grown to include new quarries around the world, and uses the latest production technologies for uniform quality.
 
This year's Signature Stone Collection with the A Zerobact treatment come in a large slab format in six new colors: Copper Dune, Angel Jasper Brown, Black Cosmic, Fusion WOW, - Naica Quartz, and Quartzite Cielo.
 
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The A Zerobact treatment prevents the growth of bacteria and mould on natural stone, making it "safe to consume food straight off the stone itself," the company says. Antolini calls A Zerobact "an invisible innovation," because "It seeps in, and is not a layer over the surface. It doesn’t alter the colors and properties of natural stone."
 
 
A Zerobact allows for the application of a sealer and other treatments; and it is cleaned with soap, not unnatural chemicals. It is also stable, and unaffected by external agents, including UV rays. 
 
Antolini says it is the first to apply a bacteriostatic treatment to natural stone, using an exclusive formula and proprietary process for application on its grounds in Verona, Italy. 
 

 

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