Granite sinks are in high demand today in modern homes. Granite is a hardy stone that will resist staining and denting and will stand the pressures of every day use. It is very durable and easy to clean. It comes in a wide variety of colors that can give a complement your kitchen interior décor. Although almost maintenance-free you still need to care for your granite sink so that it can maintain its smooth and lustrous surface to ensure that you of several years of great service. Below are some tips to clean granite sinks.
- Clean your granite sink everyday. This will ensure that your granite sink will have minimal major cleaning requirements. Wipe the surface with a dry towel every use to eliminate water stains.
- Mineral deposits from the water can leave marks on the granite sink surface. Although granite is non-porous the mineral deposit can leave a thin, cloudy film over spots in the sink. It is therefore very important that you do not leave standing water in your sink.
- If you find that your granite sink has lost some of its luster due to mineral deposits from the water that you have in your home, mix an equal amount of water and white vinegar. Dip a clean sponge or cloth in the solution and use it to remove the mineral deposit. Apply some pressure over the mineral deposit that has calcified. For stubborn stains apply the vinegar and water solution over the mineral deposit and leave it on for a few minutes before you scrub it away with the sponge or cloth. Rinse the area with clean water.
- For everyday cleaning after you have finished using the granite sink, mix some mild dishwashing liquid with water and dip a damp cloth in it. Use this to wipe over the entire sink and counter top. Rinse off the solution with fresh water and wipe the entire surface dry with a soft towel. To keep the luster and shine of the granite sink surface, wipe it dry with a lint free cloth.
- For really stubborn water stains that cannot be removed with a sponge or cloth, use an abrasive pad. Damp the pad and go over the stain lightly in a circular motion. It can be a slow process but keep at it so that the surface will not be scratched.
- Give your granite sink a major cleanup about three to four times a year to ensure that all the stubborn stains are removed. Cover the drain with a rubber stopper and fill the sink with a solution of bleach and water, with a ratio of forty parts water to one part bleach. Let the solution to do its work overnight. In the morning, release the water and rinse the sink before wiping it dry. Do not use too much bleach as this can cause discoloration.
- Do not drag metal pots and pans over the sink surface as this will leave metal residue that can mar the smooth and glossy surface of the granite sink. If this happens, get a soft nylon brush such as an old toothbrush dipped in liquid soap and use this to scrub the metal residue off in a circular pattern.
Granite is a hardy stone but it can also get chipped and cracked when you drop sharp and heavy object on it. Metal scouring pads can also scratch the coated surface of the granite. To ensure that your will enjoy using your granite sink for several years, take good care of it by using mild detergents and soft cloths when cleaning it and wiping it dry after each use.