Taking care of a granite kitchen sink involves a long list of dos and don’ts that you should become familiar with if you enjoy this type of installation. A granite kitchen sink is one of the most attractive types available. Whether the sink is hand carved from a single block of granite or assembled from several slabs, it adorns your kitchen with its singular beauty and hard wearing functionality. While it is both heavy and strong, the things you often take for granted around a kitchen sink can end up wreaking havoc on a granite sink. For this reason, it is important to know what to do and what not to do when using and cleaning the sink.
Granite Kitchen Sink Care
The best way to maintain the intrinsic beauty of your granite kitchen sink is to keep up with the cleaning. That does not mean deep cleaning; rather, performing regular light cleanings of the sink is the method by which it will last and retain its luster. This type of maintenance involves keeping the sink dry. It seems counterintuitive that a place so accustomed to being wet should be kept dry, but a granite sink is different than stainless steel. Water contains minerals known as limescale. When left to evaporate on its own from your granite sink, it will leave these minerals behind and eventually stain the surface. Some potable water has a higher content than others, but it is not worth taking the chance.
After using the sink, rinse it of any soap residue and towel dry it. Whereas you may be accustomed to surrounding a sink with washrags, a rubber mat or a sponge, do not leave these atop your granite kitchen sink. They will either deposit water or trap it causing stains.
If stains start to show over time, a mixture of 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar may be used to scrub the surface of the sink. Do not, however, use a metal scrub pad. Use instead a green scour pad, and rinse the sink thoroughly after the treatment.
Bleach may be used to soak the interior of the granite sink, but dilute it to a ratio of 40 parts water to 1 part bleach. Bleach in its concentrated form can permanently stain the sink, so take care not to let that material come into contact with it.
Contact with Objects
Although the granite that makes up the kitchen sink is extremely strong, it is prone to damage should heavy or sharp objects fall on its surface. Cutlery, pots, pans and other dishes, if accidentally dropped, may permanently mark the kitchen sink. Care should be taken to avoid this. With its extremely high resistance to heat, momentary contact with hot pans and pots will not be damaging, but extended contact should always be avoided.
To maintain the natural beauty and elegance of a granite kitchen sink, you have to keep on top of the little things. Ensuring that the sink is rinsed and kept dry when not in use, never using metal products to scrub it and performing light cleanings regularly is the best way to keep the granite looking its best for a long time to come.