A granite bathroom sink is one of the most beautiful fixtures you can add to your home. Because it’s more costly than the typical bathroom sink, you’ll want to be extra careful with its maintenance.
Proper maintenance will keep a granite bathroom sink’s natural beauty for years. Naturally, granite is one of the most stain resistant materials that we have but that doesn’t mean that they’re impervious to unwanted marks or scratches.
An Ounce of Prevention
Let’s talk a little bit about preventative maintenance. To preserve the natural beauty of your granite bathroom sink, wipe spills as soon as they happen. If you have ever observed the natural behavior of rocks in natures, then you’re well aware they can absorb moisture. As a sink, granite is a little slower to absorb moisture, nevertheless it happens if it’s left on its surface for too long.
Always use coasters for cups or glasses, and avoid placing heated objects onto the surface of your granite bathroom sink.
Regular cleaning fares well with something as simple as mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. However if you’re more comfortable with a specialized cleaner, you can clean a granite bathroom sink with stone soap. Simply clean the sink’s surface with a soft cloth, rinse it, and then dry it.
Whatever cleaning product you use, be sure that you never use one that contains any type of acid. Acid cleaners will destroy the shine of your granite bathroom sink. Destructive acids can be found in cleaners that sport the power of lemon and/or vinegar.
Nor should you use cleaners that might scratch its surface. Even though they may be advertised as “soft,” these cleaners still contain abrasives and will dull an otherwise shiny surface.
Stain Removal Suggestions
If you discover a stain on your granite bathroom sink, your removal strategy is going to depend on the type of stain it is and some people have found success with the following:
Unknown stains: Apply a thick paste of one cup of flour, two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, and water. Let this paste sit atop the stain over night, scrap away the paste in the morning, and rinse the area. The stain should be gone.
Oil Based Stains(such as from cosmetics): (1) Apply a thick paste of one cup of flour, two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide or ammonia, and water. Let this paste sit atop the stain over night, scrap away the paste in the morning, and rinse the area. The stain should be gone.
For drink stains (such as coffee, tea, soda, etc): Remove with hydrogen peroxide and a few ammonia drops
For ink or marker stains: Remove with hydrogen peroxide, lacquer thinner or acetone
As a golden rule, you should always test an inconspicuous area first. That way you won’t make the mistake of creating an even bigger stain in an attempt to remove the original stain. If none of these techniques work on a stain, your best bet is to call in a professional. Of course you can help to prevent these types of stains by having your granite bathroom sink resealed every one to two years.
It’s all about prevention. If you want your granite bathroom sink to keep its original beauty, follow the suggestions above.
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