Maintenance and Care

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After purchasing one of our unique natural vessel sinks, you will want to keep it looking great with regular cleaning and maintenance. Our stone vessel sinks respond well to cleaning basics, and with proper and regular care, your stone vessel sink will last a lifetime.

 

Keep It Clean

Wipe the basin dry with a soft cloth after each use. Cleaning on a regular basis will help prevent the development of hard water deposits. The best way to clean your vessel sink is to use a soapy soft cloth, sponge or nylon brush. Be sure to rinse the sink well after cleaning and dry it thoroughly. Don’t allow surface deposits of hard water or products such as calcium, salt, lime or detergents to build up on your stone sink. 

If your stone vessel sink develops persistent stains, try a non-abrasive cleaner such as dishwasher soap, Soft Scrub or a professional stone cleaner solution which can be purchased from a local hardware or tile store. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool pads, toilet bowl cleaner, vinegar, ammonia, or lemon juice. Stone surfaces can be easily etched by cleaning products containing acids. Clean, polish, and seal only with products meant for natural stone materials.

  

Keep It Sealed

Sealing your stone vessel sink is an important step in maintaining the stone's beauty over time.  Natural stone is porous which means it can stain if certain products are left on the surface for an extended period of time. Do not use plumbers putty or oil-based sealers. These products will stain the stone if applied near the surface of the polished basin. There are two ways to seal your sink — with wax or one of the many stone sealing products available. The type of stone sealer you use depends on the type of stone, but most tile or hardware stores carry a variety of stone sealing products to choose from. Stone sealers should typically be applied once a year. If you prefer to wax your sink, you will want to do this at least once a month. 

 

Stain Removal Tips 

Due to the porous nature of stone, your sink can take on stains. The longer a stain remains, the deeper it penetrates and could become permanent in some circumstances. So we recommend to remove a stain as soon as it occurs. 

If you are dealing with a stain and nothing seems to remove it, try the following steps:

1) Clean the area using a stone cleaner with a neutral pH. If this does not help, try a more aggressive cleaner. Keep in mind that certain types of stones are sensitive to certain chemicals.


2) Wet your surface with distilled water. This will keep the chemical from drying too fast, allowing it to stay in contact with the stain longer.


3) If you are trying to absorb the stain out of the stone. An easy Do-It-Yourself at home recipe for stains requires mixing one cup of flour and a few tablespoons of liquid dish detergent. Mix the two together until you have the consistency of peanut butter. For stains with red wine, replace the detergent with hydrogen peroxide. Thickly cover the stain with the mix and cover with saran wrap. Tape the edges down with masking tape, then let sit overnight. After 24 hours, remove the plastic. Let sit uncovered until the mix is dry. This step is important because the drying is what pulls the stain out of the stone. You can then remove the mix by scraping it off with a razor blade or putty knife. Clean off the residue with water and a neutral cleaner.