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Step-by-Step Guide to Clean Granite Sinks

Granite sinks make a great addition to any kitchen. In order to keep them looking their best, however, it's essential to keep them maintained with regular cleaning. Whether your granite sink is located in the bathroom or in the kitchen, you'll need to treat it well to keep it in its best condition.

Preventative Care for a Granite Bathroom Sink

We all know the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and this holds true for any granite bathroom sink. The best way to keep your sink looking its best is to avoid getting it stained in the first place. You should be giving the sink a quick rinse after every use and a quick daily clean using a sponge and soapy water. Then simply give it a wipe with a dry cloth to make sure that it is completely dried to remove any water spots, limescale and stains. When you do this, these particles don't have a chance to develop on the sink. 

This protocol should be followed for granite kitchen sinks as well. If you start doing this regularly it will simply become a habit that you do regularly. It's a very simple way to maintain your granite kitchen or bathroom sink and it will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run when you use preventative care to avoid getting a buildup of particles on your sink.

How to Clean a Granite Vessel or Pedestal Sink

No matter what type of granite sink you may have, follow the step-by-step directions below to remove any stains that have shown up over the course of time. Keep in mind that there are specific cleaners that have been made to clean a kitchen or bathroom pedestal sink made of granite but in most cases simple white vinegar is all you need to use to get the same results.

  1. Grab an empty spray bottle and fill it up with a mixture of 50% water and 50% vinegar. Spray all of the sink with this environmentally-friendly solution and use a sponge to gently scrub the granite sink surface. Pay attention to the problem spots you may encounter once you've started the process and scrub a little harder in these areas. Once the entire sink has been cleaned, rinse thoroughly to make sure that all of the vinegar has been removed. Grab a soft cloth to dry it up and your granite kitchen or bathroom sink should be gleaming and spotless.
  2. If there are any remaining stains that have lingered after you have done the first step, it's time to remove them from your kitchen or bathroom sink using a baking soda and vinegar combination. Start by sprinkling some baking soda on the stain and then spray over the soda with the spray bottle containing the 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar mixture that you already prepared. 

Don't be alarmed to see the mixture start fizzing when the vinegar and water come into contact with the baking soda. This is completely natural and you can see that it's working to help remove the stain. Use a sponge to scrub the solution gently into the stained area. Rinse well and then dry the area once again. At this point you'll probably see that the stain has disappeared. 

If you notice that the stain looks a bit better but hasn't resolved completely you can repeat the baking soda and vinegar step once again. If the stain really isn't budging you should contact the manufacturer of your granite sink to get further advice as to how to proceed. While there are specialized granite kitchen and bathroom sink cleaners available on the market, it's always best to get the okay from the manufacturer first before using them.

What Shouldn't Be Used to Clean Granite Bathroom Sinks Canada

There are a few tools and products that should never be used when you own granite bathroom sinks Canada or granite kitchen sinks. Stay away from using any abrasive materials such as abrasive brushes or scouring pads and steel wool. Stick to soft sponges to protect your bathroom sinks Canada from scratching.

You should also never use any type of harsh chemicals to clean the sink since they can easily damage it and even discolour the sink. Some of the harsh chemicals that you definitely must avoid include sodium hydroxide, sulphuric acid, ammonia and hydrochloride, to name just a few.

A Word about Plastic Drainers, Heat and Aluminum Cookware

Plastic bowls and drainers tend to accumulate dirt and grit on the bottom of them. This grit can cause scratches to occur if you move the drainers or the bowls around. Excessive heat can also damage granite bathroom sinks Canada so avoid putting any hot pans or pots inside the sink. In terms of aluminum cookware, you should be aware that softer cookware made of aluminum may cause streaking across the sink so avoid putting them in to be cleaned or be very careful if you do.

A granite kitchen or bathroom sink can last for years when treated right and cleaned properly. Find the best granite sinks that would look perfect in your space at www.bathify.ca.

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