Composite granite sinks are made from granite (about 80%) and acrylic resins (about 20%), this compact combination of granite particles and resins gives your kitchen a cutting-edge look and style. Apart from its great aesthetic appearance, composite granite sinks make for a very long-lasting material and surface. It offers an excellent resistance to etching, heat and chips due to its high-density granite particles, and it doesn’t lose its color over time when exposed to high heat. However, to ensure that a composite granite sink continues to look new and maintain its shiny appearance, proper maintenance and care of it are necessary. If they are not properly taken care of they begin to lose their shine and become dull, discolored or even become hazy with time. The best way to take care of a composite granite sink is to make sure you clean it frequently and after every use. All spills, dirt or stain should be wiped off immediately to avoid the formation of haze, water spots or discoloration.
Regular Maintenance is Key
Even though composite granite sinks are resistant to and can withstand very high temperatures and scratches, they require that they are carefully maintained to make sure that they don’t lose their aesthetic value. As simple as it may sound, cleaning your sink with a gentle cleaning dish-washing solution and a soft sponge, and then drying it with a dry cloth immediately after every use is the single most important practice you must adopt if you own a composite granite sink or you intend to have one. Composite granite sinks are usually protected with a sealant that prevents the natural stone from scratching or erosion and it is important that you never use abrasive pads or powder when cleaning a composite granite sink, it will make it more prone to stains and with time it will become dull.
Preventing & Removing Haze from Your Sink
One of the most common issues associated with the use of composite granite sinks is the formation of white haze. White haze is easily more noticeable on sinks with darker colors than one with a lighter color, and they are caused by the build-up of mineral deposits which consists majorly of calcium compounds formed on the surface when water containing such compounds evaporates. To prevent haze formation on your granite sink, the best practice is to wipe off any water left in the sink after use till it is dry. This will prevent calcium compounds from being deposited as a result of leftover water being evaporated.
In the case where your sink already has haze formed on it, it is best that you use a pH neutral cleaner to clean it. The cleaner* should contain ioSeal. IoSeal acts as a conditioner that fills up any pores formed on the surface of the sink and it also protects it from forming scum buildups, stains and hard water deposits.
Removing Tough Dirt or Stain
What should you do when you already have tough stains that are difficult to clean in your sink?
A paste mixture containing whiting powder and hydrogen peroxide hydrogen peroxide is sufficient to absorb most stains and remove it from a granite sink. You can purchase whiting powder from a retail store and mix it with the appropriate amount of hydrogen peroxide as written in the instructions, apply the paste to the stain and cover it with a nylon wrap using a tape to hold it firmly. Leave it in place for as long as stated in the instructions, this should take an average of about 2 days. After the paste is completely dry, wipe it off with a towel or soft sponge and rinse completely with fresh water. Repeat this procedure until all the stains are completely removed.
• Composite granite sinks have a great aesthetic appearance, are resistant to scratches and durable if they are maintained properly.
• Regular cleaning with a soft sponge and a dish washing liquid will ensure its longevity and maintain its shine.
• Do not use abrasive powder or pads to clean granite sinks.
*Cleaning products with ioSeal include: All In One Stone Care