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Care & Maintenance of Granite Composite Sinks

Updated:2014-04-09 11:02:20

Most sinks advertised as "granite" are actually made from granite composite, a less expensive, easier to work with material made of real granite suspended in a resin base. According to Astracast, a manufacturer of granite composite, these sinks can be up to 80 percent natural stone. They provide the durability and look of granite with improved shock resistance and a wider range of shapes. Like natural granite, granite composite sinks require some special care and maintenance. 

                                                      

 Daily Use

Your granite sink may include smooth, counterlike surfaces that are tempting to use as a cutting board. Routine contact with knife blades, however, can leave scratches and scores in your sink. It can also slowly dull your knives. Always place a plastic or wooden cutting board over the sink top before chopping. Avoid sharp, sudden impacts, such as dropping a metal pan or dish into the sink. It can scratch or chip the surface. Granite composite sinks are also heat-sensitive. Never place a hot pan or dish into the sink. Temperatures over 500 degrees Fahrenheit can melt or discolor the resin binder.

Maintenance Cleaning

 Clean your granite composite sink on a regular basis, using plenty of water and a non-abrasive or mildly abrasive cleaner such as baking soda. Never use a heavy-duty scouring pad, steel wool or abrasive cleaner on granite tile composite. These materials can create many fine scratches that encourage stains and discoloration. Avoid ammonia or strongly acidic cleansers, as these can etch the sink surface. After cleaning, rinse the sink well and wipe it dry using a soft, clean cloth. This discourages water spots and built-up soap scum.

Mineral Deposits
 In areas with hard water, your sink may develop a buildup of mineral deposits, such as lime scale. These deposits can dull or discolor your sink. They may also absorb color from beverages such as coffee, grape juice or wine, creating the appearance of a stain. Remove these mineral deposits using a mild acid, such as diluted lemon juice or vinegar. Rinse thoroughly after using acids to clean your sink. This reduces the risk of etching.

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