ENG How to care for granite sinks?
Before buying a granite sink, the question arises in everyone's mind: "How to care for such a sink?".
Unfortunately, there is a rule here - how we care, it will look like this.
But how to keep it beautiful for years?
In Poland, we usually have very stony water, which means that granite sinks, especially in black, begin to dull and leave water stains that are difficult to remove. What are some ways to prevent limescale from settling on the sink?
It is very important to grease granite sinks. The structure of many granite sinks is slightly rough and also has micropores in the structure. This makes the water stagnant and dries up along with the minerals that were in it, creating an unsightly sediment.
As users, our task is to create a hydrophobic coating, i.e. one on which water will run off and will not form a sediment. You will ask how to make it?
There are two ways:
Agents for impregnation of granite sinks - these are chemical agents that create a hydrophobic coating, typically intended for granite sinks. Depending on the manufacturer, the method of application may differ, but usually a cleaned and dried sink should be sprayed with a small amount of the impregnation agent, wait 1-2 minutes and the sink should be polished thoroughly. It is important that in order for the chemicals to create an appropriate protective layer, you usually have to wait at least 2 hours after applying the impregnation, so it's best to do it overnight. Importantly - the effect lasts for several weeks. The price of such products varies from a dozen to several dozen zlotys depending on the manufacturer.
Vegetable oil - a cheap and good way. It is enough to soak the sponge with oil and thoroughly lubricate the entire surface of the sink. The sink will become very greasy at first, but will form a clogging layer so that the water drains better without leaving a stain. The downside to this method is the frequency of repetition - at least once a week if you want to keep the effect.
Another simple, but some getting used to, way is to wipe the sink regularly. After each use, the sink should be thoroughly washed and wiped with a dry cloth or paper towel. This method makes the sink look like new for years. Unfortunately, this is a way rather for people who cook little.
The second problem that occurs with granite sinks is mechanical damage to the material. Here, unfortunately, the most important thing is not to throw the cutlery forcefully into the sink. Heavy, hard materials thrown into the sink will easily damage the material. In order to reduce the risk, you can use silicone protective mats for sinks, which will protect our sink from mechanical damage and microcracks.
Also, do not use the so-called steel wool. They will not lead to cracks, but they will certainly make the structure of the material dull and uneven, which will make dirt sticky faster.
There are many food ingredients that color strongly and can leave stains on granite sinks (and others). The above-mentioned impregnating agents for sinks will be a very good protection against them. The hydrophobic coating allows food dyes to run off with the water instead of penetrating the structure of the sink.
However, to make it easier to clean the sink, it is best not to leave certain products in it.
Coffee, tea, wine, beetroot, carrots, red cabbage, and most fruits can leave stains that are difficult to remove, so the safest thing to do is to remove the leftovers immediately and throw them into the bin, and rinse the sink with water.
Although granite sinks usually say that they are resistant to high temperatures up to 280 degrees Celsius. Celsius, remember that this is an instantaneous value. Merely putting the tray aside, removing the food and putting the tray back in the oven will not damage the sink.
However, you cannot remove the pot from the heat and put it in the sink to cool down. The pot is removed from the gas, although it might seem to be 100 degrees Celsius, just like boiling water, it usually has a much higher temperature and before it cools down it has time to burn off the resins that make up a granite sink.
Remember that hot dishes must always be placed on the rack for hot dishes to cool first. Thanks to this, we will not damage the sink or the countertop.
Remember that a granite sink is not a steel sink and should not be handled like steel. Always read the instruction manual before use. Unfortunately, many users forget about it, which makes them dissatisfied later.
The material itself looks beautiful and offers many arrangement options. Like everything, it has its advantages and disadvantages.