Stone Sink and Bathtub Cleaning, Maintenance and Repair


How to take care of stone sinks and bathtubs is one of the most frequently asked questions in the stone industry. The answer to this broad question is not simple, as different stone materials in different finishes will have different porous features thus require different care and maintenance techniques. For example, as limestone is much more porous than granite, maintaining limestone and granite would be different. A deeply polished surface is less porous than a honed surface so cleaning and maintaining the honed surface is more difficult.


Due to the porous nature of stone, many foreign substances can stain the sinks and tubs if they are not properly protected. Apparently, the longer a stain remains on a stone, the deeper it penetrates and becomes more permanent. Therefore, it is imperative to remove stains as soon as they occur. It is recommended to wipe up spills immediately and do not allow surface deposits of water bi-products such as calcium, salt, lime or detergents to build up on your stone sink.


To clean your sink or tub, use a soft cloth, sponge or soapy nylon brush. Be sure to rinse the sink or tub well after cleaning and dry. Cleaning on a regular basis will help prevent the development of hard water deposits. If you develop persistent stains, try a non-abrasive cleaner such as dishwasher soap, Soft Scrub or a professional stone cleaner which can be purchased from a local hardware or tile store. Keep in mind, NEVER use any acidic tub and tile cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, ammonia, abrasive or soft paste cleaners, vinegar, alcohol, window cleaners or lemon juice. In addition, DO NOT use abrasive cleaning pads such as steel wool, metal brushes or scouring powders.


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How to take care of stone sinks and bathtubs is one of the most frequently asked questions in the stone industry. The answer to this broad question is not simple, as different stone materials in different finishes will have different porous features thus require different care and maintenance techniques. For example, as limestone is much more porous than granite, maintaining limestone and granite would be different. A deeply polished surface is less porous than a honed surface so cleaning and maintaining the honed surface is more difficult.


Due to the porous nature of stone, many foreign substances can stain the sinks and tubs if they are not properly protected. Apparently, the longer a stain remains on a stone, the deeper it penetrates and becomes more permanent. Therefore, it is imperative to remove stains as soon as they occur. It is recommended to wipe up spills immediately and do not allow surface deposits of water bi-products such as calcium, salt, lime or detergents to build up on your stone sink.


To clean your sink or tub, use a soft cloth, sponge or soapy nylon brush. Be sure to rinse the sink or tub well after cleaning and dry. Cleaning on a regular basis will help prevent the development of hard water deposits. If you develop persistent stains, try a non-abrasive cleaner such as dishwasher soap, Soft Scrub or a professional stone cleaner which can be purchased from a local hardware or tile store. Keep in mind, NEVER use any acidic tub and tile cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, ammonia, abrasive or soft paste cleaners, vinegar, alcohol, window cleaners or lemon juice. In addition, DO NOT use abrasive cleaning pads such as steel wool, metal brushes or scouring powders.


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