Care and Maintenance of Sinks (Copper, Brass, Bronze, Stainless, Pewter, Glass, Porcelain, Ceramic, Stone) With or without a fine art patina finish.
Remember most art sinks are one-of-a-kind made to order.
First and foremost keep any chemicals and abrasives away(no ajax, brillo pads, or pumice products). This includes sodium, fruit acids, paint, cosmetics, acidic cleaning agents. Basically no prolonged contact of any chemical with sink is best. Simply wash with soap and water quickly, dry with a soft cloth and buff to a shine.
Also, take care not to drop heavy items or shop objects into your sink
Copper: This type of sink has a natural antibacterial action and allowing the natural chemical changes will give the sink a unique patina appearance.
A liquid car wax or Johnson paste wax may be used to further protect your sink. Apply, leave on several minutes then buff to a clear shine. This should be done weekly depending on use. This will also help prevent some scratching.
If you feel you must deep clean, mix 1 tsp. of salt with 1 cup white vinegar, spread throuhgout then vigorously buff to a shine.
Sodium creates big problems with sinks. Consequently, watersoftners can definitly damage the finish on all plumbing fixtures like faucets, sinks, toilets, any decorative items having a custom hand rubbed finish or patina can be damaged. We have seen oil-rubbed bronze finishes, for example, destroyed from sodium sources.
So now that you can properly care for your metal sink you may enjoy years of its natural beauty.
There is absolutely no substitute for clean, clear, pure water. It is this legacy that World of Sinks will promote, nurture, and advocate.
First categorize your type of stone. Different stones need different care.
Granite: There are over 40 different types of granite sinks, ranging from very hard stone to very soft stone. The porosity depends on the closeness of the stone grain. Stone like Absolute Black, have a very close grain. Stone like Sunny Gold or Milano Blace has a fairly open grain. One needs to protect both with a good sealer. The ones with the more open grain, we recommend that you apply a sealer only once a year.
Wipe down your stone sink after use or at least once a day. We carry daily cleaners for that purpose. If the sink sets on a granite top, you will need to seal both the sink and the counter top at the same time.
Marble and Onyx: Marble needs a sealer at least once a month. If using in a commercial application, it is required that you apply a sealer once a week to insure it's continued beauty. Wipe down after each use or at the end of the day. Dry after cleaning.
Travertine: Extreme care is neede for this product. There are more Dont's than Do's with travertine, so we recommend that you get a full maintenance and care program from World of Sinks customer service person.
Sandstone: The most porous sink out there. More Dont's than Do's again. However if one keeps the maintenance program on going this could be one of the most eye catching vessel sinks on the market.
Soapstone: Treat this the same as your Sandstone sink, except one can use clear car wax as a protectant. Wipe completely down after use is very important.
Concrete: Concrete sinks are also very porous. A stone sealer made especially for concrete is to be used on the daily maintenance of this product. Wax can also be usd as a sealer. I use car type clear wax. Wiping down after every use is very important.
Using green techniques: Oxiclean pr sodium Bi-carbonate
- Spray sink with white vinegar
- Scrub sprayed sink with a brush or scotch brite
- Soak hand towel in oxygen bleach solution
- Set towel on stained areas for 15 minutes
- Remove towel and scrub oyxgened bleacched areas
- Back to white