Caring for a stone sink is not nearly as complicated as most people think. Our stones were selected specifically because they are tough and will provide many years of low or no maintenance. For regular cleaning all you’ll need is dishwashing soap, for tough stains, de-greasers and bleach may be used.
Marble & Limestone/ Most marble has 0% water absorption, this means stains will not be able to penetrate into the stone, however stains can show on the surface, to remove most stains, use soap, a de-greaser, or bleach (for tough stains), avoid abrasive pads and cleansers. If you want to maintain the polished look of marble, try to avoid acidic foods (lemon juice, etc.) from sitting in your marble sink, as these may dull or etch the finish. However over years of use this is typically unavoidable and can be considered part of the natural aging beauty of a stone sink. We do recommend treating your sink with a stone sealer/enhancer once a year or as needed.
Petrified Wood, Travertine/ All have some naturally occurring holes which required filling during the production process, the filling is a mixture of epoxy and ground stone, and should not need maintenance for many years to come, but just like a tooth cavity the filling at some point it may come loose and require re-filling, this can be done with 100% epoxy (for small holes) or with a small amount of ground stone mixed in. Prior to filling make sure the hole is clean and dry, fill, let completely cure (24-48 hours), using a razor blade slice off any excess, light sanding with 400 grit wet sandpaper may be needed . Having said that, it’s not uncommon for these sinks to last 10 years or more without any maintenance. Chemical sealers and impregnators are recommended.
Granite & Quartz/ These are the toughest stones available. For black colors, sealers are not necessary, for lighter colors we do recommend sealing your sink, as these colors will have some water absorption. Hard mineral water may cause white spots to appear on dark colored stones, these can be removed with a flat razor blade.
Soapstone/ This is our newest stone for kitchen sinks, it is harder than most soapstones, which makes it a great choice for kitchen use. Sealers and or oil are not necessary, unless you want the stone to appear black, in which case we recommend “Enrich ‘N’ Seal” by Aqua Mix, applying mineral oil (as some recommend) is a complete waste of your time, it will darken the stone color, however it will be short lived as it will wash off with soap and water. Please do not place hot pans directly into your sink, as the extreme heat may cause a thermal shock and damage your sink.
We sincerely hope you enjoy your new sink, after all it is one-of-a-kind!