by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated September 28, 2009)
When cleaning sealed marble, use a gentle cleanser along with bleach or another usual type of non-acidic cleanser. Rinse and dry your marble frequently so that any damage from acidic beverages or foods that come into contact with your kitchen sink can be kept to a minimum (and preferably an incidence of zero). Refrain from using any kind of acidic cleaner on your marble kitchen sink, as acid causes permanent etching to occur on your sink, and can only be removed by a professional resurfacing and refinishing. Be aware that marble is extremely porous and, even with sealant, will not indefinitely resist staining substances.
To clean sealed granite, use a soft brush in circular movements and add a nonabrasive cleanser for the more difficult-to-remove stains, but never use full-strength bleach on your granite kitchen sink. Also, do not use any kind of strong alkalai on your sink (ammonia is a common example). Oxalic acid can be used to remove rust, if you need to do so.
When cleaning limestone, be sure that you avoid using sharp objects to scrape at anything stuck on your sin. This is because limestone is a very soft stone and it can be very easy to gouge this surface. Use a cleanser with a neutral PH and wash with a cloth or soft sponge.
Soapstone is very dense, so it repels stains best of all the kinds of stone from which sinks are commonly made. All you will need to do to keep this kind of kitchen sink clean is to rub it down with a cloth or sponge with some mild cleanser applied to it. You'll want to rub mineral oil into it every month for the first 18 months of its life, and twice a year after that. Use 300 to 400 grit sandpaper to remove any scratches (you may have to start with rougher paper before you get down to that level).
For general stone sink cleaning be sure to wipe up staining substances as soon as you can. The longer a stain remains on a stone sink, the deeper it penetrates. Do not let mineral deposits from water build up on your stone kitchen sink, as they will be extremely difficult for you to remove.
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