Use and Care
Use liquid detergent for regular cleaning to remove mineral deposits and soap scum. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, scouring pads, scrapers, or sandpaper on any part of the surfaces.
To remove built up hair spray, paint, tar, and difficult stains from the surface, use turpentine, denatured alcohol, or paint thinner. Be careful not to use turpentine or paint thinner on the jets in a whirlpool tub- damage to the plastic coatings may result.
To remove plaster or construction residue, scrape the surface slightly with a wooden edge and wash with liquid detergent. Never use wire brushes or metal tools on any part of the cultured marble surfaces.
If the stain is from hard water or mineral deposits, try using a cleaner for removing iron, calcium, or other such mineral deposits that are in your water supply. Most cleaning chemicals will not damage the gelcoat as long as label instructions are followed.
Products such as nail polish, polish remover, paint remover, etc. may cause permanent damage. Do Not Use Scouring or Abrasive Cleaners. Repeated use will dull the gel coat finish.
Solid surface products:
Regular cleaning is easy using a non-abrasive cleaner and a damp cloth or sponge. If the product has a factory matte finish, then abrasive cleaners may be used. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
Prompt clean up of spills will minimize even stubborn stains such as food dye, tea, fruit drinks, and some juices. Stains should wipe away easily with a sponge and common cleaner, such as 409 or SoftScrub. For stubborn stains on polished surfaces, use bleach for two to five minutes followed by a general cleaner, then flushed with water. On a matte finish, follow the same procedure or use a bleaching abrasive cleaner such as Comet or Ajax. After cleaning, a quick coat of a light wax, such as Pledge refreshes and protects the surface.
Cigarette burns on the surface are usually a nicotine stain or scorch that can be easily removed by cleaning with an abrasive cleaner or buffing with a plastic (not metal), abrasive household sponge.
Never set hot pans directly on a solid surface. Use a trivet or potholder to protect the top. Using your countertop for a cutting board will result in unnecessary damage that may require professional repair.
Repairing superficial scratches is a breeze on solid surface products. Sand lightly with 600 grit sandpaper or buff with a plastic (not metal) household sponge. Deep scratches or chips should always be removed professionally.
The natural stone you purchase that will last for many years. Stone requires simple care and maintenance to keep it looking for beautiful. Please seal your granite once or twice per year depending on the type of stone and usage.
Avoid continued exposure to food and drinks that contain acids as they may etch or dull the surface of many stones.
Do clean surfaces with products especially formulate for cleaning natural granite.
Do thoroughly rinse and dry the surface after washing with soap.
Don’t use vinegar, lemon juice or other cleaners containing acids on granite.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners.
Cleaning your Whirlpool System
It is recommended that you clean your whirlpool system at least once a month. Fill your tub with warm water 2 to 3 inches above the highest jets. Add half a box of baking soda or 2 tablespoons of liquid dishwasher detergent and run the whirlpool system for 5-10 minutes. Drain and refill the tub with clean warm water to rinse. Run the whirlpool system again for 5-10 minutes and drain.
Simple Steps to Care for Your Stainless Steel Sink
Clean regularly with a mild detergent solution and/or clean water applied with a soft cloth or sponge. Rub gently.
Rinse and towel dry after every use will prevent mineral deposits from building up on the surface of the sink.
Do not use coarse abrasive powders, metallic scourers such as steel wool or brushes with metal bristles.
Do not use the so termed "silver cleaners."
Do not leave wet sponges, cloths, cleaning pads, rubber mats or dishpans in the sink. This could lead to surface rust or possible pitting.
Do not leave standing solutions of chlorine bleach and water in the sink for extended periods of time. Always rinse the sink after using such solutions.
Do not allow liquid soap or other cleansers to dry on the surface of the sink.
Use brands that state "suitable for stainless steel." Inox crème, Zud, Bar Keepers Friend, and Laurence Right Work are some of the most effective. Other effective although less aggressive include Comet, Shiny Sinks Plus, Soft Scrub, and Mr. Clean. For scratches, try a material called Scotchbrite (using very light hand pressure in the direction of the finish).
Please note: Chlorides are found in most all soap, detergents, bleaches and cleansers. Chlorides can be harsh on stainless steel, but because chlorides are very water-soluble they are usually not a problem. THOROUGH rinsing of your sink after each use to remove any chloride residue and weekly deep cleaning will keep your sink in excellent condition.
As with most metallic surfaces, your stainless steel sink will get scratches. These are merely "usage scratches" and over time will blend in with the overall finish of your sink. However, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the appearance of scratches. Use a nylon pad (such as Scotchbrite) with an iron free abrasive polishing compound. Follow the direction of the original polish lines and you can blend out the scratch in a small area. Be careful not to overdo it. If you get too aggressive, you can’t go back. You will end up with a bright spot.
Regular routine cleaning can usually prevent lime scale deposits from hard water. Do not allow excessive build up before treating. Soaking in a 25% vinegar solution or a 5% nitric acid solution can treat these hard water spots. Periodically rub with a nylon bristled brush or fine synthetic scourer pad. Then, rinse and towel dry.
If you develop rust marks due to presence of or contact with ferrous (iron containing) materials, swab with a sponge wetted with a dilute (10-15%) solution of nitric acid (HNO3) and follow with routine cleaning. Avoid prolonged contact of ferrous (i.e. cast iron pans) materials with stainless steel. Dilute nitric acid in strengths of up to 20%, is a "friendly" acid to stainless steel. It is the ONLY acid that may be used with no risk to stainless steel.
Care and Maintenance of Your Copper
Cleaning - Caring for our copper bowls is surprisingly easy and virtually maintenance free. For basic cleaning simply use a mild soap and water. There is no need for any special type of cleaners or polishes for your copper. AVOID using any abrasive materials or harsh chemicals on or around your copper – these may harm the surface and the finish of your sink.
Hard Water - If you have hard water in your area, keep your copper sink and drain clean and dry by wiping it down with a soft cloth after every use to avoid spotting. Hard water will affect copper as it would any other type of metal, and it will be difficult to remove these spots after they etch the finish.
Acidy Foods - DO NOT leave any acid based foods on your sink for ANY prolonged period of time such as tomatoes, oranges or lemons. The acid in these foods may produce a shiny spot on your finish. If this does happen, we recommend you immediately clean the spot with soap and water and wait for the finish to recover its patina – the copper will continuously ages with time and any spots such as these will blend back in with the rest of the finish.
Protecting the Finish - Another easy step in maintaining and protect the finish of your sink is a periodic waxing. This will help maintain the luster and provide better water runoff and will also help protect from hard water minerals. A good rule of thumb would be twice a month; depending on how much the sink is used. Any cheap furniture polish, such as Pledge will do the trick
Care & Cleaning- Vitreous China Bowls
Our vanity bowls are virtually maintenance free and require very little up keep. But day-to-day clean will insure an elegant look for a life time.
For day-to-day cleaning- Rinse thoroughly and use a soft cloth to wipe the product dry after each use. Wash with warm water, a soft cloth, and a mild detergent such as dish soap, Mr Clean, or any general bathroom cleanser or multi surface cleaner.
More Stubborn Stains- Soft abrasive cleaners may be used when necessary; the use of any powdered detergents such as Spic & Span, on a damp sponge or scouring pad of nylon would be suitable
****Never use any harsh or strong abrasive scouring powders, cleansers, or pads as they tend to create microgrooves that dull the finish and allow dirt to work into the surface. Use of cleaning products containing calcium hypo chlorite (chlorine) or any other reactive chemical shall constitute improper maintenance****
Can an undermount sink be used as a drop in sink?
No, undermount sinks are not designed to be used in a drop in installation