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Got Major Sink Stains? Here's What to Try Before Replacing It

Here's the combo that salvaged my granite composite sink, plus what to try (and what to avoid) based on your sink's material.
By Richard Blumenthal
March 10, 2021
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Choose Granite Over Hardness to Create Versatility in Kitchen and Bathroom Design

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When you are looking to replace your bath or kitchen counter tops, it is easy to simply choose a granite composite sink over any other option on the market today. Granite composite sinks are extremely durable and come in a wide variety of styles and colors to fit with any decor. However, there are some disadvantages to a granite composite sink and it is important to understand them before you make your decision.

One disadvantage to older faucets and sinks are that they do not have the capacity to handle large volumes of solid debris. They also require more maintenance for upkeep. Look at the plumbing that was installed when you had your home built. Most houses contained a central dumpster and a series of smaller dumpsters located throughout the home. The plumbing for these smaller dumpsters was installed with the use of a hydraulic repair tool. This repair tool is one that will damage your granite composite sink or any other faucet if it is not properly maintained.

In addition to the problems with hydraulic repair tools, you have to pick up the pieces that were dropped during the installation process. Some granite composite sinks are made of a natural stone like marble or granite, and they are also extremely durable. However, their quality will deteriorate over time if they are frequently exposed to water. Granite sinks and baths are made from natural stone and the water will eventually cause it to break down. The key to lasting durability with granite composite sink brands like this is to regularly wipe them down with a damp cloth and to use mild cleaners that won't damage the surface of your new faucets and sinks.

Another disadvantage to these types of granite sinks and bathrooms is that they have become rather commonplace. When granite first began to be mass produced it was a very rare find and most homeowners had only the most expensive natural granite sinks to work with. As more people started collecting them, manufacturers realized they could take advantage of this trend and mass produce granite composite sinks and bathroom vanity accessories. Now it's common to find them in every kitchen and bathroom in the country. Unfortunately, because granite is a soft material, these sinks are more susceptible to scratches and scuff marks. Eventually, these scratches and scuffs can turn them into an eyesore, especially if they're in a location that you want to keep light-colored or neutral looking.

The solution to this problem is to avoid granite composite kitchen sinks altogether. Instead, opt for a countertop or splashback sink that is made of a material that is more durable and that will last longer without being susceptible to scratches and scuffs. One option that you may want to consider is purchasing a granite sink with a quartz insert. By doing so you'll get a durable material in a sink that looks just as elegant as granite composite sinks.

If you already have granite kitchen or bathroom sinks but they look tired and worn, why not give them a much-needed facelift with a granite overlay? Installing a granite overlay will give your sink a fresh, clean look that will have your friends and family noticing. It's the style and sophistication of a granite countertop that makes it an excellent choice for kitchens and bathroom redesigning.