Use and Care

CLEANING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STONE USA STAINLESS STEEL SINKS

Congratulations on the purchase of your new sink, we hope you and your family enjoy your new kitchen and consider us for any future project you may have in your kitchen and bath.

Your new sink is made of premium 18/10 stainless steel and has a nominal thickness of 16 or 18 gauge, depending on the line of sink you have. The 18/10 refers to the proportion of chromium to nickel in the stainless steel alloy, The presence of chromium enables the stainless steel to form an invisible layer of oxide that protects it against corrosion and the addition of nickel to the alloy increases its corrosion resistance while adding a bright polished appearance, hardness, and exceptional resistance to all temperatures. The extra thickness of the steel in our sinks will resist normal abuse; however we do recommend the use of our strainer-grids to protect against accidental damage.

Daily Cleaning Practices

We suggest you clean the sinks as you would a stainless steel pot, use a mild detergent with a sponge, rinse and dry off. From time to time you may also polish it as to restore it to its original beauty and shine using “Never-Dull” (purchased at any auto supply shop) or any polishing cream for stainless steel of your choice.

Things to Avoid

  1. Do not use harsh chemicals inside the sink; if you would not put it on your hands don’t put it in the sink. Bleaches, acids, thinners, etc. Be advised that some foods contain acids, such as lemons. If you do rinse off and dry clean ASAP.
  2. Never lay rusted objects or objects prone to rusting inside the sink, although the sink itself is incapable of rusting it will stain if a rusted foreign object is laid in it.

Troubleshooting

Q: I scratched or dented my sink, what do I do? A: There is no way to avoid minor dents and scratched, in time they will blend in. If you are extremely bothered by them try using a metal polish, we have had success with a brand called “Top Brite”, it will work on minor scratches.

Q: I stained my sink by mistake, what do I do? A: Rinse off the sink and clean immediately, if it’s too late read on. We have been using “Never-Dull”; it will remove almost anything, even rust.

If you have any further questions please contact your dealer.

Abide by all local codes and regulations, read manufactures instructions for all products listed above and use and perform the above recommendations at your own risk. Refer to OSHA for all safety and handling guidelines.

CLEANING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STONE USA PORCELAIN SINKS

Daily cleaning practices: We suggest you clean the sinks using water and a mild detergent with a sponge, rinse and dry off.

Things to avoid:

  1. Do not use harsh chemicals inside the sink; if you would not put it on your hands don’t put it in the sink. Bleaches, acids, thinners, etc. Be advised that some foods contain acids, such as lemons. If you do rinse off and dry clean ASAP.
  2. Never lay rusted objects or objects prone to rusting inside the sink, although the sink itself is incapable of rusting it will stain if a rusted foreign object is laid in it.
  3. Do not lay tea bags or coffee inside the sink, if you do rinse and dry immediately.
  4. Sodas like coke can stain the sink if not rinsed out immediately.
  5. This sink does not resist abuse very well, handle pots and pans with care.
If you have any further questions please contact your dealer. Abide by all local codes and regulations, read manufactures instructions for all products listed above and use and perform the above recommendations at your own risk. Refer to OSHA for all safety and handling guidelines.

PRACTICAL ADVICE ON THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF THE SINK

  • Do not use the sink as a cutting surface: rather, use a cutting board made of hardwood or polyethylene, which can be purchased together with the sink. The use of wire baskets or small tubs made of polycarbonate (which can be purchased together with the sink) can reduce the risk of accidental damage.
  • Do not use detergents, abrasive substances or metal cleaning pads to clean the sink because they could scratch the surface, making it susceptible to stains.
  • Heavy or pointed objects that fall on the surface of the sink can damage it.
  • Scratches and chips on the surface of the sink can be removed using sandpaper and then a coat of polish.
  • CAUTION! Do not pour alcohol, gasoline, trichloroacetic acid or any solvents in general into or onto the sink because they could react with the chemical structure of the sink and damage it beyond repair.

CLEANING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STONE USA DURAGRANIT SINKS

  • Clean the sink regularly after each time it is used with warm water and any non-abrasive cleaner (LIQUID AJAX, etc. are excellent for this type of surface) and a soft cloth. Normal stains should be removed immediately. After each use, rinse and wipe the sink dry with a clean soft cloth to eliminate any water spots or soap film buildup.
  • Cleaning powders and creams which are even slightly abrasive should not be used, nor chemically aggressive detergents.
  • Abrasive cleaning products can be used only under exceptional circumstances, e.g. when a cigarette burn must be removed; however, these products should be used with extreme care.
  • Marks caused by foods or liquid which stain easily, i.e. tea, coffee, fruit juice and the like, must be removed immediately with very hot water and a cleaning product.
  • Special stains, such as those caused by Indian ink, ink, oil-based stains or paints, etc., must be removed immediately. If these stains are difficult to remove, use a cloth dampened with denatured alcohol.
  • For organic stains which are especially difficult to remove, it is recommended that you fill the sink with a 50% diluted organic cleaner such as bleach and let stand for one hour. Then rinse with warm water and a soft cloth. Also the use of BAR KEEPERS FRIEND (directions included on bottle or can) will help remove stubborn stains. (NOTE: with Anthracite or Cafe Brown, sink must be rinsed thoroughly with hot water).
  • Lines caused by contact between a pot or fork and the surface of the sink should be removed with a cloth or sponge and liquid detergent.
  • Daily use will result in lime buildup, especially on the bottom of the sink, which will progressively increase in thickness. This layer of lime buildup is very porous and easily stained. The presence of stains on the bottom of the sink basin is attributable to this buildup. The formation of lime buildup must be prevented by removing any buildup at least twice a week.
To remove lime buildup (which is very visible on sinks which are dark in color), it is recommended that the following procedure be followed:
  • Cover the bottom of the sink with a solution of normal vinegar and water (or product specifically designed to fight lime buildup like LIME AWAY or CLR) and let stand for a few hours. Then, rub the bottom of the sink vigorously with the stiff side of a sponge until the lime, dirt and stains have been removed. Rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Luster can be restored using mineral oil applied with a damp cloth. Blanco Clean is also recommended for only the light colored Duragranit sinks.
If you have any further questions please contact your dealer. Abide by all local codes and regulations, read manufactures instructions for all products listed above and use and perform the above recommendations at your own risk. Refer to OSHA for all safety and handling guidelines.