Hidden away in the quiet calm of your bathroom, your stone sink is a sparkling gem crafted from quality materials to last for literally decades. Keeping it looking new requires only minimal care and common sense. The question becomes what to use for your cleaning regimen. When it comes to daily care and maintenance, you might want to consider using nature's perfect cleaning solution: H20.
On a spectrum from zero to 14, water is at the neutral mid point, 7. Liquids below 7 are considered acidic and include vinegar and some of the harsh cleaners used to remove stains from toilet bowls. Above 7 they're called "alkaline" and include bleach and many multi-purpose cleaners. In other words, you can't afford to just spray anything on your bathroom sink. Luckily, a little daily care can keep your sink in tip top shape. Water and daily care are all you really need to keep your stone bathroom lavatory or sink sparkling clean.
It's All About Daily Maintenance
The toothpaste film and thin layer of soap scum for daily use can build up pretty quickly. Simply rinse well and wipe with a damp sponge, then rinse again. It is important to rinse your sink well, as residue tends to build up, making it more difficult to remove in the long run. Wipe clean with a dry towel. For harder stains, a nylon brush can do wonders.
Rinsing the stone sink carefully after each use and at the end of the day is most important part of maintaining it. It's important to wipe away any reside or stain as soon as you see it, as stone sinks are porous and have a tendency to absorb whatever is left on them. If, in the long run, you do require a cleaner, find a pH balanced cleaner that is designed for stone.
A Word Of Caution: Avoid Abrasives
That smooth sheen and finish on your stone lavatory sink comes as the result of an elaborate manufacturing process. Whether your sink is made of travertine (a form of limestone) or marble, using a rough abrasive detergent will quickly scratch the surface. Even if your sink is an unfinished stone sink, an abrasive powder can alter its sophisticated finish for the worse. AVOID.
Contrary to what you might think, stone is far from impervious to damage. So when in doubt about whether a particular cleaner or treatment is suitable for your sink, don't use it. It's better by far to keep your sink in good shape by keeping it clean on a daily basis and prevent the buildup of scum or other unwanted particles on your bath vessel sink. In many cases, preventative cleaning with mere water may be more than adequate.