White Haze On Granite Composite Sinks
White Haze on Granite Composite Sinks
When a composite granite sink is new, the colors are vibrant and the surface is easy to clean. With proper care and some "do's and don'ts," granite sinks are simple to keep looking like new. Even with the darker colors, such as brown and black.
What Causes White Haze on Composite Sinks
Two common issues resemble a white or chalky haze on black granite composite sinks. One is caused by mineral deposits (calcium and lime), and the other is surface damage. Damaged surfaces are particularly noticeable on black sinks, and are most likely caused by an abrasive pad, non-scratch pad or specific types of cleaning solutions.
Removing mineral deposits is an easy fix, but we recommend you learn a couple simple steps to avoid advancing to a bigger issues: surface wear, damage or etching.
First identify which issue exists, and start with a thorough cleaning. You'll need to remove all soap scum, grease, oil, and mineral deposits (calcium, lime and rust). We embedded a 2:00 minute video located below to help you accomplish this task.
Mineral Deposit Buildup: Calcium & Limescale Causing the White Haze
Many homes have hard water, and this is typically where the issue starts; even if you have a water softener connected. Unless you wipe your sink out after every use, water will evaporate leaving behind minerals. These minerals (calcium and lime) bond to the surface. Early on they can be seen as water spots located in the corners, and they progressively build up and transition into a white or chalky haze. Although it is highly recommended to use preventative care and maintenance, it is even more important to know how to safely remove calcium and lime without causing surface wear, damage or etching.
Etching: Harsh Cleaners
Before attempting to remove mineral deposits, it is important to know that nearly every chemical solution formulated to remove calcium, lime and rust is too harsh or abrasive for granite sinks. They can leave behind a surface blemish that is still visible when wet. This type issue usually occurs when cleaning solutions are too high or low on the pH scale. These blemishes can sometimes be improved, but not repaired. This is why it is important to practice preventative care and maintenance. Thankfully, certain specialty products and techniques can avoid an expensive replacement or the inconvenience or restoring the surface of a composite granite sink.
Abrasive and Non-scratch Pads
It’s common to experience light surface wear or damage from abrasive pad. In certain circumstances, non-abrasive pads can even cause this sort of damage. This can occur over a long period of time, and is especially common when individuals try to “scrub” water spots or remove the white haze with the abrasive side of a sponge or pad. This isn’t unusual and is typically easy to repair.
pH-Neutral Cleaners Don't Clean Mineral Deposits
Many popular brands of dish soap (and all brands of natural stone and granite cleaners) are pH neutral. pH-neutral cleaning products are safe for natural stone, but are not capable of removing mineral deposits such as calcium and lime. This can make such issues confusing to remove. This is why using more abrasive pads or non-scratch pads can progressively contribute to premature surface wear or a damaged surface.
How to Safely Remove Calcium and Lime From Granite and Prevent Future Issues
With just a few simple steps you can improve the look and performance of your sink. Consider practicing a little prevention by using cleaning solutions formulated with ioSeal protectants. The following video demonstrates how to safely remove calcium and lime from granite.
If Your Sink has Been Damaged
If your sink has been already been damaged by abrasive pads, non-scratch pads or harsh chemicals, don't worry about a thing. Our stone care pro will gladly assist with the additional steps to restore the look of your sink. Simply call for your free consultation at 317-865-0000.
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Prevent the Haze and Maintain the Look
As already mentioned, try to wipe the water out of the sink after every use. This will reduce exposure to mineral deposit and soap scum buildup.
Treatments or cleaning solutions that contain ioSeal™ bond a protective barrier to the surface. This barrier helps prevent mineral deposit buildup, while improving ease of cleaning and making colors more vibrant. An additional level of protection every time you clean!
Granite Composite Sink Care and Maintenance Kit by Supreme Surface®
Clean, shine and protect the look of composite granite sinks with Supreme Surface®.
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Supreme Surface® Scum & Mineral Deposit Remover is powerful enough to remove calcium, lime and rust, but gentle enough to not cause etching / damage to your sink.
Once these mineral deposits are safely removed, use the Supreme Surface® Granite, Quartz & Marble Treatment with ioSeal to clean shine and protect, all in one bottle.
Looking for personalized assistance to help restore the look of your composite granite sink? Feel free to contact us with questions 317-865-0000.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 30 of 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
- Tom Munro