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Posted by momintennies
Sat, Sep 29, 07 at 4:48
|How can I get rid of and prevent mineral deposits around
the faucet on the granite? This area is turning rust color and
along the bottom of the backsplash close to the sink the
build-up is white. I try to wipe down the sink area at the end
of the day. But the sink is constantly used by family and
wiping down the sink after turning off the faucet each time
will not happen. I think I should reseal this area, but first
I need to get this deposit off and I don't know how to do it.
Does anyone have this problem and found a way to resolve it?
Thanks in advance.|
|You can scrape the white residue off with a single edge
razor blade. It works well and doesn't damage the granite. I
do it a couple of times a year. You can buy the blades at your
local hardware store.|
|You can also use very fine steel wool on the stone (00,
000, 0000). I've used both a razor and steel wool to remove
some epoxy that the fabricators had
|Is there anything you can use on the granite to prevent
the mineral deposits from forming at all? Like a lubricant of
something you use on your granite that prevents the minerals
from getting a grip on it? Is the eventual development of the
mineral layer a signal of a leak in your faucet or is it just
from drips running off people's hands and sloppy splashing
while using the sink?|
|I am just guessing here but I think a really high-end (not
all of them are that good) water softerner tank would be the
answer to your problems.|
|A spray cleaner like the 3-in-1 from GranQuartz has a bit
of sealer in it. It will help with cleaning up the hard water
deposits if you use it on a regular basis, but first you have
to take care of what is round the faucets now.
The advice you have had up till now is good - scrape it
with a sharp single edge razor blade or scrub at it with some
fine steel wool. Both these mechanical procedures will remove
the mineral deposits. A paste of Bicarbonate of Soda is also a
decent mild abrasive and should be very effective if agitated
with an old toothbrush. Just be sure to thoroughly rinse the
area if you use the baking soda paste. It is very alkaline.
DO NOT use cleaners like CLR, RustAway or Barkeeper's
Friend - they contain acids which could damage the stone.
Once the area is clean, let it dry thoroughly before
Using a cleaner like the 3-in-1 around the sink regularly
would make cleaning up future deposits easier.
|FWIW: We have a water softener that works well and those
deposits still come up from residues from soaps, lotions, and
toothpaste that remain on your hands when you rinse them and
turn of the water. I am constantly trying to stay on top of
this problem in our home, too. We have seven sinks with
granite in our home and every single one has to be monitored.
The other sinks get water-mineral rings, too, but they're
easier to clean and I use CLR.
I bought granite maintenance kit from HD and it appears to
help. Razor blade suggestion also works well.It was a great
investment to just purchase a box of 100 flat blades from HD
to keep things maintained. You can use them on so many
|Not bashing stone here, but have an question. |
anyone buy granite if they knew this was an issue before
Or is this one of those high heel issues, do you want to be
comfortable or just look
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