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Help with mineral deposits on granite around faucet.

Posted by momintennies (My Page) on
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.


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RE: Help with mineral deposits on granite around faucet.

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.


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RE: Help with mineral deposits on granite around faucet.

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 missed.


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RE: Help with mineral deposits on granite around faucet.

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?


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RE: Help with mineral deposits on granite around faucet.

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.


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RE: Help with mineral deposits on granite around faucet.

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 resealing.

Using a cleaner like the 3-in-1 around the sink regularly would make cleaning up future deposits easier.


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RE: Help with mineral deposits on granite around faucet.

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 items!


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RE: Help with mineral deposits on granite around faucet.

Not bashing stone here, but have an question.
Would anyone buy granite if they knew this was an issue before purchase?

Or is this one of those high heel issues, do you want to be comfortable or just look good?


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