- Natural Stone
Marble, Travertine, Limestone and Onyx are types of natural stone. Each stone sink or mosaic is 'Naturally Unique' because no two stones are exactly the same. Our products are classified by color and stone type but each product can vary depending on color tone, veining and texture. These slight variations enhance the beauty and value of natural stone. Natural stone has been used in the construction process for thousands of years and never goes out of fashion.
All natural stone falls into three geological classifications based on how the stone forms. The three classifications are Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous. Limestone, Travertine and Onyx are sedimentary stones, and marble is metamorphic. Limestone, travertine, onyx and marble are calcareous stone meaning they are composed primarily of calcium carbonate.
Caring for your natural stone sink
Clean your natural stone sink regularly with neutral and non-abrasive cleaners. Calcareous stone (calcium carbonate) is sensitive to acidic cleaners so avoid cleaning solutions that are highly acidic (lemon, vinegar, etc.). Rinse completely after applying a cleaning product to avoid leaving film or soap scum. Don't allow standing water to accumulate on the stone as this may leave a film or watermark. Remove soap scum from natural stone by using a mix of 1/2 cup of ammonia with a gallon of water.
Natural stone sinks are porous and have the potential to stain. Some of the most common culprits are red wine, fruit juices, coffee, rust, ink, paint, soap scum and water spots. Blot stains with a paper towel. Avoid wiping the stain as it may cause it to spread.
We recommend that you seal your natural stone sink to prevent staining. The stone should be sealed once a year unless you are using a longer term sealer. Sealers do not prevent stains completely, so the caring instructions above should be followed.
(Ref: Marble Institute of America)
Installing and sealing your vessel sink
The video below provides instructions on how to install and seal your vessel sink.