Here is how I feel today! Just like Super Woman! HaHa!
I didn’t accomplish anything too heroic, but I finally won the battle with my black granite composite sink.
When we were designing the kitchen in our new house, I let myself be convinced to buy a black granite composite sink. I sure didn’t see that coming because my dream kitchen didn’t have a bit of black in it!
I absolutely hated the black enamel stove top in our old house and swore that our new kitchen wouldn’t have anything black it it. Black is so hard to clean and you can see every bit of dust and dirt on it.
The first black to creep into my kitchen plan was the quartz island counter top. It’s mostly black with brown spots. The cabinet salesperson convinced us that it would look great with the cherry cabinets I chose. The other counter tops are medium brownish and the walls are a cream color, so I thought it might be a nice contrast, so I caved.
Then, we picked out all stainless steel appliances and I was ecstatic to find a stove with a stainless steel top. My happiness was short lived because after it was delivered, we discovered it had the wrong kind of connection and had to be sent back. I ended up with a stainless steel stove with a black enameled top! I was so disappointed!
Finally, we went shopping for kitchen sinks and someone who shall remain nameless, really wanted to get the black granite composite sink. I really wanted stainless because of all the other black that had snuck into my kitchen, but since I was assured it would go great with the stove and the island counter top, we got the black sink.
Well, for two years now I have HATED that stupid black composite sink! It never looked clean because of the white haze that I couldn’t get rid of. The only time the sink ever looked good was when it was wet! It has been driving me nuts!!!
These are pictures of my sink yesterday AFTER I cleaned it with the Lysol. How Embarrassing!
Yesterday, I had a brilliant idea. I was doing dishes and cussing out my sink when I thought about my cast iron cookware that had to be rubbed with oil to season it. I thought, ” Well, maybe that is what my sink needs!”
So, I gave the sink a good cleaning with the Lysol all purpose cleaner that I sometimes use when I want to disinfect the sink, rinsed it off, and then applied a generous amount of Crisco cooking oil to it. I let it sit for a bit and then wiped the excess off with a paper towel.
It looked so much better! I was so happy!
This morning, I noticed some of the haziness had returned. Rats! There were also a couple of spots on the back of the sink where the faucet is that you can’t see in the picture.
Not all of the haziness returned though, so I knew I was on the right track. I went online to see if I could get some help. I should have done that a long time ago because it seems that lots of people had figured out the oil thing long before me! Ha!
Anyway, from what I read, it seems that using either Dawn dish washing liquid or a vinegar and baking soda paste to clean granite composite sinks is best. I was happy to see I was doing that right – I use both quite often on the sink and for a lot of other cleaning chores, so I had them on hand. So, today I washed the sink twice – first using the vinegar and baking soda and then using the Dawn.
Then I dried the sink really well and applied the Crisco cooking oil again (people online used a bunch of different oils like mineral oil, WD 40, linseed oil etc., but I’m sticking with the cooking oil because it’s edible).
Well, again it looks really good! I figure I should have been oiling my sink this whole two years, so it might take a few more applications to make it right, but I still feel like Super Woman for figuring it out – even though it took me two years and even though I could have had a nice clean looking sink a long time ago if I had bothered to google the problem sooner. Doh!
I might learn to LOVE my black granite composite sink after all! 🙂
Not sure if the commercial cleaners work but, you can check them out here on Amazon