Soapstone is a soft natural stone. As in the examples of granite and limestone, it is quarried. Combined, stable features and non-porous texture make the material a highly preferable alternative for any surfaces inside a home. This material is mainly used in countertops and sinks. Keeping soapstone sink clean is effortless.
While it is effortless to keep soapstone sinks clean, there are a couple of helpful points for providing the soapstone material with a long and healthy life. Let’s look at these steps in more detail!
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Applying the preliminary mineral oil treatment will give the soapstone sink an evenly darkened, charcoal color. While soapstone’s color is light gray when it’s first quarried, it oxidizes through exposure to liquids such as water and oil. A regular mineral oil treatment distributes the oxidation process evenly over the whole surface.
Pour the oil over the material. As the material is non-porous, the oil will not be absorbed. Instead, spread it across the surface using a non-abrasive sponge or a soft cloth. Ensure that a thin coat of oil has been distributed everywhere, including corners. After waiting for at least half an hour, remove any oil residue with the help of a different cloth. For the first couple of months, re-oil the soapstone sink once weekly. Then oiling it once every three months would be enough.
It’s the first day of the soapstone sink in your home! Please wait at least 24 hours before starting to clean or oil it. This way, you will make sure that adhesives applied during the installment of the sink have been thoroughly dried. You will also give this time to yourself as you will thus be able to consider your choice of oiling the surface.
So, you have decided to oil your new soapstone sink, great! Before the oil treatment, we need to clean the surface using only soap and water. First, remove the dust quickly. Then apply a mild soap and water solution onto a soft cloth, a non-abrasive sponge, or a microfiber towel. Wipe the whole surface with the fabric. Wring it out, wet it again with water, and rinse the surface with the same cloth. Repeat the last step until the soap is completely removed.
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