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Composite Granite Sinks Daily Drying and Cleaning?

Posted by happs (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 17, 13 at 18:11

I have spent a day or so reading reviews on composite granite sinks in black by Blanco (Silgranit II) and Swanstone. A great majority of the reviews are positive, but one thing I noticed is that some people mention they clean the sink daily with dish soap and then wipe clean/dry with a soft cloth or paper towel to prevent water spots. I have a water softening system in my house. Will I still need to do this daily? I currently have a Corian sink in white that I don't clean daily with dish soap nor dry with a soft cloth. I mostly use the faucet sprayer to clean and the sink dries on it's own. I use the sink a lot in a day and I don't want to have to clean and dry it regularly. If I see food coloring marks, I will try dish soap, then Soft Scrub and a sponge if needed, rising it afterwards but not drying it.

I prefer maintenance free over looks and am willing to pay for that feature if needed. I know I don't like stainless steel because of the noise and the need to dry it every time you use it because of the look of water spots. What type and color sink is best for me?

Also, this sink will be undermounted, probably under a granite countertop. If something goes wrong with the sink, is it as easy as getting removing the old one and installing a new identical one, or do I have to also remove the entire granite slab to replace the sink?

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RE: Composite Granite Sinks Daily Drying and Cleaning?

I've never read about anybody here who cleans and dries their composite (Blanco silgranit) sinks daily in order to prevent water spots. In fact, the need to WIPE down a sink every night is one reason I did not buy stainless sinks. Stainless needs to be wiped down constantly or it will show water spots. Silgranit does NOT show water spots. That's a major pro for me and for many others here and is why I bought two silgranits for my new kitchen.

I do wipe down my prep sink sides and floor with the sponge just about every night just because I want to get any little food bits or whathaveyou off so the sink and stainless GD flange look pristine when I sidle up to it each morning to make breakfast. The sink still looks great in the morning when I don't do it, but I just like the little extra sparkle of a clean sink and flange. My cleanup sink usually has a couple, few items in that didn't fit into the second DW load of the day so I don't wipe it down very often.

My sinks are one of my favorite things about my new kitchen. You'd have to pry them out of my cold, dead hands to get me to give them up. I have the metallic gray.

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RE: Composite Granite Sinks Daily Drying and Cleaning?

Swanstone and Silgranit are two completely, totally, different things, so you should not pair them together in your discussion as if they are both just composite sinks. Swanstone is a solid surface created by a compression of plastic compounds into molds. Silgranit is 80% granite. That is why Silgranit doesn't stain, doesn't chip, feels solid, doesn't look dull, withstands heat up to 500 degrees, and doesn't scratch.

So when you say you've read "they clean the sink daily", you don't say whether you are talking about reviews on Swanstone or Silgranit, but I'd guess Swanstone. In any case, how much you need to clean a sink, any sink, depends what you've done with it that day. I.e. rinsed a few things, or made barbecue ribs for a crowd? I can tell you that the darker Silgranit colors in particular, like Anthracite and Cafe Brown, show nothing, and it's difficult even to tell when they are dirty.

Here is a link that might be useful: Blanco's information about Silgranit

RE: Composite Granite Sinks Daily Drying and Cleaning?

Shannonplus2- Swanstone also makes a granite composite sink. That being said, I have a truffle Blanco sink and do not wipe it down daily. I spray the debris and suds and off I go.

Here is a link that might be useful: Swanstone granite sinks

RE: Composite Granite Sinks Daily Drying and Cleaning?

My Anthracite Silgrant doesn't show any waterspots, and I most certainly don't wipe it down multiple times per day! That would be way too much fussing for me. My sinks work hard, I cook from scratch multiple times per day, and I just rinse them off with the sprayer and let them dry on their own. Depending on what's been in them (ie raw meat, eggs, batter, etc.) I might wipe them down with a soapy washcloth or spray them with an antibacterial cleaner. They are low maintenance and I like them very much. I highly recommend the Silranite.


RE: Composite Granite Sinks Daily Drying and Cleaning?

Thanks Corgimum. But to put a fine point on it, the Swan Corporation makes granite composite sinks, but they do not call them Swanstone sinks. The company has a sink category which are granite composite sinks, and another sink category which are "Swanstone Solid Surface sinks". You bring up a good point though - the OP may be talking about Swan Corporation's granite composite sinks, not its Swanstone sinks.

There are a few threads I recall where people asked whether it was important, when buying a granite composite sink, to buy Silgranit, or another brand's granite composite sink. I don't think the price difference is significant, especially in the scheme of a kitchen renovation, and I would prefer to go with the market leader which has all the research and patents on its product. Also, Blanco has been shown to have excellent customer service according to the Kitchen Forum's anecdotes of Blanco standing behind its products offering free replacements and the like.

This post was edited by shannonplus2 on Sun, Feb 17, 13 at 20:40

RE: Composite Granite Sinks Daily Drying and Cleaning?

Count me as another one who has the silgranite sink in Anthracite and does not have any issues with water spots- hence no need to wipe it dry daily.
We do have a water softer for the whole house so that may factor into the water spot equation..

RE: Composite Granite Sinks Daily Drying and Cleaning?

Thank you all for your comments. I was referring to Swanstone composite granite sinks, not the quartz/solid surface ones. It seems like the consensus here is that Blanco's Silgranit is the preferred surface. People seem to like the lowered center divider in some of Swanstone's sinks.

RE: Composite Granite Sinks Daily Drying and Cleaning?

happs, addressing your last question, look into sinksetter for undermount sink removal.

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