How to Care for Vessel Bathroom Sinks
Your beautiful, new vessel sink is installed, and it definitely creates a focal point that is the envy of every guest in your home. The flair and uniqueness are undeniable. Now, how to maintain that gorgeous new addition is just a matter of a daily routine.
What Is a Vessel Sink?
A vessel sink is a basin that sits on top of the bathroom vanity or counter. Another option allows for a portion of the sink to be installed under the counter while the top extends over it. Vessel sinks are available in a number of finishes including glass, porcelain, and ceramic. The shape can vary from a contemporary bowl to a more traditional rectangular shape.
How to Maintain a Vessel Sink
Because a vessel sink sits on top of the bathroom counter or has just a portion installed, rather than being installed under the counter or vanity, there is some opportunity for dirt and grime to accumulate along the outside. Regular cleaning is important to prevent permanent damage from rust, stains, and spots. Wiping down the vessel sink at the end of the day removes any residue left behind from use. Simply wipe both the inside and exposed outside of the sink with a damp cloth to ensure it maintains its beautiful appearance for years to come. Avoid abrasive cloths or cleansers like steel wool or metal brushes as these can damage the finish. Also, avoid leaving soap bars directly on the sink, as this can leave a residue if it stays on for too long.
Glass: Glass vessel sinks don’t absorb stains, so maintenance is fairly straightforward. Just give the inside and outside a wipe down at the end of the day and be sure to remove any chemicals if any are used to clean the sink.
Porcelain or China: Since porcelain is porous, certain substances can attach and stain the sink more easily. Wipe up any residue as quickly as possible to keep it looking new.
Sealing the Vessel Sink
Using a sealant to protect your sink helps to avoid attachment of stains that are harder to remove. The type of sealant will depend on the materials used to make your sink. Coating sealers add a protective layer to porcelain vessel sinks while penetrating sealers seep into pores, which tends to last longer. Choose a sealant made specifically for the materials used in your sink.
Removing Tough Stains
Stains left from cosmetics are usually oil-based, which is a little tougher to remove. A cleaner created specifically for the material your sink is made from may be required for these kinds of stains. Try it out on an inconspicuous area the first time you use it.
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