Here are some gentle, inexpensive, and simple routines for cleaning your new IPT sink.
Proper cleaning is the key to maintaining your new stainless steel and copper sinks.
3 Simple Steps In Caring For Your IPT Stainless Steel Sink
- Clean regularly with a mild detergent solution and/or clean water applied with a soft cloth or sponge. Rub gently.
- Rinse and towel dry after every use (to prevent mineral deposits from building up on the surface of the sink).
- Deep clean once a week with a recommended cleanser (be sure to rub in the direction of the finish lines) and a soft cloth or sponge rather than an occasional aggressive single cleaning. Cleaners should state "suitable for stainless steel."
- Do not use coarse abrasive powders, metallic scourers such as steel wool or brushes with metal bristles.
- Do not use the so termed "silver cleaners."
- Do not leave wet sponges, cloths, cleaning pads, rubber mats or dishpans in the sink. This could lead to surface rust or possible pitting.
- Do not leave standing solutions of chlorine bleach and water in the sink for extended periods of time. Always rinse the sink after using such solutions.
- Do not allow liquid soap or other cleansers to dry on the surface of the sink.
Use brands that state "suitable for stainless steel." Inox crème, Zud, Bar Keepers Friend, and Laurence Right Work are some of the most effective. Other effective although less aggressive include Comet, Shiny Sinks Plus, Soft Scrub, and Mr. Clean. For scratches, try a material called Scotchbrite (using very light hand pressure in the direction of the finish).
Please note: Chlorides are found in most all soap, detergents, bleaches and cleansers. Chlorides can be harsh on stainless steel, but because chlorides are very water-soluble they are usually not a problem. THOROUGH rinsing of your sink after each use to remove any chloride residue and weekly deep cleaning will keep your sink in excellent condition.
As with most metallic surfaces, your stainless steel sink will get scratches. These are merely "usage scratches" and over time will blend in with the overall finish of your sink. However, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the appearance of scratches. Use a nylon pad (such as Scotchbrite) with an iron free abrasive polishing compound. Follow the direction of the original polish lines and you can blend out the scratch in a small area. Be careful not to overdo it. If you get too aggressive, you can't go back. You will end up with a bright spot.
Regular routine cleaning can usually prevent lime scale deposits from hard water. Do not allow excessive build up before treating. Soaking in a 25% vinegar solution or a 5% nitric acid solution can treat these hard water spots. Periodically rub with a nylon bristled brush or fine synthetic scourer pad. Then, rinse and towel dry.
If you develop rust marks due to presence of or contact with ferrous (iron containing) materials, swab with a sponge wetted with a dilute (10-15%) solution of nitric acid (HNO3) and follow with routine cleaning. Avoid prolonged contact of ferrous (i.e. cast iron pans) materials with stainless steel. Dilute nitric acid in strengths of up to 20%, is a "friendly" acid to stainless steel. It is the ONLY acid that may be used with no risk to stainless steel.
Care and Maintenance of Your Copper
Cleaning - Caring for our copper bowls is surprisingly easy and virtually maintenance free. For basic cleaning simply use a mild soap and water. There is no need for any special type of cleaners or polishes for your copper. AVOID using any abrasive materials or harsh chemicals on or around your copper – these may harm the surface and the finish of your sink.
Hard Water - If you have hard water in your area, keep your copper sink and drain clean and dry by wiping it down with a soft cloth after every use to avoid spotting. Hard water will affect copper as it would any other type of metal, and it will be difficult to remove these spots after they etch the finish.
Acidy Foods - DO NOT leave any acid based foods on your sink for ANY prolonged period of time such as tomatoes, oranges or lemons. The acid in these foods may produce a shiny spot on your finish. If this does happen, we recommend you immediately clean the spot with soap and water and wait for the finish to recover its patina – the copper will continuously ages with time and any spots such as these will blend back in with the rest of the finish.
Protecting the Finish - Another easy step in maintaining and protect the finish of your sink is a periodic waxing. This will help maintain the luster and provide better water runoff and will also help protect from hard water minerals. A good rule of thumb would be twice a month; depending on how much the sink is used. Any cheap furniture polish, such as Pledge will do the trick. Or for even more protection you could use any type of furniture wax; the very best product to use is "Renaissance Wax"
We hope that you are pleased with your copper sink. We are sure you will enjoy this fine piece of hand made craftsman ship for years to come. Please contact us if you have any other additional questions. Thank you again for the purchase of our product.
Care & Cleaning- Vitreous China Bowls
Our vanity bowls are virtually maintenance free and require very little up keep. But day-to-day clean will insure an elegant look for a life time.
For day-to-day cleaning- Rinse thoroughly and use a soft cloth to wipe the product dry after each use. Wash with warm water, a soft cloth, and a mild detergent such as dish soap, Mr Clean, or any general bathroom cleanser or multi surface cleaner.
More Stubborn Stains- Soft abrasive cleaners may be used when necessary; the use of any powdered detergents such as Spic & Span, on a damp sponge or scouring pad of nylon would be suitable
****Never use any harsh or strong abrasive scouring powders, cleansers, or pads as they tend to create microgrooves that dull the finish and allow dirt to work into the surface. Use of cleaning products containing calcium hypo chlorite (chlorine) or any other reactive chemical shall constitute improper maintenance****