The kitchen in our house had been recently updated when we purchased it a few years ago. The updates included granite countertops and a black composite granite sink, which I loved.
The problem – hard water. We live in an area where the water is pretty hard, and it didn’t take long for my beautiful black sink to start to develop areas that were white and hazy. I tried cleaning with so many different products, but nothing really seemed to work. Whenever the sink was dry, it just looked dirty.
I finally took to the internet (Google has the answers for everything, right?) to see if I could find a solution. Well, not only did I find a solution, I absolutely couldn’t believe how easy it was.
A magic eraser and oil.
Yep, that’s it. And apparently, any oil you have on hand will work just fine (mineral oil, cooking oil, baby oil, etc.).
I happened to find a message board where someone had posted the exact problem that I stated above. Their new, black granite sink was developing a haze that they couldn’t get rid of. There were a lot different suggestions as to how to correct it, but the two solutions that were mentioned most often were the two stated above.
I had both a magic eraser and olive oil on hand, so I decided to give it a try. To say I was impressed is an understatement. After having tried so many different cleaning products, I was amazed that the answer was this simple. I also loved the fact that the oil was a consumable product, instead of a harsh chemical.
Here is the before. Not pretty.
And here is the after. (This was immediately after and not all the oil had absorbed yet, which is why you see a couple of uneven areas.)
This literally only took me a few minutes. Here’s what you do:
- Lightly rub white, hazy areas with the magic eraser. (This really didn’t take much scrubbing at all.)
- Then, pour some oil onto a clean rag (or a few paper towels) and rub it all over your granite sink. I do tend to rub the oil in pretty well, in order to help it initially absorb, but I read of others who just slathered it on generously and let it soak in overnight. So, you can do whatever works best for you.
And that’s it. Done in five minutes.
If you are struggling with your black (or dark colored) granite sink, I highly recommend this method. It is so easy, and now, I won’t have to be embarrassed about my sink when all my family is over for Thanksgiving!
How often you need to repeat this will really depend on how you use your sink, as well as the water in your area.