Care and Maintenance

How to Care for Moku Stone Basins

Every Moku stone bathroom basin requires proper cleaning and care to keep it fresh and prolong its natural beauty. While natural stone basins are porous, Moku stone basins are supplied with a penetrative stone sealant that provides a high level of protection against water and other liquids. But just like ceramic and porcelain basins, stone bathroom basins deserve careful maintenance.
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First Things First

Make sure you have read and understood the product manual and the warranty terms and conditions that come with your Moku basin. Make sure to avoid invalidating the warranty or damaging your basin due to improper treatment or use.

Regular Care for a Stone Bathroom Basin

Clean the basin daily or after each use with warm, soapy water using a soft cloth or sponge. Always use non-abrasive and PH-neutral detergent and warm water. Remember to rinse it and wipe it dry right after. To protect the sealant used to waterproof the stone basin, never use scourers or other abrasive cleaning agents that could damage, stain, dull, or scratch the surface of the basin. Note also that acids and alkalis may destroy the water repellant seal and polish layer. Resealing the basin at least once a year is recommended for continued protection against liquids and moulds. Use a suitable sealant, which is readily available from a reputable stone care merchant and easy to apply.

How to Remove Mould on a Stone Basin

If the sealant on your stone basin is not well-maintained and mould grows on the stone surface, use any of the ways below to remove the mould and restore the look of your stone basin before resealing again. Before cleaning, dampen the basin so the mould spores are not carried through the air. It is very important to use safety gear whenever using chemicals, so wear goggles, a mask, and rubber gloves when you do.

1. USE SHREDDED PAPER AND HOT WATER.

* Tear some white paper and place the shredded pieces in hot water. * Wait for the paper to soften, then crush the shreds into a pulp. * Spread this on the mould. The moisture will be absorbed by the stone, loosening the mould. * The paper will dry out, then it will drain off moisture from the stone and absorb the mould. * After the mould has been absorbed, remove the paper.

2. USE CHLORINE BLEACH WITH WATER.

* Combine 1 part of bleach with 10 parts of water. (Be careful not to use too much bleach as this could damage the basin.) * Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply on the mould. * Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then spray on the same area again. * Use a scrub brush to remove the mould. * Rinse the basin with water.

3. USE AN ANTI-MICROBIAL SPRAY.

* Use a generous amount of anti-microbial surface spray on the mould to inhibit its growth. * When you see a coating form around the mould, soak a rag with the spray and rub away the mould with it. Once you have successfully removed mould from your Moku stone basin, you can apply a sealant to the basin to prevent moisture from getting into the stone and causing mould again.

Extra Tips for Stone Basin Care

SPILLS: Avoid spilling liquids that might contain a bit of alcohol on your basin (e.g., aftershave, perfume, some hand soaps). Make sure you blot spills right away with a kitchen towel or clean cloth; blot and do not wipe as wiping will spread the spill. Even toothpaste or oil-based cosmetics, when left to dry on the basin, could affect its surface. SURFACE DEPOSITS: Do not allow surface deposits to build up, such as powdered detergent, salts, standing water, and limescale. STAINS: Flush the affected area with plain water and mild soap. Rinse several times then dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. Repeat the process if needed. If the stain persists, call a stone-care professional. SCRATCHES: Avoid placing heavy or sharp objects, heated items, and other things that could damage or scratch the basin surface. LEAKS: Always fix leaks immediately around the basin area to prevent limescale.
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