Last updated on December 31st, 2017 at 09:08 am
Soapstone is a metamorphic, non-porous rock composed principally of talc, magnesium, silicate and chlorate. Soaprock is a stain-resistant surface, and thus is relatively easy to maintain, which explains why a lot of luxury kitchen counters are made with it. But what about cleaning our whiskey stones, do they get dirty? Is it recommended to scratch it after each use to deep clean it?
Whiskey stones do not get dirty easily as their surface is non-porous. But soaking them in your whiskey, or any alcohol or that matter, for several minutes will indeed make them dirty enough to need a quick wash.
How To Wash Whiskey Stones?
Whether your whiskey stones are made of granite, soapstone, gold or stainless steel, the washing and cleaning methodology is pretty much the same. Just like you would do with your cutlery, you just have to wash it with some dishwashing liquid and warm water, rinse it and leave it to dry naturally.
We do not recommend putting your stone-based whiskey rocks in a dishwasher as stones do not need so much washing time, the quicker the better. Whiskey chilling cubes and balls made from a stone are stain-unfriendly so they are every easy to clean, even when you think you stained them.
Periodic Care & Maintenance
Quality soapstone and granite will last for a long long time, but if you want your whiskey rocks to age well, you should look after them like you look after your watch. It does not require heavy repetitive chores, but simply some care given every now and then, depending on how often you are using them.
Mineral Oil Is Your Stones’ Bestfriend
Before you get started, you should buy one quality product that will make your whiskey stones last longer and look better. Mineral oils effectively clean, degrease and shine soapstones, granites and most high-end stones surfaces. Try to always go for a mineral oil free from petroleum and alkyphenol surfactants.
However, mineral oil is not sealing or protecting the stone in anyway, it is only accelerating the natural darkening process.
The one we particularly recommend is Better Life Take It for Granite as it does not cost much ($10) and will last you a long long time. Your whiskey stones will be shining like the rock stars they are. This product does not need rinsing and does not leave a residue, which makes it very convenient to use regularly.
During the first months of using them, your should do the maintenance routine every month if used rarely, or every two weeks if used regularly. This will improve the whiskey stone oxidization so it darkens evenly over time. After a year or so, it should be done about every two or three months depending on the quality of your stone and how good it evolves.
How to Use Mineral Oil To Clean Whiskey Rocks?
Easy! In very few steps you will get your beautiful whiskey stones back to their original state. You will need your mineral oil, a soft cloth and a towel; a soft sponge is also useful sometimes.
Simply pour a tiny bit of your mineral oil on your soft cloth and rub your whiskey stones with it, gently. Remember that soapstone and granite are non-porous and impermeable, so you will need to wipe away the excess with your sponge or towel.
You should not do it every time you use your whiskey rocks, it would be counter-productive. Instead, simply wash them, as detailed previously.
How To Remove Scratches On Stones?
You must absolutely avoid scratching your stones, regardless of the material or metal they are made from! Even the most luxurious stones will look average when scratches. Plus, severe and deep scratches are not easy to fix in whiskey rocks, cube and balls.
If they are metallic, you should probably just buy new ones. If they are made of granite, ceramic or soapstone, you can use fine sandpaper 3M Sandpaper and gently go over the scratch using a smooth, circular motion. Use a wet sponge to remove the dust and add some mineral oil and rub it all over.
Scratching using sandpaper will remove the mineral oil previously applied, so never forget to reapply mineral oil after every sandpaper use.