Kitchen sinks are utilized for a multitude of purposes ranging from food preparation to cleaning projects. Germs, dirt and grime accumulate in the sink basin and also around the faucets. Cleaning a sink properly is important not only to maintain general cleanliness, but to kill harmful germs that could lead to sickness. Cleaning a sink properly is dependent on the type of sink involved as each has its own proper cleaning method.
Type 1: Stainless Steel
Proper rinsing and daily cleaning are essential in maintaining stainless steel sinks. Especially after the use of salts ad acids it is fundamental that one rinses thoroughly to prevent pitting. These elements have the potential to devastate the sink’s finish. Using a mild detergent and a sponge is the best method for daily cleaning. Wipe all surfaces thoroughly, rinse and dry with a soft cloth. For spotting issues, wipe all entire sink with vinegar and a rag.
*Avoid: Bleach, Ammonia, abrasive cleaners and sponges and steel wool as it has the potential to damage the sink’s finish.
For stubborn stains and build-up a sponge and baking soda is the best method. Wet the entire surface area, sprinkle with baking soda and use a wet sponge and cleanse affected areas. Rinse thoroughly and repeat as needed. Mineral stains can be properly maintained in a different manner. Place white vinegar soaked paper towels over the affected area and allow to set. Let paper towels set for 30 minutes for the best outcome. Remove towels, wash surface with a wet soapy sponge, rinse thoroughly and dry.
Type 2: Cast Iron
This particular type of sink benefits best from proper maintenance. After each use it is recommended that one should rinse thoroughly and dry with a cloth. Engaging in a thorough clean one should utilize a wet sponge and baking soda. Scrub the dispersed baking soda over the entire sink surface. Rinse the sink completely ensuring all baking soda residue is washed down.
*Avoid: Abrasive cleaners, leaving dirty dishes in the sink and leaving food stuffs (tea bags, coffee grounds) that could all mark up or stain the finish.
Type 3: Ceramic
A gel or cream cleanser is the best method for cleaning a ceramic sink as it helps to prevent scratches. Repeat this process, using a bit more elbow grease for tough stains. Any remaining stains can be cleaned with a club soda soaked cloth and a little pressure.
*Avoid: Abrasive cleansers
Sink Accessories: Faucets and Handles
For the proper cleaning and sanitation of faucets and handles one should use a sponge and soapy solution. A clean cloth and vinegar can be used to clean left over fingerprints and water spots. For hard to reach areas use a toothbrush, warm water and baking soda; scrub gently and rinse thoroughly.
There are many factors to determine when determining the best method for cleaning a sink, such as sink type and level of filth. The aforementioned cleaning methods will bring about the greatest results. There are a number of options to get the job done well with minimal time spent and minimal effort put forth. Depending on the materials one possesses and the outcome one wants, any of the above steps will get the job done well and done right.