Sink Cleaning 101August 13, 2014
Kitchen sinks are put under a lot of stress every day. Whether washing fruits, rinsing off that dirty pan, or simply washing your hands, the kitchen sink gets dirty quickly. However, it is not difficult to clean it once it is dirty.
The type of kitchen sink you have will determine how to clean it most effectively. Whether you have a copper sink, brass sink, acrylic sink, porcelain sink or stainless steel sink, this article has got you covered. Simply follow the tips that pertain to your specific sink finish and in no time you’ll be smiling proudly at your gleaming like-new sink!
How to Clean Your Sink – Tips for Sink Cleaning Based on Every Type of Sink Finish
Copper Sinks & Brass Sinks:
To clean copper and brass sinks / tubs, all you need is salt, water and lemon juice. Using a soft cloth, rub down the copper sink with a mixture of salt and water. Add lemon juice as you clean. The surface should transform before your eyes and start to gleam. After cleaning is complete, rinse with cold water and dry completely. If you don’t dry it completely immediately afterward, you will have darkened spots where the water was sitting.
Acrylic Sinks & Porcelain Enamel Sinks:
The only ingredients you need to clean acrylic and porcelain enamel sinks are dishwashing liquid and baking soda. Form a thick paste between these ingredients and wipe the surface with a soft cloth or rag. If your sinks have a yellowish hue, simply soak some towels in vinegar and let the soaked towels sit on the yellowed areas. This will lighten the yellow spots and bring your sinks back to their original shine!
Stainless Steel Sinks:
Stainless steel sinks are very common in kitchens and they tend to get a lot of heavy-duty use. To clean a stainless steel sink, use a sponge and a squirt of dishwashing liquid to rub down the surface. Finish with a round of glass cleaner to remove excess soap residue and to avoid streakiness. Finally, towel-dry to prevent water marks.
Keep in mind that although the focus of this article was on kitchen sinks, the cleaning solutions / methods apply just as well to bathroom or utility sinks.
Let me know in the Comments below if any of these tips have worked well for you, or if you have any secret sink cleaning tips yourself.