Kitchen sinks are utilized for many purposes ranging from food preparation to cleaning projects. Germs, dirt and grime accumulate in the sink basin and also around the faucets. Cleaning your kitchen sink properly is important to kill harmful germs that could easily lead to sickness. A clean sink is dependent on the type of sink involved as each has its own proper cleaning method.
Cleaning Stainless Steel Sinks
Daily cleaning is essential in maintaining stainless steel sinks. Thoroughly removing salts and acids is fundamental 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. For stubborn stains and build-up a sponge and baking soda is the best method. *Avoid: bleach, ammonia, abrasive cleaners and steel wool because it has the potential to damage the sink’s finish.
Cleaning Cast Iron Sinks
After each use with a cast iron sink it’s recommended to rinse thoroughly and dry with a cloth. A thorough clean 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.
Cleaning Ceramic Sinks
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
Cleaning Faucets and Handles
Proper cleaning and sanitation of faucets and handles should include 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.
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