Written by: Elizabeth Porter
Our sinks take a lot of abuse. I admit, I take mine for granted.
From holding dirty dishes to soaking soiled clothing to globs of toothpaste as I rush to get out the door each morning. Those same sinks clean the dishes I eat from every day and are the place I clean my teeth and face.
I asked around to some of our construction team and got some good advice to keep sinks looking model-home clean every day. With just a little know how and a pinch of elbow grease, your sinks to stay looking just as good.
Typically, your home will have two types of sinks; stainless steel in the kitchen and porcelain sinks in your bathrooms. Even though the surfaces are different, the cleaning technique is similar.
Your stainless steel sinks take the biggest load and need the most cleaning.
We recommend a daily wash down. Non-abrasive cleaners are always recommended. Put down the steel wool. Steel scrubbing pads can scratch your sink.
Our construction team loves using Bar Keeper’s Friend for both stainless steel and porcelain sinks. Just slip on a pair of latex gloves, sprinkle some of the powder on your sinks, add a little water and rinse. So simple. Stainless steel sinks show water spots to be sure to dry after you are finished.
For stubborn stains you can try sprinkling baking soda around the spots, adding some white vinegar and gently work the mixture into the surface. This should help lift the spots and scuff marks from the sink. Rinse with cool water and wipe dry.
Once your sink is clean, take a minute more and really make it shine. One favorite is Weiman’s Stainless Steel Cleaner. This aerosol spray cleaner is easy to use and is excellent for removing fingerprints and water spots. You can use paper towels, microfiber cloths or small kitchen towels.
Don’t have any specialty stainless steel cleaner? Try a light coat of baby oil or WD-40. These will keep that sink looking as good as the day it was installed.
An all-purpose cleaner will work here. Spray, sponge around and rinse off. Voila.
Have black marks or scuffs? Grab the Bar Keeper’s Friend powder from the kitchen. Not just for stainless steel sinks, it’s great for porcelain bathroom sinks too.
Over time your caulk may need touch-ups. We recommend white silicone caulk. Dirt will stick to regular caulk but a silicone caulk is sealed and is a better fit for this part of the home.
What are your favorite sink cleaning tips?
If you have ideas on low cost, eco-friendly time saving cleaning tips, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me anytime. eporter@AdamsHomes.com
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