Keeping a Clean Kitchen Sink – The kitchen sink has an important role in the kitchen because of all the cleaning, preparations, washing, cutting and other chores in the kitchen. Since the kitchen is used every day to prepare the foods you eat, it is important to keep the kitchen sink clean, fresh and spotless. A clean kitchen sink will provide years of satisfaction and pride.
Cleaning Water Spots from Stainless Steel
Many households have a stainless steel kitchen sink which are great for their value and durability, but like anything else, they can get dirty. Water spots can be cleaned from a stainless steel kitchen sink by soaking a clean cloth with vinegar and lightly scrubbing to remove. You can also use commercial glass cleaners as well for stubborn spots. Ensure to rinse well with water and use a soft cloth to dry the sink. While your at it, this is a great time to clean the kitchen faucet too.
Stubborn Mineral Residues on Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks
Due to the hard water in some locations, mineral deposits can also accumulate. To clean a kitchen sink with mineral residues, try these steps:
- Line the whole sink with paper towel soaked in white vinegar and let them sit for half an hour
- Discard the paper towel
- Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda around the kitchen sink
- Scrub with a non-abrasive sponge as required to remove all traces
- Rinse with water
- Use a soft clean cloth to dry
Other popular methods to clean kitchen sinks without using vinegar are:
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser -the Magic Eraser is nothing short of miraculous for cleaning stains and spots from a kitchen sink.
- Use chlorine bleach or CLR for really difficult stains and mold – usually ok for stainless steel sinks, but may harm composite and granite sinks.
- For those who do not like the smell and severity of bleach, try Kendra’s method on how to clean a white sink without bleach.
- Another great product for cleaning kitchen sinks is Bar Keepers Friend – this amazing product will definitely clean the most stubborn stains from any kitchen sink.
Do you have a Copper Kitchen Sink?
Copper sinks look really great in a kitchen, but they require special care and maintenance to keep their luster and finish looking great for years. For proper maintenance of this type of sink, here are some important cleaning tips to keep in mind.
1. Wipe Sink after Every Use
2. Do Not Allow Water in the Sink to Dry Out
3. Never Use Abrasives on a Copper Kitchen Sink
4. Apply Polishing Wax Occasionally
Video How-To for a Clean Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Sink Cleaning Tips
Cleaning a kitchen sink does not have to be difficult if you are aware of all the options out there for keeping your kitchen area sanitary and looking great. By having a clean supply of soft cloths, sponges and the appropriate cleaning chemicals, a kitchen sink can be cleaned in many ways, using both industrial type cleaners, as well as more organic, environmentally friendly methods.
Here are some additional cleaning tips to keep in mind:
- Dampen a sponge or rug with liquid soap. Flush the sink with water, so that the food residues are drained out. Now, wipe the interiors of the sink with the sponge or rug. Leave for two minutes and then rinse the sink with water.
- After you have cleaned the sink, it is important to rinse the used sponge or rug as well. This is because the bacteria cling to the sponge or rug and stay there, until they are washed.
- After a day’s work in the kitchen, put a tablespoon of fresh baking soda into the drain and then squeeze some lemon juice into the drain. Leave it for a few minutes and then flush the drain with water. By doing this, the drain will smell fresh for the following day.
- It is better to rinse your sink after every use. This will make the sink smell fresh.
- Avoid pouring left over coffee, tea and juices into your sink, because such liquids can cause staining. Instead, put the liquids directly to the drain holes.
- If you have a dual basin kitchen sink, then swap the sides that you use for washing and pre-washing the dishes, every now and then. This will allow the even use of drains.