Top Sink Cleaning Tips - Just in time for a Spring Clean

 

It’s a good saying and it rings true even for looking after your kitchen sink; prevention is better than cure.  Here are a few things that you should consider to keep your sink looking ship shape.

Although good quality sinks are built to last, simple things such as rinsing, so that it’s free from any residue, will help to maintain it.  This is especially the case for stainless steel models as liquids such as fruit juice, salt and vinegar can cause pitting and corrosion if left for a long period.

It’s also worth applying a bit of common sense; try to avoid dropping things and especially heavy items from a great height into the sink to avoid impact marks. And this might also be a bit of a no brainer, but don’t use your drainer as a chopping board. You should also let pans cool before placing them in the sink.  This particularly applies to ceramic sinks as this action could lead to a cracking of the surface. Materials such as composite are built to withstand much higher temperatures.

Are you still attached to your plastic bowl?  Now is the time to break off the love affair. Placing a plastic bowl inside the sink can actually cause more harm than good.  For instance, in stainless steel sinks dirt can become attached to the plastic bowl and this can then scratch the bowl.  You’re better off investing in purpose built basket accessories which sit inside the sink.

The best way to keep your sink clean on a day-to-day basis is simply with hot soapy water, followed by a pat down with a soft clean cloth. You may also want to use special cleaners, but take care with which ones you use.

Cleaning

 

For composite and ceramic sinks, look for a mild abrasive cleaner with maximum 5% bleach and use a non metallic pan scrubber to rub it down. To remove stubborn stains on composite sinks, you can try an overnight soak using diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) or diluted biological washing power.  If your ceramic sink picks up any grey marks (from pans, cutlery or aluminium pans) don’t fear; this can be removed with a mild abrasive cleaner (again no more than 5% bleach).

Limescale is often one of the most common issues when cleaning composite sinks.  This can be tackled by applying 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water, or by using the product Limelight or our cleaner Astraclean.

Alternatively if you have a stainless steel sink, the key thing is to avoid bleaches with hypochlorite.  Here’s a tip too; use Bar Keepers Friend to maintain matte and brushed versions and Shiny Sinks for polished style stainless steel sinks.

Whilst most people will only use their sink for cleaning and food preparation, it’s worth mentioning some of the chemicals that you need to avoid.  If you have a composite sink, avoid strong chemicals and alkalis such as ammonia, caustic soda, paint strippers, brush cleaners and nail varnish removers.

Astraclean

 

If you get overwhelmed with the choice of cleaners available, you could try our tried and trusted cleaner Astraclean, specially formulated for composite sinks but also great for ceramic and stainless steel. It dissolves limescale, removes grease, kills germs and bacteria, is fully biodegradable and smells nice and fresh too.

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