How do you keep your sink looking new? - Everything you need to know
Maintaining your sink is something that can be easily forgotten about especially with a busy lifestyle but understanding its needs is almost as important as brushing your teeth. Gently washing your sink after every use with soap and water will prevent dirt buildup and harmful bacteria. Although even with regular cleaning It’s inevitable that eventually, you’ll need to give your sink a deeper clean. The following are some of the best and safest ways to clean so you can avoid any damage.
Before pulling out your cleaning products you’ll need to know what type of sink you have and is it light or dark? It’s important to note that dark sinks show signs of wear and tear more than light sinks and dirt or scum will show up differently on both therefore cleaning techniques may vary. In this blog we’ll be covering the following sink types; Quartz, Fireclay, Ceramic, Stainless steel, and Copper.
Some materials you may need are: a soft sponge, magic eraser, microfiber cloth, baking soda, dish soap, and white vinegar
Quartz sinks are an elegant and beautiful sink option that people love for many reasons. Quartzite or pure quartz is one of the most expensive sink materials, but for good reason. Quartz is one of the hardest materials used in sinks, making it extremely durable. Its high-density and nonporous nature also makes this sink very resistant to dirt and scum buildup. The downside to quartz is that it has a low heat resistance meaning you should avoid pouring boiling water down your sink or be sure to rinse with cold water after straining pasta or anything hot.
For cleaning areas with tough to remove marks, you can create a white vinegar and water solution. Using one part water and one part vinegar gently rub the problem areas. For a stronger clean try a magic eraser in the vinegar solution. Don’t use any harsh cleaners and avoid anything with ammonia since it can cause damage to the quartz.
Fireclay sinks are unique, not only for their stylish farmhouse look but because of their extremely high heat resistance. Being able to withstand up to 2200℉ you won’t need to worry about heat affecting your sink and since fireclay is a strong material made with a special glass finish you won’t need to worry about chipping either. One of the only downsides to these sinks is their weight so if you decide to go with Fireclay be sure to reinforce your sink when installing.
Cleaning Fireclay sinks are quite easy and usually only requires soap and water since it’s naturally stain-resistant but be sure to keep your sink dry after use to avoid spotting caused by water or grease sitting in the sink. If spotting does occur you try using gentle bathroom cleaners or a magic eraser.
Ceramic / Porcelain Sinks
Ceramic and porcelain sinks are one of the most common sink options because of their diversity and affordability. These simple sinks often give your kitchens a high-end look without the price tag that other similar sink materials may have. The density and nonporous nature of these sinks also make them very desirable since they’re fairly easy to maintain.
With regular cleaning, you shouldn’t have any issues with stains. It’s important to note that these sinks are more prone to chipping so avoid throwing heavy cookware in the sink and be cautious when installing. Though the material of these sinks are very durable the protective coating isn’t. If you find yourself needing to get a deeper clean to remove stains from white ceramic or porcelain sinks; fill the sink with one part white vinegar and three parts hot water, leave for 30 to 60 minutes and rinse. This should loosen the stains enough to remove them, avoid anything with bleach since this can ruin the protective coating.
Stainless Steel Sinks
Stainless steel sinks are one of the more durable sink materials. They add a stylish touch to a minimalist kitchen but they’re also very practical. They’re best known for being heat, germ, and rust-resistant making them very low maintenance and perfect for a busy household.
With proper care these sinks usually don’t stain, giving them their name, but If your steel is thinner it can develop hair size marks that can often be removed with dish soap and a soft sponge. If you’re looking for a deeper clean then you can create a paste using baking soda and water which creates a more abrasive cleaner for stuck on food or grease. Avoid using anything that has chlorine, vinegar, bleach, or salt when cleaning since prolonged exposure can cause damage to your sink.
Copper sinks are an option that will never go out of style. They gained their popularity in the 19th century and are still widely used today. Copper is such a staple in an industrial or vintage kitchen because of its elegance and because of its many features. These sinks are heat resistant, unbothered by rust, and don’t easily dent, on top of that it’s also antimicrobial. The one downside to copper is that it’s prone to patina, a thin green/blue layer that can form on the surface due to oxidation. Patina is an inevitable sign of again in copper but this process can be slowed and even reversed.
Keeping your sink dry as often as possible is the best way to avoid this but since water in sinks is inevitable you can also use wax for extra protection. It’s also best to use a copper cleaner every six weeks to keep it shiny and new.
Understanding your sink and its needs are important to keep your sink looking new. Prolonged neglect can cause any sink to show signs of aging but frequent cleaning is the best way to keep your sink looking new for as long as possible.