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Sink Care and Cleaning
March 30, 2012

It is important to keep cleaners and cleaning supplies in the house at all times. Some of these supplies include:

  • Mild soaps and scrubs
  • Mild abrasive cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Polishing cleaner
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Old toothbrush
  • Sponge
  • Latex gloves
  • Micro-cloths

Making sure to rinse out your sink after each use is the key to keeping your sink looking new. Rinsing thoroughly after washing dishes or dumping food down the garbage disposal helps prevent soap or food residue from staining the sink surface. If you have a copper sink, be sure to clear any acidic foods or liquids from the sink immediately. Contact with acidic foods can cause shiny spots or discoloration in the sink.

Every sink has rules about which cleaning products to use. A mild-abrasive cleaner is safe to use on stainless steel, but can damage the surface of bronze or copper sinks. Porcelain is usually easy to keep clean and will generally not stain if it is taken care of properly. Using a mild chlorine bleach cleaner on your porcelain sink every week can help keep it sparkling and sanitized. Be careful not to store sharp or heavy objects in or above stone, porcelain or glass sinks. Even a small spoon can chip and scuff a sink, which can be expensive to fix. A chip in a sink can be a welcome area for bacteria to grow. If you do get a chip or crack, be sure to keep it clean and sanitized until you are able to repair it.