How to clean a kitchen sink – and make it sparkle

It gets so much daily use that knowing how to clean a kitchen sink is crucial for excellent kitchen hygiene and a smart-looking room.

It’s important to be aware of what the kitchen sink is made from for optimum care, although there are many products that can be used across different types to freshen them and maintain their appearance.

How To Clean A Stainless Steel Sink

Stainless steel is so called because it resists rusting not because marks won’t show up on a sink made from this material.

How To Clean A Ceramic Sink

Many homes have a ceramic sink and while these can stain easily, cleaning a kitchen sink made from this material is easy. 

’Clean regularly with hot, soapy water and a soft cloth,’ advises Paul Illingworth, design manager at Abode(opens in new tab). ‘This is much easier and more suitable for the sink finish than infrequent heavy cleaning. Use a soft or microfiber cloth and a 50 per cent mix of water and white vinegar to remove limescale deposits. Rinse thoroughly after and do not leave the vinegar in contact with the surface. A nylon scratch pad or toothbrush can be used on difficult areas. 

‘Dry the sink after use to delay future buildup and always rinse the sink with water after cleaning or preparing food. 

‘Never use the following: spray cleaners, scouring pads, scouring powders, scouring liquids, bleach and highly concentrated drain cleaners containing hydrochloric or sulphuric acid or similar.’

How To Clean An Enamel Or Porcelain Sink

What about cleaning a kitchen sink made from enamel or porcelain? ‘Similar to ceramic, an enamel or porcelain sink is so easy to clean using a few ingredients you already have at home,’ says Lucy Searle, global editor in chief of Homes & Gardens

‘To start, make up a mix of half water and half white vinegar. Moisten a soft cloth with the solution and give the sink a thorough clean. Rinse with water then attack tough stains with a little baking soda and water paste. Use an old toothbrush and work directly into the stain. Rinse once more and use half a lemon to finish off for a great fresh smell.’

How To Clean A Corian, Granite Or Quartz Sink

Known as solid surface or composite sinks, these are all different in the way they react with cleaning products and pantry solutions. 

For granite or quartz, make up a paste of baking soda and white vinegar then rub into the sink’s surface using a soft cloth. Rinse with water and dry with a cloth. Rub a little olive oil into the sink and leave for a few minutes before wiping off with a piece of kitchen towel. 

Corian sinks can be cleaned by sprinkling some baking soda directly into the sink. Use a cloth or toothbrush to remove any stains then pour a little white vinegar into the sink and leave to fizz up. Rinse with water and finish by rubbing a cut lemon around the surface then rinse again.

How To Clean A Fireclay Sink

Fireclay is much more resistant to abrasions and cleaners than enamel so you can be bit rougher with it. Rinse it with water and dry. Sprinkle some baking soda on to a cloth or sponge and scrub. Add some white vinegar to the sink and leave it to fizz before rinsing. Wipe with a kitchen towel and, every month, apply some natural liquid wax using a soft cloth, as this will help to seal the sink and make liquids flow down the drain more easily.

How To Clean A Copper Sink

These metallic designs look stunning but cleaning a kitchen sink made from copper demands care because it can become damaged. The takeaway? Don’t use anything too harsh or abrasive. To clean, just mix mild soap with clean water and gently rub with a soft cloth.

What Is The Best Thing To Clean A Kitchen Sink With?

A mixture of mild dish soap and water is the best way to clean most sinks, particularly those with more delicate surfaces like copper or enamelled cast iron.

How Do I Deep Clean My Kitchen Sink?

To deep clean a kitchen sink remember the one-to-two ratio: one part baking soda to two parts white vinegar. First place the baking soda down the drain, followed by a slow pour of white vinegar. Wait 15 minutes for the bubbling duo to do its thing, then wash away with boiling hot water to rid the drain of any remaining residue.

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