Archive for June, 2010
We’ve already talked about how to prevent and manage clogs in your kitchen sink, now it’s time for us to give you a few simple drain-cleaning tips so that your sink stays clog free and smelling fresh!
1) Run very hot tap water through the drain every few days.
This helps eliminate foul odors and can also melt some materials that may be causing drain backup. However, always remember to avoid running warm water when using the garbage disposal and never dump fatty liquids into the sink. See our previous blog on Preventing Clogged Drains for more details.
2) Use baking soda and lemon juice to eliminate odors.
Pour a tablespoon of baking soda and a 1/4 cup of lemon juice down your drain and let stand for half an hour about once a week to help absorb and destroy odor. Run hot water for several minutes afterwards to clear out the debris and wash away any smelly residue.
3) Use baking soda and vinegar to break up unpleasant clogs.
Follow the same steps as before except replace the tablespoon of baking soda with a 1/2 cup of baking soda and the 1/4 cup of lemon juice with a 1/2 cup of white vinegar. The chemical reaction caused by mixing the basic baking soda with the acidic vinegar is a cheap and natural way to help break down simple clogs.
4) If natural solutions don’t work, try a store bought drain cleaner.
For tougher clogs a store bought drain cleaner may be the only answer. Make sure to avoid any chemicals that will harm your sink’s enamel or plastic piping. See our blog on Kitchen Sink Care for more information about preventing sink scratches and stains.
5) Finally, if all else fails, call a plumber.
If you’ve got a clog that can’t be broken or an odor that can’t be tamed, give your plumber a ring. That’s what we’re here for after all!
Kitchen sinks are not just utilitarian pieces of equipment anymore. We not only want our sink to do its job, we also want it to look nice and help improve the overall visual aesthetic of our kitchens. A stained, scratched, or dingy sink can make the whole room look worn and outdated long before the rest of the house does. By learning how to take proper care of your sink you can assure that your kitchen, and your whole house, stay looking fresh and new for as long as possible.
Kitchen sinks today are available in many more materials than they used to be. Though enameled cast iron remains a good option, many people are choosing to go in the direction of stainless steel and other more durable surfaces. No matter what material you choose, always remember to hold on to the manufacturer’s pamphlet that comes with it. This is the best way to find safe cleaning instructions specific to your particular sink.
If you do have an enameled cast iron sink, clean the sink immediately following use with a non-abrasive cleaner such as baking soda or a special store bought product. Using the wrong type of cleaner can wear down the enamel, making your sink more susceptible to scratches and stains.
Unless you have a specific acid-resistant sink, never allow fruit juices, mayonnaise, citrus products, vinegar, or other acid based liquids to sit on the surface for too long. Like abrasive cleaners, if used too often acidic materials can quickly wear down the enamel on your sink. Similarly, coffee grounds and tea leaves should also not be allowed to sit on the surface for too long, as they are the most common cause of unattractive stains.
And remember, the safest and easiest way to clean your sink is also the simplest. Hot water and gentle soap are always available and always a good option for keeping your sink beautiful.
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