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 A stained, scratched, or dingy sink can make the whole room look worn and outdated long before the rest of the house does.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.