The kitchen sink is easily one of the dirtiest places in the house or in a restaurant. If you to learn how to really clean a kitchen sink, the first thing you have to know is that simply rinsing it will not do the job. This may make the kitchen sink look clean – but not germ free. You have to sanitize your kitchen sink. Cleaning is different from sanitizing. Cleaning addresses the cleanliness of the surface while sanitizing makes it both clean and germ-free. For instance, you can clean a white porcelain sink by simply wiping it with cloth — without sanitizing it. Here are a few sanitizing tips:
- Choose a suitable disinfectant for your kitchen sink. You can buy commercial disinfectants, and use it by following the directions indicated on its label. These are usually available in the supermarket, home improvement stores and in online shops. Find one that can be used for your type of kitchen sink. You can also use a solution made of one part liquid chlorine bleach to sixteen parts water for ceramic and cast iron sinks. You can also use undiluted white vinegar on the entire surface of your sink.
- Consider what type of sink you have. There are many types of kitchen sinks, such as stainless steel kitchen sinks, ceramic sinks and cast iron sinks. Thoroughly rinse stainless steel sinks after every use, to clean them and to prevent pitting. Acids and salts can damage the finish of a stainless steel sink, so avoid leaving food residues on the surface. Do not use abrasive cleaners, bleach and ammonia, as well as rough cleaning pads and steel wool pads that can scratch the finish. Mild soap, all purpose cleaners or a glass cleaner and a nylon sponge or smooth scouring pad can be used for cleaning stainless steel sinks.
- Vinegar. To remove spots, use a clean cloth soaked in vinegar to wipe the spots off. To get rid of stubborn stains, wet the entire surface, liberally sprinkle baking soda and work it with a nylon sponge before rinsing off. Remove stubborn mineral residue by lining the entire sink with paper towels soaked in white vinegar, letting them sit for a few minute up to half an hour before scrubbing off with a soapy nylon scrubbing sponge. Finish off by drying your kitchen sink with a soft cloth. Clean cast iron sinks by using baking soda, following the same steps for stainless steel sinks. Avoid abrasive cleaners as well.
- Avoid stains. Avoid stains by not leaving dirty pots, dishes and items like ground coffee, tea bags, and coffee residues in the sink. Use a cleanser in a gel or cream form for ceramic kitchen sinks which will minimize scratching. Do not use abrasive cleaners. For stubborn stains on ceramic sinks, repeated cleaning with a bit more pressure using a clean cloth soaked in club soda will help.
- Faucet and handle cleaning. Clean faucets and handles with a mild soapy solution. For fingerprints and water spots – as well as for sanitation purposes – use a clean cloth soaked in white vinegar to wipe them.
- Clean as you go. The more frequently you use the sink, the more frequently you should clean and sanitize it. This is especially true for kitchen sinks in restaurants, for instance. So clean as you go.
There you have it, a few easy tips on how to really clean a kitchen sink. Remember, you will never really clean a kitchen sink unless you sanitize it.