Your kitchen sink is one of the most used, and often most neglected part of the house. From food grime to harsh chemicals, it is frequently exposed to germs, bacteria, and damaging liquids, making it odorous, porous, unsanitary and unsightly. This can result? A sink that needs to be replaced, costing you time and money.
Thankfully, you can avoid the price and headache if you take the time to look after your kitchen sink from the beginning. Proper care is much cheaper and it means that your kitchen sink will last for years (or even decades) while still looking beautiful and clean. Here are four tips to help you look after your kitchen sink.
Clean stainless steel sinks with baking soda
Stainless steel sinks are very popular, but they are also quite hard to clean as spots of water and dirt show up easily. This can make the sink look dirty even if it isn’t, but you can make your sink look brand new by sprinkling baking soda across the bottom of the sink. Then all you need to do is gently rub an old toothbrush across the surface to remove any stains, and then you can rinse with warm water – simple!
Don’t put the wrong things down the drain
There are some things that shouldn’t go down the drain as they can damage the pipes and the plumbing; this includes things like cooking oils, meat, grease, and lard. All of these things can gather together in the pipes to form a big clump, increasing the chances of the pipes breaking or a raw sewage back up in your home.
Protect the sink from becoming scratched or damaged
You can protect stainless steel sinks from future scratches by putting a plastic mat in the bottom, as this will add an extra layer of protection. Alternatively, if you have a porcelain sink you can protect it by washing away any acidic foods or liquids (such as fruit or vinegar), as long-term exposure can stain the sink.
Give porcelain sinks an extra shine
You can get your porcelain sinks back to their bright, white color by lining the sink with paper towels that are damp with bleach. Take the damp towels out after 10 minutes or so to check on the progress, but make sure not to leave them on for over half an hour so that you don’t accidentally damage your sink. This will help to remove the stains and discoloration, making your sink look like it is brand new again!
Your kitchen sink can last for decades if it is looked after properly – but if you don’t look after the sink and you put the wrong things down the drain, it may need replacing within a few years.