“What should I use to clean sinks in solid wood kitchens?” Question Of The Week 20.03.16
“What should I use to clean sinks in solid wood kitchens?”
This week our ‘Question of the Week’ was sent in by Hannah in Cardiff, who already has one of our solid wood kitchens, and wanted some tips on cleaning her sink: she’s mindful of avoiding damage to her solid wood worktop and the oak cabinets surrounding it.
“Last month I had a kitchen comprised of your solid wood components installed, and I have to say I’m incredibly happy with it. I am emailing you today to ask if there is any recommended cleaning regime for my sink – I want to be thorough but I don’t want to damage my wooden worktops or kitchen units.”
We are delighted to hear that you have been so happy with your new solid wood kitchen, and hope that you get many years of enjoyment from it.
You haven’t specified what type of sink you have in your kitchen, so we will give you some basic cleaning instructions for the two most common types of sinks used in a kitchen: stainless steel and ceramic.
Cleaning a Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
There are a number of stainless steel cleaning products on the market, but many include chemicals we would not want anywhere near our own sinks. By following the steps below, you can clean any stainless steel sink thoroughly and safely:
- To clean a stainless steel sink comprehensively, start by giving it a quick wash and rinse to remove any food debris.
- Sprinkle baking soda across the entire sink and use a soft sponge to scrub the basin in a circular motion.
- Next, rinse the sink with vinegar, which will react with the baking soda to remove hard water stains, whilst acting as a natural disinfectant.
- Using lemon or orange peel, rub the entire sink to help deodorise the stainless steel and bring out the natural shine.
- Finally, use a paper towel and a small amount of olive oil to buff it to a perfectly shiny finish.
Cleaning a Ceramic Kitchen Sink
Although ceramic sinks are extremely hard-wearing, it is generally recommended that these are cleaned regularly with a mild solution, rather than allowing dirt and debris to build up that then requires ‘deep cleaning’ to remove. We recommend the following tips for cleaning a ceramic kitchen sink:
- Use hot soapy water and a soft cloth to clean the ceramic surface on a regular basis. Avoid using scouring pads or other abrasive tools.
- Mix a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar to help remove limescale and disinfect the sink. Consider using an old tooth brush to clean areas that are more difficult to access (such as a weir overflow).
- Rinse the sink thoroughly and do not allow the vinegar to sit on the ceramic surface for a long period of time.
- For removing tricky stains, consider using a solution consisting of lemon juice and vinegar, which you can apply using a nylon scratch pad.
After cleaning, don’t forget to wipe away any excess water that may splash onto your wooden worktops – you should not allow water to sit on the surface for any length of time.
We hope that you’ve found the above guideline useful; however, if you would like further instructions on cleaning other parts of your kitchen, we recommend reading our ‘How to Clean Solid Oak Kitchen Cabinets’ information guide.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any additional questions regarding the cleaning and maintenance of your new kitchen.
The Team @ Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
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