• Deb Reardon

Keep your Kitchen sink in good condition

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How to look after your sink.

Most Kitchen sinks are made from stainless steel. There are grades of stainless steel, and this affects the durability and integrity of the sink over time.

It pays to check the gauge of the stainless steel when considering which sink to order. We recommend 18/10 304 stainless steel as a guide.

Over time your kitchen sink will start to show damage from hardened metal utensils, pots & pans and knives inadvertently dropped into the sink. Choosing a sink with the recommended gauge of stainless steel, will ensure that your sink can better withstand the rough and tumble of kitchen use.

Over time your sink will develop a certain unique finish or patina as its use shows. You can protect your sink with baskets and protectors. Ask your kitchen designer about these sink accessories.

Here’s four simple steps to keep your sink in good condition over the years.

1. To prevent food stains and chemicals causing changes to the surface of your sink. Use fresh water rinse the sink out and grab a cloth and give it a wipe over, after use.

2. After the last washing up of every day, clean your sink thoroughly.

Thoroughly rinse & wipe the surface with fresh water and a cloth & with a small amount of soft detergent over the surface, rinse with fresh water and dry off.

3. If you see staining or marks beginning to appear, use a soft cloth with baking soda and vinegar or lemon & wipe carefully until marks disappear, rinse off with clean water and towel dry.

4. Once a month give your sink a birthday clean. Use a specialised stainless steel polishing cream on a soft cloth and rub over the surface of the sink and into the corners. Rinse with clean water and towel dry.

Try to avoid scratching & other damage by following these steps:

Use a bowl protector or drainer basket inside the sink, especial if you are doing something that’s likely to scratch your sink. Something as simple as an old T towel laid on the bottom of the sink when say for instance draining shellfish will stop an inadvertent bump or scratch.

Be very careful with large knives, these dropped into a sink at the right angle can pit the bottom of your nice new sink. Place hard utensils softly into the sink at a more horizontal angle. Never throw utensils into a sink.

Always use soft cloths or sponges, never use a wire scourer or wire brush to clean your sink.

Don’t use harsh chemicals either, like spray & wipe products.

Stick to environmentally friendly bicarbonate soda or the like & vinegar or lemon juice.

If you must use a bleach or harsh chemical for hygiene reasons make sure you rinse it off thoroughly with fresh water, because while stainless steel is a wonderfully durable product, it can still be penetrated by very harsh chemicals that will undermine the surface shine. So, rinse thoroughly with fresh water & dry off.

Don’t leave food scraps or dish cloths laying on your sink, these can cause stains or pits in your sink as they release their chemicals and this may affect the shine over time.

Hang your cloth up to air and keep your sink clean & dry between uses and it will look like new for a very long time.

What causes the small marks to form on my sinks' surface?

Often these marks are limescale deposits caused by hard water. The limescale gathers dirt, making the marks visible. Small marks can also result from iron and rust particles washing from your water pipes if they are very old or galvanised, or from cast iron pans sitting in your sink. Marks can also result from bleach, salt and citric acid sitting on your sinks' surface. All marks are easy to clean with a damp, soft cloth or gentle vinegar or lemon-base cleaner. Rinse with clean water and towel dry after cleaning.

How can I stop marks forming on my sink?

Rinse your sink clean after every use, and wipe it dry with a soft cloth or towel. If a mark appears, don’t be tempted to scrub it away. Wipe it with a damp soft cloth and gentle cleaning agent or apply a stainless-steel polish.

Why has my stainless-steel sink scratched, after only a few weeks of use?

Hardened metal utensils, food processor blades, and pots and pans will slightly scratch your sinks' surface.

Over time, with normal use and wear, the scratches appear to vanish as your stainless-steel sink develops its own unique finish.

Is my stainless-steel sink rust proof?

Yes. Stainless steel is engineered not to rust. Any rust marks that appear on your sinks' surface are typically transferred from other metals that have touched your sink. Should this occur, remove the mark by wiping the sink with a damp soft cloth or applying a non-abrasive stainless-steel polish. Don't leave scourers sitting on the sink or trays surface as as these scourers deteriorate with water & air they can leave stains that can be difficult to remove behind.

How can I clean my basket strainer?

Your basket strainer works hard to prevent your sink from clogging, but it does mean that it will soil and may discolour over time. To clean your basket strainer, combine a level teaspoon of dishwashing powder with 250 ml of boiling water and pour over the closed strainer. Leave the solution to work and then rub with a soft cloth. Open the basket strainer to drain, and then remove the strainer and wipe the drain cup.

Want to know more, get in touch and we can recommend the best sink for your new kitchen.

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