The saying "everything but the kitchen sink" might also mean that sinks are always the last item to get considered in the kitchen. Not only is it true when choosing your kitchen design and fixture, it also holds true in terms of cleaning and maintenance.
Keeping your kitchen sink clean is not a very interesting chore to do. It precludes washing dishes and pans, and it involves a lot of home spilled food, garbage deposits and possibly bacteria that leave marks if they are left lying there for a long time. Keeping a sink clean to make the kitchen look as good as new is indeed a challenge. And yes, even for the most devout of housekeepers.
Here are some steps to help you make cleaning easy. Who knows, this way it might be a little more fun.
- To be able to do this job, you need the right king of tools. You need a cleaning product, a cloth or scrub, and some rubber gloves for your hands. (Make sure that you have already finished washing all your dishes and pans and put them into your dryer or your cabinets. Make sure there are no items left in the sink or its surrounding areas.) Also, be sure that you are using the right cleansing agent and scrub for the type of material your sink is made of. Remember that some materials do not go with harsh cleansers or rough scouring pads as it might discolor or scratch the surface.
- Use paper towels or a dry cloth to remove any residual food debris, spills or chunks and throw them away. So this leaves you with just the sink itself.
- Moisten the sink with some water, while at the same time washing your scrub clothes. Sprinkle some of your cleaning agent all around the sink basin and let it set for a few minutes.
- Put on your gloves and apply the cloth on the sink surface with small, circular hand motion, taking it one section at a time. Try to rub steadily and firmly in order to help the cleansing agent do its job. Imagine that your basin is divided into several quadrants and move from one quadrant to another until you have completely scoured its entirety.
- Rinse your scrubbing cloth with water but allow the cleanser to continue doing its job as you finish the top area of your sink. Work on the upper section where the knobs and faucets are located as well as the sides. Wipe firmly and rub along corners, grooves and edges to remove all traces of food debris.
- Next, rinse the cloth with warm water, then wipe down the surrounding areas of your sink.
- Now, you are ready to rinse your sink clean. You can begin by rinsing your scrub thoroughly and use it to wipe residual cleanser detergent. You should remove your drain stopper and wash it to as well as the entry opening that leads to your drain. Be careful not to injure your fingers and do not try to force your fingers into the drain. Stick with the surface and the parts that are visible.
- Finally, let hot water do the final finishing. You might need to wet the scrub every now and then and use it to rinse parts of the sink that your tap water cannot reach. Then use a paper towel or an absorbent clean cloth to absorb the rest of the moisture present.