During our last article, we discussed bathroom cleaning solutions for your bathtub and how to make bathtub cleaning less physically demanding. Now, we’re on to the sink. Not only the basin of the sink, but the counter and faucet, can be difficult to get clean. Here’s how you can limit the amount of effort it takes to clean your sink.
Sinks can be really difficult to get clean. This is especially true if your water is hard and leads to mineral buildup. Mineral buildup can get in the cracks around the drain, in corners around the faucet, and the edge where the sink basin meets the counter. Plus, if your sink is used frequently, water droplets on the counter may not have time to dry and can lead to the counter getting a mineral film on it. A household with many people sharing the same sink exacerbates this problem.
Choose the Right Cleaners
The first step to cleaning your sink effectively is choosing the right cleaners. This is especially true if you grew up in a different part of the country or world. Weirdly enough, bathroom cleaning solutions vary widely depending on where you are. This is primarily because of the type of things in the water.
If you grew up somewhere where there are no minerals in the water, you may be finding it difficult to clean now that minerals are present. If you grew up without minerals in the water, you may not even know there are cleaners specifically for this. Make sure you’ve gotten cleaners made specifically for the type of minerals you’re dealing with. If you’re not sure what’s in the water, a Google search regarding water for your area might yield some results. If not, search the appearance of the buildup and you will likely find some answers. Plus, if you can’t find what you need in stores, you can buy them online.
To make cleaning easier, plugging your sink and filling it with water, as hot as it goes, and letting it sit for 30 minutes will help. This soak will soften anything stuck to the sink basin. You can also include bleach or a concentrated chemical cleaner in the soak.
Do no mix cleaners with bleach. Choose one or the other. Mixing chemicals, especially with bleach, can lead to hazardous and deadly chemical reactions. These reactions may be gas-producing, which may go unnoticed until it’s already affecting you.
Scrub down the sink basin with the rough side of a sponge after you’ve drained it. Scrubbing should be significantly easier after the soak.
Countertops are a bit more complex to prep for cleaning, as they can’t be filled with water. Luckily, we have invented foaming sprays and powders that can clean them very effectively. Sprinkling some of these chemical powders on the surface and then spreading it around with a wet sponge is a great start. Or, if spray is your preference, spray on a foaming spray and let it sit. Both of these, after ten minutes or so, can be wiped away along with the grime on the counter, with minimal scrubbing.
If you have grime buildup around the seam of a drain, it can be really hard to clean with a brush or sponge. Instead, try pouring a bit of concentrated cleaner directly around the seam of the drain. This probably won’t be necessary every time you clean the sink, so it’s worth the extra pour of cleaner. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then return to it with hot water, the rough side of a sponge, and some determination. Toothpicks are also useful if you need something to scrape at it with. Combining these methods can give you a sink that’s sparkling like new.
Bathroom cleaning solutions are easy to put into action yourself. However, if your sink is having trouble draining, leave the maintenance aspect to the professionals. Chemical drain cleaners can corrode your pipes and cause bigger issues down the line. Instead, give us a call if you need more than a little scrub down. POM Plumbing is here to help.