Cleaning Solid Surface Farmhouse Sinks
Solid surface sinks, also known as Farmhouse sinks, are made from moldable materials like silicone and powdered stone that take the perfect shape of any mold when hardened. This creates a seamless, single-piece sink that is easy to keep clean whether it’s installed in the bathroom, kitchen, mudroom, or another part of the home. However, scrubbing the material too hard or with the wrong cleaning products quickly takes away the surface shine and leaves it dull. Regardless of the manufacturer or the specific acrylic used for a solid surface sink, these cleaning tips will prevent damage and staining at the same time.
Clean Daily & Immediately After a Spill
Don’t let anything with a staining potential, such as tomato sauce or wine, stand on the surface of the sink for any amount of time. This requires a change of habits for homeowners used to stainless steel sinks that are more resistant to damage from food and drink deposits. Rinse all dishes and the sink whenever residues are added to prevent stains from setting in. At the end of each day, make sure the solid surface sink is at least rinsed clean and wiped with dish detergent or another gentle cleanser if necessary.
Deep Clean Weekly to Remove Oils
To keep the light-colored surface looking its best, plan a weekly deep cleaning with a hard surface cleaner designed for solid surface use. Scrub the surface until no more oily or discolored patches remain anywhere in the sink. After rinsing away this cleaning product, spray on a diluted bleach cleanser and let it stand for at least an hour or two. This sanitizes and brightens the sink without any extra elbow grease. Rinse the bleach away before using the sink again.
Polish Away Scratches, Stains, and Marks
Solid surface sinks that become dingy, lightly stained, or dull-looking are restorable at home since the color goes all the way thorough the thickness of the sink. The sink manufacturers each recommend a different set of tools and products, but most recommend a combination of “soft scrub” cleaning products and special polishing pads. Contact the manufacturer of the particular sink for more help in restoring it at home.
With such an easy cleaning routine and options for deeper restoration, it’s no wonder that solid surface sinks are so popular. Check out what’s available here at Kingston Brass for your kitchen or bath.