Ways to Maintain a Console Bathroom Sink
Console sinks are similar to pedestal sinks but with more space underneath for baskets or storage containers. The back of these sinks are typically flush with the wall and have two or four legs that provide support. They can offer a small deck around the sink for soap, toothbrushes, and the like, and some styles even offer a backsplash. The bottom of the sink and plumbing are typically exposed. This design is great for smaller bathrooms since it doesn’t take up as much space as a full vanity design. The legs can be purchased separately from the sink, which also provides design options not available in other sink styles.
Cleaning a Console Sink
Because a console sink also has legs and sometimes cross supports that are sometimes metal, there is more area and different types of materials to clean. Regardless of the materials used to make the sink, gentle and regular cleanings are recommended to keep it looking clean and well maintained.
Porcelain Console Sinks: Non-abrasive or mildly abrasive cleaners are recommended for porcelain while anything acidic is discouraged as it can etch the porcelain. A mild paste of baking soda and water can be whipped up at home and easily clean soap scum from porcelain with no leftover residue.
Stone Sinks: A pH cleanser formulated specifically for stone will produce the best results.
As a general rule, never scrub sinks of any material with abrasive cleaners containing chlorine bleach, ammonia, or hydrochloric acid, and never use steel wool, metal brushes, or abrasive pads. These can damage the finish of the sink.
Cleaning the Legs of a Console Sink
The legs of the console sink are what make it unique and offer certain vintage charm. Keep them sparkling by following these guidelines.
Brass Legs: If brass legs from your console sink have stains or spots, these can be easily removed with good-quality, commercial brass polish. Minor scuffs can be removed with a fine, water-based automotive rubbing compound found at most auto supply stores. Follow this with brass polish for a spectacular shine.
Stainless Steel Legs: This material can be cleaned in the same way you clean a stainless steel sink. Use a cleaner formulated for stainless steel, or you can make your own cleaner using baking soda, water, and vinegar.
Acrylic Legs: These can be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild dishwashing liquid or ammonia-based cleaner. Avoid abrasive scrubs or cleaners as they can scratch the material.
Got That Sinking Feeling?
Whatever your console sink is made of, you can keep it looking like new with just a little attention. If you’re shopping for a new sink, take a look at the wide selection of console sinks offered by Kingston Brass.