Cleaning the Sink

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/28/2015 - 14:25

Office Cleaning, Cleaning Tips

Cleaning is sort of like a battle. We fight on many fronts; we wage war on hundreds of different kinds of enemies; we have sprays, wipes, sponges, mops, brooms, and thousands of other cleaning supplies that act as our weapons arsenal. Winning the battle means beating the germs and casting an approving eye over a now-sparkling workspace, bathroom, or break room. Losing the battle means allowing germs to take hold of the places we frequent, and that can lead to the spread of disease, a drop in morale, and an overall uncomfortable workplace. It's important to win the cleaning battle, but how you'll win depends on what you're trying to clean, and certain things require more care than others--like the sink.


Whether it's a sink in the bathroom, a sink in the kitchen, or a sink anywhere else in your workplace, you can bet that your sink needs attention. Sinks are prime targets for germs, and it's all because of their purpose. We wash our hands here. We prepare food here. We do a lot here, and we do it all day, every day. In order to make sure that the germs we wash away stay away, we need to take good care of our sinks, providing regular care and applying the proper chemicals and cleaning utensils. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as it sounds. Different types of sinks--different models, different designs, and different materials--require unique care in order to maintain health and cleanliness. Cleaning may be a battle, but cleaning a sink is a war.

The Specifics

So, how do you make sure that your sink stays healthy, clean, and functional? Here's a quick look!

  • Stainless steel. Stainless steel provides a lot of benefits as a sink material, but it also requires special care. Everyday rinsing is crucial to maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of a stainless steel sink. A mild detergent and a sponge are your best friends in this case; just be sure to avoid bleach, ammonia, and anything else that is likely to damage the finish.
  • Cast iron. To maintain a cast iron sink, there are two steps that must be taken. The first is an everyday clean--after every use, rinse and dry. However, the second step is an in-depth clean, applying baking soda and a wet sponge and scrubbing vigorously. Again, you'll want to avoid abrasive cleaners in order to protect the finish.
  • Ceramic. Ceramic sinks are the more finicky of the bunch: they require extra-special care. You'll want to find a cream or gel cleaner, as these help avoid scratches.
  • Attack plan. There's more to consider when cleaning your sink than just the material. Usage, location, previous cleaning schedule, plumbing, and dirtiness level are just a few considerations--and a full-service cleaning company can help you find an attack plan that will get the "cleaning battle" done right.

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