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A dirty sink is not only a health hazard it also says something about its owner. So, in order not to sink in your guest’s eyes, better clean your sink.
Use a good squeeze of multi-purpose liquid or cream cleanser. If you are into alternatives, prepare your own cleaning agent a paste of baking powder and water. A sponge scourer (the softer, ‘non-stick’ variety) is best as it can be flipped over to scrub heavier dirt.
Water spots and rust marks can usually be removed with a little extra cleanser and a bit more effort but if they refuse to budge try giving them a good rub with a soft cloth dipped in neat vinegar.
Exceptions and observations
Stainless steel is the most common material and is very robust, hygienic and easy to clean. But don’t expect new sinks to retain that brilliant shine; accept that they will develop a more muted, matt glow.
Enamelled sinks scratch easily and also chip, so be careful with those heavy pans. Avoid harsh abrasives and scourers and acid-based cleaning products.
Porcelain sinks are unforgiving if you drop anything so be careful. They develop a crazed surface over time which can lead to staining. To freshen them up and remove stains fill with a water and bleach solution and leave for half an hour.
Acrylic sinks should be treated more gently. Don’t use harsh abrasives or scourers. Follow any manufacturer’s instructions.
Composite materials can be cleaned using mild cream cleanser and a soft scourer. For stains follow the manufacturer’s instructions, which may advise the use of a fine abrasive paper.