General Care of Kitchen Sinks
Today, kitchen sink bowls come in many different materials.
Although enameled cast iron remains an attractive and durable product,
many people today are choosing bowls made of stainless steel, and other
solid surface materials for their added durability and stain resistance.
Bowls are available in Corian, Moenstone, Swanstone,
Surrell, and others. The important thing to remember is to follow the
manufacturer's instructions pertaining to the material of which your bowl
is constructed. With some of the solid surface materials, scratches can
be removed when lightly sanded because the color goes throughout the thickness
of the material.
To prolong the life and appearance of enameled cast
iron sinks, clean the bowl immediately after use. Use a non-abrasive
cleaner. Constant use of abrasive cleaners can eventually
wear the finish down, making it much more porous and susceptible to stains.
This can also happen with enameled, cast iron tubs over a long period.
Don't allow fruit or vegetable juices or cleaning
acids to stand on surface. An acid-resisting sink will safely resist lemon,
orange, and other citrus fruit juices, tomato juice, mayonnaise, and other
vinegar preparations if these are not permitted to remain more than a
few hours. A regular enamel finish is not impervious to acids.
Teas and coffee grounds will also stain enameled surfaces,
if allowed to remain very long. Photographic solutions are even more harmful
to enamel, and the amateur photographer should not be allowed to use the
sink, because a fixture once damaged in this way can never be corrected.
When cleaning the sink, use hot water and soap. Water and soap are not
as hard on the enameled finish as strong cleaning solutions like washing
soda or a gritty abrasive. If a cleaner is used, it should be one that
specifically states that it is non- abrasive.