How to Clean a Farmhouse Sink

Farmhouse Sinks

Farmhouse sinks are incredibly popular right now and create a beautiful look in the kitchen, in addition to being incredibly practical.  If you already have one then you know the perks of being able to easily wash cookie sheets or a large pot, but you may also have noticed that keeping them clean is somewhat different than maintaining a stainless steel sink, most homeowners find it to be far easier.

Your farmhouse sink is made of either fireclay or porcelain.  If you have a fireclay model then your sink will be easier to keep clean because of its increased durability and higher resistance to chipping and scratching.  If you have a porcelain sink you’ll need to use extra care to protect your sink and prevent discoloration or other damage, but in general it should still be easy to maintain.

The most common problem for owners of a farmhouse sink is the appearance of staining or black marks in the bottom.  The best solution for this is to use a sponge and some Soft Scrub to scrub the marks out.  It’s not actually staining but is instead coming from the bottom of the various pots and pans you’re putting in the sink.  These marks will come off pretty easily.  You’ll likely want to do this once a month or so to keep your sink from appearing dirty all the time.

The extremely large size of these sinks can result in food particles getting stuck in the corners and not getting carried down the drain.  It’s recommended that you get in the habit of using the sprayer on your faucet to rinse down the sink after every use.  If you do this on a daily basis it’ll prevent anything gross from lingering in the corners.  Once in a while use some dish soap and your dish scrubber to hit all of the inside walls and corners and you’ll be good to go.

For the front of your sink just wipe it down with a soft, dry cloth to remove any water spots and restore the original shine.  Most people find that an apron front, farmhouse sink is incredibly easy to keep clean and looking beautiful.  Minimal work is required for your sink to look brand new years after installation.

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