02 April 2009

How to clean a new sink


I get asked about how to clean new sinks all the time and here are some pointers from our friends at Kohler.

For stainless steel
  • Clean stainless steel at least once a week.
  • Always apply stainless steel cleaner/polish with a nonabrasive cloth or sponge, working with, not across, the grain.
  • Do not use steel wool, wire brushes or abrasive sponge pads.
  • Cleaners containing chloride are not recommended. If used, rinse the surface immediately to prevent corrosion.
  • Most stainless steel products will scratch from everyday use. However, these scratches will blend over time to create a unique finish.
For vitreous china and fireclay
  • Rinse thoroughly and use a soft cloth to wipe the product dry after each use.
  • Soft abrasive cleaners may be used when necessary to clean KOHLER® vitreous china products. Strong abrasive cleaners will scratch and dull the surface.
For cast iron
  • Rinse thoroughly and use a soft cloth to wipe the product dry after each use.
  • In the rare occurrence of stubborn stains, use abrasive cleaners sparingly.
  • Do not use steel wool, wire brushes or abrasive sponge pads.
  • Be careful not to leave dirty dishes, coffee grounds, tea bags or other staining materials in contact with the enamel surface for extended periods of time.
  • Consider kitchen sink accessories such as bottom basin racks and rinse baskets to help protect the surface from scratches.
Good pointers, and I'll add that all you need to clean sinks or any plumbing fixture for that matter, is soap and water. No job's too dirty for Fels Naptha and that my friends, is how I roll.


4 comments:

  1. Paul you realy should have made a funny video with this post ;)

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  2. Hmmmm. I may make one tonight to use as an announcement for my contest winner. We'll see. I'm glad you like them though!

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  3. I like Barkeeper's Friend for all kinds of cleaning jobs. It cleaned the pebbled plastic floor of my tub when no other cleaner was successful. (Got rid of tub 3 years ago).

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  4. I'm pretty keen on Barkeeper's friend too. I have this house's original porcelain kitchen sink and original enameled iron tub. These things have been in continuous use for nearly 100 years and no one would ever refer to them as being pristine. That's OK, I love them anyhow. I'm telling you though NOTHING cleans old enamel and old porcelain like Bar Keeper's Friend. I like to scrub my pots out with it from time to time too. It shines them up good as new.

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