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Sink Maintenance 101

For the number of times that the sinks in your commercial facility get used, you’d think sink maintenance would happen more frequently. But the truth is that kitchen and bathroom sinks often get neglected and end up as a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Here’s everything you need to know about cleaning and maintaining the sinks in your apartment complexes, hotels, and other commercial buildings. 

Stainless Steel Sink Maintenance

There’s a reason stainless steel sinks are so popular for restaurants and other foodservice facilities. They are durable and stand up well to heavy use, and they are easy to clean and maintain. Regular cleaning is still important, though, so here’s how to do it:

  • Use a soft sponge and a gentle soap to wash the sink daily.
  • Baking soda and water combined to form a paste make an easy cleanser to get rid of stuck-on gunk since baking soda is abrasive enough to clean well but not so much that it will scratch the surface. Rinse the sink with vinegar after applying the baking soda to disinfect the sink and remove any hard water stains. If spots remain, add some cream of tartar to the baking soda mixture, scrub, and rinse.
  • Always rinse the sink after applying a cleaner since soaps using chlorides can cause corrosion on stainless steel surfaces. 
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia that can damage the sink’s finish.
  • Always scrub in the direction of the polish lines.
  • Use a few drops of olive oil and a soft, lint-free towel to polish the sink after cleaning and leave it sparkling clean for its next use.

Porcelain Sink Maintenance

Porcelain sinks are beautiful, and they’ve been popular for years. Most recently, apron front sinks have become all the rage in high-end kitchens. Sink maintenance is a little different for porcelain sinks, so here’s how to take care of them and make sure they last:

  • The most effective cleaner for porcelain is the most simple: dish soap and warm water. Use a soft cloth or sponge to wash the sink with warm, soapy water, and then dry it with a soft towel to prevent water spots.
  • Porcelain is prone to scratches and chips, so avoid using sharp metal objects and dropping heavy objects into porcelain sinks.
  • Never allow acidic foods or residue to rest in the sink since they can etch the surface. Always rinse the sink thoroughly with warm water after use.

Superior Commercial Solutions Can Help

Is sink maintenance taking up too much of your time? Superior Commercial Solutions can help! We offer the best bathroom and kitchen sinks for your facility, so maintenance is a breeze. Our sinks come in a wide variety of uses and types, and we also design and install custom cabinets, countertops, fixtures, surrounds, and decor. We are located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and we provide commercial services across the United States from Seattle to New York City and everywhere in-between. See what our team can do for you. Schedule your consultation today!