FCS5232-07 Keeping it Clean: Cleaning Your Sink1 Mary N. Harrison2 1. This document is FCS5232-07, one of a series of the Family Youth and Community Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Original publication date June 2002. Revised November 2005. Visit the EDIS Web Site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu. 2. Mary N. Harrison, professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Larry Arrington, Dean Supplies Needed Dishwashing detergent Sponge or soft cloth Baking soda Daily Rinse your sink out each time you use it. Cleaning Tips Keep your sink clean. Leaving foods in your sink can cause stains that are hard to remove. Keep porcelain clean with a nonabrasive cleaner. The glass surface on porcelain can be damaged with gritty materials. Damaged porcelain stains more easily. Stainless steel sinks can be stained by drops of water that dry on the surface. After using your sink, dry it out with a sponge or dishcloth that has been wrung out. To remove water spots or other stains, use a fine grade of steel wool or a mild abrasive cleaner. Leaky faucets create stains from mineral buildup and cost you money for the water that is wasted. Have the faucets fixed immediately. Keep the drain strainers in place. They keep small particles from going down the drain and clogging the sink.