Cleaning the kitchen sink may not seem very important in the grand scheme of selling your house, but home buyers put great stock in a shiny and impeccably clean kitchen sink! They will instantly get the impression that the sink is brand new, or has been well cared for.
You can greatly improve the appearance of your kitchen decor by cleaning a tired and stained sink using the proper treatments.
Let your kitchen sink be one less project on the fix-it list that home buyers will use to negotiate the price of your home down.
Read on for diy tips on how to clean your type of kitchen sink.
Cleaning stainless steel kitchen sinks requires a little elbow grease, but the end result is worth the effort. Stainless steel can take a lot of abrasive scrubbing, but try to scrub in the direction of the polish lines in the sink.
Comet, Bon-Ami, and Cameo Stainless Steel cleaners are just a few really good products for cleaning stainless steel kitchen sinks.
Of all the varieties of kitchen sinks, porcelain surfaces are the most difficult to keep clean. Enameled cast iron sinks scuff, stain and chip easily. If you are trying to sell your home, try to keep on top of the cleaning at least every other day. The longer you let the stains set, the more scrubbing you will have to do later.
You don't want prospective buyers to walk into your home and find you desperately scrubbing your sink! I had an old farmer's style enameled cast iron kitchen sink years ago-- what started out as a "love affair" quickly became too much work for me! I'm not sure I want to make that commitment again no matter how much it will enhance my kitchen decor.
Use a non-abrasive cleanser, like Soft Scrub, 409, or a vinegar and water mixture. Wet down the sink with water first. Apply your cleanser according to the instructions on the label. Using a paper towel or soft sponge, scrub the sink. Rinse well.
For tea and coffee stains, wet down the sink and sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of baking soda inside. Scrub with a damp soft sponge. Repeat if necessary.
For stubborn stains, apply a paste of 1 part dishwashing liquid to 3 parts baking soda. Scrub, rinse, and dry.
Corian can take a lot of abrasive scrubbing, even sanding, and look almost like new.
Use an abrasive cleanser like Comet, Ajax, or Bon-Ami, and a scrubber sponge. Sprinkle sink with cleanser than scrub with a wet sponge. Rinse.
For scratches with stains in them, try sanding with 150 grit sandpaper. If that doesn’t work, try a stronger grit, but no more than 400 grit. When finished sanding, buff the sink with the maroon-colored Scotchbrite pad and water. The cracks may still be there, but the dingy-looking stains should be gone.
Use a commercial product like Weiman granite cleaner and polish, Gel-Gloss, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, or a mild solution of dish liquid and water. Granite can also be professionally buffed out to remove hardened stains. You will have to re-seal your sink after this procedure.
For a nice shine, try Orange Glo, Baby Oil, or mineral oil polishing with a soft cloth.
Note: you WONT be able to use your sink for 3 days, so plan accordingly.
You will need: Cosmetic sponge/wedge
Another method for repairing porcelain surfaces is featured below in the video by nnrepair.
The affordable repair kit and supplies can be purchased at nnrepair.com. This company also sells repair kits for a variety of kitchen sinks made of marble, granite and other natural stones, along with engineered surfaces like acrylic, ceramic and fiberglass.
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