Utility sinks are one of the most overused parts of a house that’s why they are built to be sturdy and are made of the most durable materials. Some have also been designed to be scratch-resistant to some degree. However, wear and tear aren’t the only factors that could lead to a sink being an eyesore. Maintaining a utility sink isn’t just about making sure that it doesn’t break, or bend, or crack. It also includes making sure that the sink functions as it should and even look like how it should when it’s ready to do the job it should.
For example, a kitchen sink isn’t just where homeowners wash the dishes. It’s also wear veggies or fruits are given a rinse before being cut or eaten. However, if the sink is dirty, then it wouldn’t be hygienic to wash veggies or fruits there. Nor will a utility sink at the laundry area be much use if it is lined with soap scum and lime residue because there’s no point using it to soak linen if the sink itself isn’t clean.
This article has been written to list the ways to take care of utility sinks and keep them in good shape, literally and figuratively.
1. Don’t drop anything heavy on it
This should take plain common sense. Of course, if you dropped a heavy object on anything, it’s possible that the material will dent or even break as impact happens. The material can only take so much weight and might give way when pushed to the limit.
It’s likely that this wouldn’t happen anyway because people won’t be lifting mossy garden rocks and putting them in a sink for a hosedown. But it’s better to put the reminder out there in case someone “forgets”.
2. Keep it clean
The basic premise is that minerals, chemicals and components can breakdown the material which makes up utility sinks. The goal is to make sure that these do not stay on your sink long enough to leave their mark and the way to do it is by keeping the sink clean and dry.
The proper habit is to give the sink a good bath or even just a good rinse and then give it proper ventilation. In this way, stains may be avoidable and decomposition of the sink is delayed.
3. Care as appropriate
There are also some considerations to be made when getting the cleaning done. The most important is to know that there are differences in the ways to clean a stainless steel sink and a ceramic sink.
For the former, it is allowable to use abrasive cleaners because stainless steel is more tolerable of the chemicals used in it. However, it will not do well for a ceramic sink to be cleaned using the same kind of cleaner because it is harsh enough to scratch the sink. Both sinks, though, will do well being cleaned with baking soda and a solvent and this solution is more mild than commercial cleaners.
Stainless steel utility sinks also benefit when scrubbing is done in the direction in the direction of the lines of the sink. This is more aesthetic more than anything because and marks left from scrubbing would just blend in with the said lines. However, it is not advisable to use steel wool pads on these sinks.
Finally, stainless steel utility sinks also benefit more when water is kept off them. Not only is staining avoided, but rusting is also kept at bay.
These very basic tips for caring for utility sinks will go a long way for people who wish to extend the life of their utility sink.