How to Clean your Bathroom Sink

Your bathroom sink is a focal point and is potentially the bathroom feature that’s used the most. It’s the place you brush your teeth twice a day and wash your hands multiple times a day, too. All of this activity can take a toll on your sink. Soap scum and limescale can build up in the sink or on the taps, which can be tricky to remove if left too long.

To ensure your bathroom basin continues to look its absolute best year after year, it’s important to make sure you clean it correctly. Read on for our top tips on how to clean a wash basin. 

How to clean a ceramic sink

White ceramic is one of the most popular materials for a bathroom sink in the UK. It’s also one of the easiest to keep clean as its non-porous surface means soap scum can usually be wiped away with ease. However, many people use harsh chemicals and scourers to clean this sink material when warm water and a soft cloth may be more beneficial.

To make your countertop basin gleam, you could use an everyday hand soap, as these cleaning products kill bacteria just as easily as bleach or other harsh chemicals. Fill the sink with warm soapy water and use a soft cloth or paper towels to clean the surface of the sink. The ceramic can become scratched if you use a scourer or rough cloth on its surface so you should use something soft like a sponge or microfibre cloth. Empty the sink and you’re done!

If you live in a hard water area and your taps and appliances suffer from limescale, you can create a 1:1 mix of white vinegar and water. Using a soft cloth, wipe the solution over the sink’s surface and around the taps. You could use a soft-bristled toothbrush around the plug hole and the base of the taps to get in all the corners and small spaces properly. When you’re done, rinse the whole area with hot water to get rid of any excess vinegar.

How to clean a stainless steel sink

Stainless steel sinks create a contemporary look that suits a variety of different bathroom decors. They have a sleek, polished appearance that works well with any colour scheme and these sinks are also durable and easy to care for.

The attractive quality of stainless steel comes in part from its continuing lustre in everyday use, making it an ideal material for sinks. Both for aesthetic reasons and to protect against corrosion, routine cleaning of your sink is a must. As a general tip, always bear in mind that the dish soaps and detergents you commonly use in your sink will include chlorides, so it’s essential that you rinse it well after usage.

When you clean stainless steel, first identify the grain and try to wipe the sink in the same direction as the polish lines for optimum results. A soft cloth is your best choice for the job – avoid harsh scourers or steel wool, which can be too abrasive.

While a typical household cleaner can be used with a damp cloth to whip your stainless steel sink into shape, you can also use a mixture of baking soda and water to form a paste. Baking soda can be beneficial as it can create a gently abrasive method for removing tough residue without scratching your sink. Add a cup of white vinegar afterwards to rinse the mixture down your drain.

After your sink is rinsed, buff it with a soft dry microfibre cloth, and to get the metal truly gleaming, consider giving it an extra polish with a little olive oil on a dry cloth.

Try to keep your stainless steel sink dry between uses, and don’t leave wet sponges and cloths on it as this can cause water spots and prevent it from looking outstanding.

How to clean a stone sink

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Stone is a popular material for bathroom sinks, particularly limestone, granite or marble. These are all sturdy and hardwearing materials and they add a contrasting texture to the room.

However, stone can be quite porous and therefore may be more difficult to clean, particularly as you shouldn’t use harsh chemicals on the surface. Don’t be put off buying a stone sink for this reason though. They really are beautiful and can be cleaned using the simple method we’ve outlined below.

Stone basins, particularly granite, usually have a sealant over the top that protects the stone underneath. You don’t want to remove this sealant when you’re cleaning the sink. For light cleaning, use warm soapy water and a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the surface down.

How to clean chrome taps

A popular misconception is that chrome taps are made entirely of the metal chromium. In fact, only a thin layer is typically present on many of these taps, creating a shiny chrome finish.

Despite featuring a natural brightness, one disadvantage of chrome is that when grime and dirt collect on its surface, it can quickly lose its appeal. To keep chrome taps looking shiny and new, regular cleaning is always a good idea.

Chrome is an easy-clean material, so you’ll never need to use special products or powerful chemicals to get it looking spotless. A mild solution of soap and water is perfectly suitable for the task – just dip a cleaning cloth in your soapy solution until damp and wipe down your taps.

If there are hard-to-get to areas that are more grimy, a soft-bristled toothbrush can be gently used to remove dirt that lingers. For wash basin taps that are dirtier and need something stronger, use a solution of equal parts vinegar and water instead.

After removing any dirt or marks from your taps, rinse the chrome plating with water to avoid tarnishing the finish and buff it dry with a soft microfibre cloth until the metal really sparkles.

After cleaning your chrome taps, always make sure to check any mirrored bathroom cabinets nearby for water spots, as they may have got splashed during your clean up. Use a minimal amount of glass cleaner on a microfibre cloth for best results and always inspect mirrored surfaces from a selection of angles to identify any unwanted streaks.

Remember, when using cleaners of any kind, always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

If you need any additional information on the care of bathroom suite items like ceramic or stone sinks, feel free to get in touch with our specialist team here at clickbasin, who are readily available to answer your concerns and queries.