Whenever I think about sinks that have amazing texture and a durable finish, there’s one brand that comes to mind – Franke! They are high quality and look great in the kitchen and bathroom areas. In my home, I have three composite granite sinks that are made of acrylic and fired granite. And I’ve been totally in love with them since the first day.
As much as I love the sink, my passion alone would not keep my sinks clean and sparkling forever. It is important to take proper care of your sink in order for it to maintain it’s beauty – and on top of that list is proper cleaning. Today I’ll be sharing how to clean a Franke sink with all the proud owners of this precious beauty.
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Using the Right Cleaner!
Some manufacturers will recommend specific Franke composite sink cleaning agents. They work great, and if you are good with buying them then you’re all set!
However, if you’re looking for a cheaper option you can also make your own cleaner from regular household items. I won’t say which option is better because they both should work just fine.
If you’re going with the DIY cleaner, pick something that deals with bacterial growth. Your sink will almost always have regular hard water mineral buildup as well. There will be nonporous composite elements of stains that are really gross looking. So mild soap water maybe not the right choice for such hard stains. You need to think about the type of dirt you’re dealing with.
Let me name some good options you can try. There’s vinegar, oxalic acid powder, bleach and for some cases dish detergents. These are some common Franke composite granite sink cleaning ingredients. You can easily grab these from the kitchen cabinet.
Here’s a list of things you should never use for cleaning.
- Any hypochlorite bleach is a big no for cleaning Franke sinks.
- Avoid any cleaner that includes sliver dips in it.
- You should not use ingredients that can cause pitting or corrosion. For example salt, citric fruit juice, mustard, mayonnaise, and pickles. Never put these on the sink’s surface, it only causes bad than any good.
- Photo developing liquids or denture liquid that has strong acids should be averted. You should wash them right away if they ever come in contact with Franke sinks.
- Never use steel wool pads. They are harsh!
- Avoid washing up bowls made of plastic.
Very Dirty Sinks Need Thorough Scrubbing
There are many who ask me how to clean a composite granite Franke sink that shows food, chemical or rust stains. Once there is a stain, it doesn’t go easily with a simple soap water run. I’ll say use the scrubbing method!
I know some of you would find it risky to use hard bristle brushes and scrubbers to rub the surface of these sinks. But rust is something very hard to deal with. It’s kind of the last rescue process you might need to go through.
However, if I say scrub, it does not mean you would have to bash anger on the scrubbing pad while rubbing. Relax! What I mean to say is you should first try breaking the rust with some strong ingredients. For example vinegar and baking powder. Soak it for a little while. Then simply scrub with soft force.
How often should you scrub the sinks? It depends on how often you use that sink. But on average you should scrub the bathroom sink after every 30 uses.
A nice cleaning recipe can be a squeeze of dishwasher liquid mixed with a bowl of warm water. Use a sponge and dip it well. Now use the sponge to gently scrub. When you notice that the sink needs a thorough scrub use a cleaning spray instead.
Make your Sink Sparkle!
There are numerous hacks and tricks to make your sink sparkle and shine. This is important for the person who cares about the decoration and looks of his or her house. So if you are one of them, pay attention. This one technique I’m about to break down will make you damn happy. Trust me, it works like magic!
Get some paper towels and line them up on the sink. Then soak them well in bleach. Let the paper towels sit on the sink surface for about 30 minutes. Remove them once the time period is over. Simply run water and rinse the sink. Done!
If the sink you use is colorful then it’s better not to use bleach. Try making a recipe instead. There are vinegar, baking soda or mild liquid detergent cleaning mixtures you can make at home. Gee… You’ll be loving the results. Just as shiny as the first time you got them!
Regular Protection Habits for Cleaning!
There are many! But I’ll be pointing out the important ones. First and foremost, get a perforated plastic mat. Make sure to install this thing right below your sink. It would protect your sink from any type of marks or scratches. Also, it keeps good care of all the dishes. Avoiding scratches with regular use will end up making cleaning easier later.
Keep in mind to avoid leaving salad dressing, acidic foods, fruit or vinegar on the surface of your sink for long periods of time. These ingredients are the main cause of longtime marks. Also, they leave behind ugly stains that look gross and unhealthy.
Also, avoid hard scouring powders when you scrub. Especially for regular clean up. Go with warm water and mild detergents for everyday use.
It’s easy to buy a good quality sink but maintaining it does take some effort. Without regular maintenance, it is unlikely for a sink to last for a long time – no matter how expensive or reliable a brand it comes from. So there’s absolutely no way you can avoid regular plus occasional thorough cleaning.
That’s it, folks! Hopefully, this simple but effective cleanup will sort your worries. I’m sure you’ll love a sparkling sink in your space making the whole home decor pop up. Don’t believe me, just try and see it for yourself! Good Luck!