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Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500208
06/24/03

Kitchen Sinks--Care and Cleaning



Porcelain Enamel Sinks
Care
Do not leave acid foods sitting on the sink surface for a long time. Many porcelain-on-cast iron sinks made before 1964 were not acid-resistant. But many acid fruits such as lemons and other citrus fruits, cranberries, etc., vinegar, salad dressings and other acid foods could possibly etch even acid-resistant porcelain enamel if left in the sink a long time.

Perforated or plastic mats protect sinks from damage.

Stainless Steel Sinks
Care
Perforated rubber or plastic mats in the sink will cut down on scratching and marking by pans and tableware.

Cleaning
Wash with a solution of hand dishwashing liquid detergent and water; or a solution of baking soda and water. Rinse and polish dry with paper towel or soft cloth. Never use scouring powders or steel wool as they will scratch stainless steel.

Can brighten by polishing with a cloth dipped in vinegar, or in ammonia.

Or dampen sink and a sponge; sprinkle a little baking soda on sponge and rub sink gently; rinse. Can polish dry with paper towel.

References

This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus.

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