How to clean the sink from plaque and yellowing: proven methods

To clean a sink well, you need to focus on the material it is made of.

No matter what kind of kitchen sink or bathroom sink you have, these sanitary appliances get dirty very quickly and very heavily. In addition, lime stains from hard tap water appear on them, leaving unsightly yellow marks. How do you remove this yellow from the sink?

OBOZREVATEL recommends that you first of all pay attention to the material from which the bowl is made. This is what will determine how you can clean the plaque without damaging the surface.

Enamelled sink

This type of sink suffers the most from the formation of limescale and rust stains. However, it is not afraid of acidic cleaners. Therefore, enamelled sinks can be descaled with vinegar. Simply apply the liquid to a sponge or cloth, dab the surface with vinegar and leave it on for 10 minutes. After that, the vinegar can be washed off with water.

Enamel can also be cleaned with citric acid. The powder can be poured directly onto the stain and rubbed as if it were a regular abrasive. The acid will simultaneously attack the lime and gently scrub away the dirt.

Finally, enamelled sinks can be treated with a mixture of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide in a 2:1 ratio. This product should be applied with a sponge or cloth and left for 10 minutes. Do not forget to wipe the sink dry after cleaning, because it is the water droplets that evaporate and leave behind the limescale.

Stainless steel sink

This is a very popular material for kitchen sinks. But it has two drawbacks: acids can corrode stainless steel, and abrasives can leave scratches. If you don't care too much about the surface of this working tool (metal knives and forks will do the job anyway), you can clean it with baking soda. It is a fairly mild abrasive and has degreasing properties.

If you want to scratch such a sink less, use dishwashing detergent to clean it. You can apply it by foaming it on a sponge, or you can soak the sink if it has dried stains. In this case, run plenty of hot water, add a few drops of the product, stir it and leave it for 15 minutes. After that, the water should be drained, and the sink should be thoroughly wiped and rinsed. Do not forget to wipe the surface dry so that no stains remain on it.

Cast iron sink

This is the most sensitive material of all. Cast iron is afraid of harsh abrasives, including brushes and scrapers, and products with colourants. The former scratch it, which leads to corrosion, while the latter leave coloured stains that cannot be removed. But baking soda is mild enough to clean cast iron. You can wipe the sink immediately or leave it on the stains for 10 minutes. Cast iron is also not afraid of bleach products. Dissolve chlorine bleach in water in a 3:1 ratio and apply this solution to the stains. You can also leave it on for 10 minutes.

Owners of cast iron sinks are also advised not to store dirty dishes in them. Grease, juice, sauce and other food residues can oxidise cast iron and leave stains that are difficult to remove later.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told how to clean the shower from lime stains to make it shine.

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