Did you know farmhouse sinks were originally designed in the late 17th Century to hold large volumes of water in them? They are built deep because there was no running water at the time. The water was carried from nearby water sources in buckets and they filled the sinks to the brim. Some came with an overflow to prevent water spilling. They’re now a trendy and chic addition to your kitchen—and you’re probably wondering how to properly clean and care for your sink. Check out our handy guide below to learn how to clean 4 different styles of farmhouse sinks.
Clean A Fireclay Sink
Most of the white colored farmhouse sinks are made of ceramic clay. They're made by baking in extremely hot ovens (kilns) which makes them durable and extremely resistant to stains, chips, and other damage. Cleaning them is relatively easy—warm water and a mild detergent will typically do the trick. It’s recommended that you should wipe down the stone sink after every use to remove standing water. If water remains on the stone surface over long periods of time it can lead to water spots. Many people swear by using Bar Keepers Friend to keep their sinks sparkling clean.
Cleaning Stainless Steel Sinks
Stainless steel isn’t your traditional farmhouse sink material but it’s become very popular. It’s a contemporary choice that comes in a variety of designs. Because steel is so versatile, it’s easy to maintain and clean. Simply wipe all surfaces clean, rinse completely with water immediately after applying a mild cleaner. Rinse and dry any excess cleaner that may land on any surfaces nearby. The cleaning agent or water should not be allowed to sit, as it may soak in and cause damage. Use a soft, damp cloth or sponge. It's best to avoid using any abrasive steel wool or a scouring pad to clean the surface.
How To Clean Copper Sinks
Copper farmhouse sinks come in various finishes and textures such as hammered, polished, or a brushed metal finish—usually quite stunning. Over time the copper sheen develops a kind of patina to it as many different food ingredients and substances will react with the copper. This adds a natural character to the sink. The patina appears almost organically and doesn’t affect how it looks. Most believe it adds more character. Cleaning a copper sink is easy and effective: use a non-abrasive scrubber and mild detergent. Copper cleaning agents such as copper cream and copper wax can be used if you find the natural patina to be overwhelming.
Caring For Your Natural Stone Sink
Sinks made of marble, granite, and limestone are your natural stone sinks. They're unique and very popular in today’s contemporary homes. However, the white colored sinks can stain easily if you allow mineral deposits to build up in the sink. Wash them frequently with a mild dish detergent to remove dirt, grease, and any deposits. Avoid using harsh cleaners such as bleach and any abrasive material as this can scratch or damage the stone.
Where To Find More Information
Many sinks come with installation manuals—and also include cleaning guides. Be sure to verify how to clean and care for your sink properly. We want to protect your investment. If you have any questions about proper cleaning and care don’t hesitate to reach out!