At ProClean Team, one of the most common challenges we come across when carrying out an end of tenancy clean at a property is tackling a dirty sink. This is one area of the kitchen that is constantly in use and therefore has the highest probability of always getting dirty! It’s not just the basin itself that gets dirty, but water spaces and pills of washing up can also leave the area around the sink in need of a good clean.
With that in mind, at The Organised Cleaner we thought we’d share some good habits that you can implement immediately to help keep your sink area sparkling clean!
1. Clean up regularly
Seems obvious doesn’t it? That’s right, a simple way to keep your sink looking great is to clean it regularly and it’s amazing how great your sink looks after a proper scrub! Like a lot of jobs, the longer you leave it, the trickier it will become. For a lot of people, finding time to clean the sink consistently can be difficult. However, we would suggest that you commit to regularly setting aside time to clean your sink because if it’s done consistently, it really shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes each time to clean!
2. Use plug strainer
When you rinse off dishes after a meal, small pieces of food fall into the sink and down the plughole. Over time, this can build up and end up blocking your sink. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in a plug strainer (one that fits your specific plughole correctly!), which sits over your plughole & lets the water pass straight through but catches food deposits. Once you’ve finished, you can remove the strainer and empty its contents into the bin – simple!
3. Tackle splashes quickly
We haven’t yet found a manual method of washing dishes that doesn’t involve splashing kitchen surfaces (if you have a dishwasher this goes some way to eliminating splashes!), and using a drying rack for plates means that water will drip on & around the sink and draining board. When the water dries it will leave residue behind, especially if you live in a hard water area when you will be constantly affected by limescale!An easy way to prevent this is to get into the habit of wiping up splashes as soon as you have finished washing up, or invest in a plastic draining board which you can wipe down frequently.
4. Deal with the drying rack!
Try to get into the habit of drying things like plates, cups, and cutlery each evening. Once these have been put away, shake any excess water off your drying rack. This will help to prevent water residue from building up. It’s also a good idea to schedule time to clean your drying rack (and plastic draining board if you have one!) on a regular basis.
5. Try a water softener…
If you live in a hard water area (i.e most places from the Midlands to the South), it will be inevitable that your water leaves leaves limescale deposits on your sink & taps. One way to tackle this problem by investing in a water softener. This typically sits underneath the sink and will help to remove the hardness from your water supply. In turn, it should help to reduce limescale deposits around your sink & taps. Find out more about the benefits of using a water softener by following this link.