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Tips for How to Care for Your Apron/Farmhouse Sink


Tips for How to Care for Your Apron/Farmhouse Sink

If a homeowner or designer is looking for the latest look in kitchen sink design, there’s no need to look further than a spacious, porcelain, farmhouse sink. Also known as an apron-front sink for its front piece that extends 8-10 inches below the counter-line, this style is a hard-working, classic design that translates well into today’s modern kitchens.

Most typical installations involve under-mounting the sink which allows for a water-tight seal and pleasing aesthetic. Most of these sinks do not include space for a tap hole, so one must be installed directly into the countertop. Also, farmhouse sinks are usually very deep and consist of a sizeable basin area. Although two-basin styles exist, designers and homeowners may want to allow counter space or a built-in drying rack to one side of the counter.

Many people considering a farmhouse sink are concerned that its nostalgic beauty may interfere with its functionality. Below are several tips for cleaning and maintaining a sparkling white, porcelain farmhouse sink that is beautiful for many years.

1. Rinse well after each use.

Because of a farmhouse sink’s sizeable depth and sharper, more rectangular edges, food tends to get caught in the corners. Usually a good spray-down with the sink’s nozzle does the trick, but with daily use the sink needs a good scrub with water and dish soap to keep it looking good. A big advantage to cleaning around and on top of the sink area is that the sink itself is under-mounting, so simply wiping crumbs directly from the counter into the sink keeps the kitchen, sink and faucet areas looking clean and spotless.

2. Scrub with non-abrasive cleaner when needed.

Classic farmhouse sinks are known for standing up to decades (even over a century) of use, and today’s models aim for the same lifespan. Although porcelain is susceptible to staining (think coffee, red wine, dark soft drinks), not letting these liquids sit in the bottom of the sink for any length of time is the best solution. If staining has occurred, mild cleanser with bleach (like Soft Scrub) and a sponge or gentle scrubber will do the trick. Avoid anything highly abrasive as scratching may occur.

If a homeowner wants to clean in a chemical-free way, another great option is to sprinkle baking soda into the sink, squeeze lemon juice on it and work the mixture into a cleaning paste. Then, scrub and rinse with hot water.

Although current owners of farmhouse sinks don’t see a huge problem with scratches and black marks, they do happen on occasion. Typically due to larger pots, pans, baking sheets, oven trays and even barbeque grills, black marks can be avoided by placing a protective rubber mat in the bottom of the sink or an additional plastic basin on one side of the sink.

Although there are a few disadvantage of a porcelain farmhouse sink, today’s homeowners love this style for its graceful aesthetic, hardy functionality, and generous size. If a designer or homeowner likes the farmhouse style not made of porcelain, apron-style sinks are now on the market featuring stainless steel, copper and more.

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