What’s your favorite area in your house? Is it the living room where you spend your time watching movies with your family? Is it the bedroom where you bury yourself under your thick blankets and pillows? Is it the bathroom where you take too long to come out because you are waiting for your playlist to end?
Every part of the house is very significant and loved, but needless to say, the kitchen always have a special place in everyone’s heart. It is where you cook sumptuous meals for you and your loved ones. It is where you delight in tasty dishes and drinks. It is a great setting for family time. And importantly, it is an area where house chores are to be fulfilled well.
The kitchen sink is often busy. It gets used every single day for multiple times you will not even be able to count. Most especially if there are occasions held in your house, it will truly be a tough time for your kitchen sink because dishes, utensils and all that need cleaning just keep coming.
Since it is highly valuable than anyone thinks, the kitchen sink must always be kept clean, safe and well. It lies on how you use and attend to it. There are risks when they are not well-maintained and lots of boons when they are. To help you with keeping your kitchen sink of a high quality and hygienic even with lengthy periods of constant usage, below are 6 tips you must take note:
 Throw Left-Overs In The Bin
A bad habit when cleaning the dishes is throwing in the chunks of left-over rice and viands and even small bones into the sink. The first thing you must never lose in your mind is that plates must be initially cleaned before placed for washing. That means throw them in the trash can and not in the sink because doing so will cause clogging.
During home construction, you certainly made sure that your house’s drainage systems will be proper and effective because it does a lot to your house’s efficiency. You placed tons of effort in your new home developments because you want the best.
That’s why you must not let any sweat and money from your pocket to just be wasted all those just because you keep throwing in food, left-overs and other solid particles into and down your kitchen sink.
Trash will obstruct the water from flowing through the water pipe of your sink. It might flood in and on your kitchen sink, and you will be having a hard time using it and cleaning the used dishes. A garbage can near the kitchen sink is usually situated, and it is for a convenient and productive purpose, so utilize it very well.
 Remove Dirt From Strainer
When you have already thrown trash into the bin, sometimes, you will still see that there are crumbs and specks of dirt coming from your plates, glasses and cooking materials. Of course, that’s normal. There are bits of rice and also some particles of the fresh pineapple shake you drank.
The most necessary thing to do when you see those tiny stuff in your sink strainer. The role of the strainer is to keep medium-sized or big food elements to get into the drain. It leaves the particular granules lying on top of it, but they will go down. That’s why the strainer gets nasty, and sometimes, some people hate touching it. The mere thought of doing so disgusts them.
While that’s the case, you still must not ignore all the dirt on the strainer. Remove them properly whilst making sure that they will not slip out and into the drain. Those who do not want to get their hands on the slimy strainer can use a pair of gloves for that.
For kitchen sinks with stoppers, see to it that no dirt is inserted under the stopper. Tidy the strainer and stopper quickly. It’s the last destination and hope for your kitchen sink before clogging gets a chance.
 Wash After Washing
After washing piles of dishes, you do not just get out of the kitchen. You have to wash and clean the kitchen sink and the area around it too. Of course, the surface beside the sink is where you the dirty kitchen tools and vessels were stationed; meaning, dirt has been contacted to it. You need to thoroughly clean that area.
It got wet while you were scrubbing the kitchen materials, so they have gotten nasty as well. Do not forget to clean it completely and not rashly. It could be grosser than the oily pan you cleaned a moment ago.
 Avoid Dropping And Scratching
Cracks, breaks and cuts on the sink and along its area are among the common problems of house owners. For you to avoid such kinds of issue, you must keep in mind that what you place on top of these locations do a lot and leave an impact to your sink’s wellness and life span.
When cleaning stuff, put utmost attention to handling them with care. In that way, you are not simply ensuring that your appliances and materials are well-used and prolonged but also making sure that your sink will not get hurt and broken.
Pans, casseroles, chopping boards and other hard and also heavy kitchen instruments must be carried carefully, so you will avoid dropping them. Recklessly pulling rough tools on the kitchen sink and its areas is not being responsible.
Most absolutely, if you drop stuff from a great height to your sink, it’s going to be bad. To prevent mishaps related to that from happening, restrain from putting hard and heavy objects on closets and shelves above your sink.
 Generally Disinfect The Area
Besides the cleaning that you have to execute after washing the dishes, you also need to disinfect the kitchen sink and area at least once every week. You must perform a deep cleaning for it because your usage of it is constant and usually extreme.
There are many sanitizing solutions and chemicals you can use for your sink. They should not be overly harsh because your sink might experience discoloration and weakening, and you should also be gentle and mindful while rubbing and cleansing it. Aside from those chemicals, there are natural products you can make use of.
 Dry Is Good
When you finish washing the dishes, you probably leave them for a while on your dryer rack. If you do so, keep in mind that you should not let them stay there for too long. Moreover, you should see to it that the sink area is kept dry. It’s the best atmosphere for the sink because moist and wet areas are the favorite breeding grounds of dangerous bacteria before they multiply and spread.
Just let your wet kitchen apparatuses sit for a couple of minutes, then take them out, wipe them and keep them in their proper cabinets.
HUNKY-DORY AND HYGIENIC
Indeed, the kitchen sink is chiefly helpful and necessary. It is very much useful and used; that’s why it is also said to be the dirtiest (if not one of the dirtiest) areas inside the house. If you think of it and understand well, you will definitely realize that it is. With that being said, you have to always make sure that it is taken good care of and kept sanitized. It’s for your own huge benefit. Building a new house is challenging, and so is maintaining it.
For Nicole Ann Pore, as cliche as it sounds, there is no place like home. She believes that is not only a responsibility but also a privilege to create and take care of a house where home is built. Nicole writes on topics that reveal the essence of a nice home, as well as home care and improvement tips. She is a daytime writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of New South Wales’ most experienced home residential builders. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.