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How To Clean Your Bathroom Sink: Faucets & Taps Included

Adriana Aziz
January 16, 2023
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Sinks, vanities, and mirrors are the primary focal point for any bathroom. They also get the most everyday use which means that dirt, grime and the likes are a given! The bathroom sink, in particular, is prone to a combination of all things ‘icky’, thereby making it one of the dirtiest and most grimy areas in your bathroom. 

Leftover hair follicles from hubby's morning shaving routine, toothpaste splotches from the kiddie's nightly toothbrush rush, residue from your daily Listerine mouthwash, and soap scum from washing your hands are just a few of the contaminants that may begrime your bathroom sink and vanity. That’s the bad news; the good news is that you have two options to get your sink cleaned up, free of bacteria, and shining again: 

  • Hire a professional to clean your bathroom sink as part of their professional house cleaning service
  • Learn how to clean your bathroom sink thoroughly using the right tools and products

Considering MaidForYou is responsible for cleaning the homes of over 50,000 Sydneysiders, we’d say we’re experts at having bathroom sinks looking brand new. Of course, if you’d like to get the job done yourself, here’s the best way to clean your bathroom sink and some important things to look out for. 

What you’ll need

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To start you’ll need a range of cleaning utensils and tools to carry out the work to make sure your sink is looking as new as can be. Here’s what you’ll need. 

  • 2x Microfibre or lint-free cleaning cloths. 
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar (for eco-friendly cleaning)
  • Dish soap 
  • Toothbrush
  • Multi-purpose spray
  • A soft brush or toothbrush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Hand towel

 

Things to look out for

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Whilst cleaning your bathroom sink can appear to be a very simple task, please keep in mind the following precautions and considerations:

  • Always double-check the cleaning chemicals you are using, as well as the material your bathroom sink and its surrounding surfaces are made from.
  • Acid and alkaline-based cleaning solutions can cause chemical burns and reactions that damage bathroom fixtures.
  • Not all bathroom sinks are made equal and, because of this, you need to be extremely wary of the pH level of your chosen cleaning product.
  • If your sink surface is made from any type of natural stone (quartz, granite, marble, etc) then you must only use a pH-neutral cleaning solution. Failure to do so can cause damage to your sink surface that may be irreparable, or very expensive to fix.
  • For brass taps and faucet fixtures, a weak acid-based cleaning solution can do the trick, but again, to prevent damage to your expensive fixtures, it’s best to always choose a pH-neutral cleaning solution. 

 

How To Clean Your Bathroom Sink

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Once you have the aforementioned cleaning supplies and have determined the material your sink and its surrounding fixtures are made from, it’s time to start cleaning.

To begin, take a look at your bathroom sink and examine just how dirty it actually is. Depending on the present condition, you must make an informed decision that ensures your bathroom sink gets the cleaning it requires. For an extremely soiled sink, it is best to contact a professional cleaning company to deep clean your bathroom, sink, and vanity. On the other hand, if it is mildly dirty or you are capable of giving it a thorough clean, follow the bathroom sink cleaning guide below.

 

Step 1: Ready Your Sink to be Cleaned

Rinse the interior of the sink, plug the drain, and fill it with hot water. It’s important to use a higher temperature of water as it is more effective at removing pent-up dirt and grime when compared to its cold counterpart.

Once your sink is full, it’s time to add your cleaning solution. The most effective solution is a simple concoction of vinegar and liberal drops of dish soap. You’ll know your sink is ready for the next step once the water in the sink has started to bubble and become soapy.

Whilst your vinegar and dish soap solution is working its magic, move all items (soap trays, toothpaste, and toothbrush holder) that sit on top of your bathroom sink to a separate surface in your bathroom; you’ll be cleaning these individually later.

Step 2: Get to Scrubbing

Using the same vinegar and dish soap mixture that you’ve created in your sink, dip a microfibre cloth into the mixture and thoroughly wipe over the countertop in its entirety. Be sure to get to all areas including your bathroom sink’s faucets, and taps.

Next, liberally spray multipurpose cleaner onto your other (clean) microfibre cloth, and wipe over the same surfaces once more. Pay extra attention to your faucets and taps as these are often neglected, difficult-to-clean fixtures of a bathroom sink.

Once you’ve done the above, it’s time to use a soft brush or toothbrush to thoroughly scrub in and around your taps. Try to get the bristles deep into the crevices underneath the tap where dirt and grime thrive, yet aren’t visible to the naked eye. 

Step 3: Drain Your Sink

The next step is to pull the plug and allow the water to drain from your bathroom sink. Once all the water has been drained, rinse it 1-2 times and check for any spots that need scrubbing. If everything looks clean, proceed to dry the sink with a hand towel. To achieve a less streaky, more professional finish, it’s best to use a large lint-free cloth to meticulously wipe down the sink interior. 

Step 4: Disinfect the Sink

While you may have a clean bathroom sink from completing the steps above, clean doesn’t necessarily entail germ-free. Therefore, the last step of making sure your bathroom sink is clean and germ-free is to completely disinfect the items that usually sit on your sink, as well as the complete surface of the sink along with its fixtures. 

To do this, liberally spray your preferred disinfectant spray over the surface of your sink, the faucets, taps, drain, soap tray/dispenser, and toothbrush holder. Leave the disinfectant to sit and actively work to kill bacteria for at least 5 minutes; thereafter, wipe it off with a clean, dry microfibre cloth. Be sure to go over the surfaces again with a lint-free cloth to achieve a streak-free professional finish. 

There you have it, the best way to clean your bathroom sink + its fixtures, and it’s so simple! That said, if you have any difficulties with this process, or your bathroom sink has gotten stubbornly soiled over time, we advise hiring a professional cleaning company to clean it for you on a regular basis. Remember, prevention is always better than a cure, so to avoid having to put in excess elbow grease to clean your bathroom sink every other day, be sure to wipe down the sink and adjacent surfaces after every use.

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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