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How to Clean Your Sink Drain

Sep 30, 2022 | Plumbing

Each sink in our homes is used multiple times, every day, whether it is in the bathroom or the kitchen. They help us manage our hygiene needs and keep our many items like dishes and utensils clean. Because of the wear and tear that they get, it is essential to maintain them in the best condition possible. 

In this article, we will cover the most basic steps of sink maintanence; cleaning the sink drain. We will explain why periodic cleaning is essential and provide some tips for both cleaning kitchen and bathroom sinks. Read on to see how simple this process is to follow! 

Why Clean the Sink Drain?

Because our sinks work a lot to help us and our essential items clean, the drains accumulate a lot of debris. The accumulation of debris that is collected in the sink drains tend to create a clog from time to time, slowing down the drainage of water. If the clog is large enough, it will spread to the pipes and create even bigger problems. Sometimes, the buildup of food, hair, and other particles can transfer to other parts of the home.  

How to Clean a Kitchen Sink Drain

A kitchen sink is probably the most loved sink in the house. After all, it does catch all our plates, cups, and utensils. Those who have larger families or host regular gatherings probably agree that their kitchen sink is often overloaded with dirty dishes. Those dirty dishes have food particles, and as they are washed away, they fall into the drain and can potentially clog the sink. Sinks also get very dirty and grimy, requiring regular cleaning. Check out our step by step guide on how to clean the sink and its drain.

Tools Needed

  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Soap 
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Vinegar 
  • Boiling water
  1. 1. Mix the Cleaning Solution

Take one part baking soda and two parts white vinegar and mix them together. After this is mixed, pour it down the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. 

  1. 2. Add Boiling Water

Once the 15 minutes are up, pour boiling water down the sink drain. Take extra precaution to not burn yourself during this step. This will help clear the drain of any extra debris and put the finishing touch on your clean sink. 

  1. 3. Coat Sink in Baking Soda and Dish Soap

Wet the sink and coat it with a mix of baking soda and dish soap. Begin by scrubbing the sides of the basin in a circular motion, working your way down to the opening of the drain. Be sure to push all debris and grime down into the drain. 

  1. 4. Rinse off the Cleaning Solution and Dry the Sink

Rinse off the remaining cleaning solution from the sides and bottom of the basin and dry the sink. You are now left with a beautiful and shining sink. 

How to Clean a Bathroom Sink Drain

The process to clean the bathroom sink drain is similar to the process to clean the kitchen drain. In fact, the required tools are also the same. Simply mix the vinegar and baking solution and pour it down the drain. After letting it sit for 15 minutes, pour down the boiling water that will help loosen the clog in the drain. Then, scrub the basin with the baking soda and dish soap solution and rinse it out. 

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Things to Watch Out For While Cleaning the Sink Drain

As you clean the drains in both sinks, it is important to keep an eye on potential areas that may need repairs. Below is a quick snapshot of common sink drain repairs: 

  • Leaking fixtures
  • Leaking pipes
  • Loose sealants 
  • Loud noise in the pipes
  • Broken or burst pipes

Some of these common repairs are hard to miss, but if they are, you may have more problems than you anticipated. 

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