Cleaning ceramic sinks: how to look after ceramic surfaces

How To Clean Ceramic sinks
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Ceramic sinks are rightly considered to be easy to clean. They have a smooth, hard and completely sealed surface. This prevents dirt and liquid from getting into the material. However, there are a few things to be aware of when cleaning ceramic. In order to ensure that you ceramic sink remains beautiful and easy to maintain for a long time to come, we recommend three levels of care – daily cleaning, monthly deep cleaning and surface freshening-up – and provide advice on suitable cleaning products to use. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy your BLANCO Ceramic sink for many years yet!

What makes ceramic sinks special

Ceramic is a highly resistant material. It is resistant to heat and cold, as well as being shock- and scratch-proof. Bacteria have no chance against the smoothness of ceramic sink surfaces. Liquids such as water and oil run off it very easily, so that hardly any marks can form. These properties mean that ceramic sinks always look very clean and well cared for. Their soft feel also makes day-to-day work with ceramic sinks a real pleasure.

Microfibre cloth cleaning a ceramic sink

Daily cleaning

Cleaning ceramic sinks is extremely easy: as the material is very dense, hardly any marks can form, as dirt simply cannot adhere to it. However, you should still give your ceramic sink a quick clean every day. All you need is a standard sponge, a little washing-up liquid and water. Slightly moisten the sponge under running water. Squeeze a small amount of detergent onto the soft side of the sponge. Clean dirt off your ceramic sink by rubbing the soft sponge over the surface in small, circular movements. Finally, rub the surface dry with a microfibre cloth. As you can see, ceramic is very easy to look after!

BLANCO DailyClean+

Regular cleaning

For light limescale deposits and soiling, we recommend regular use of our professional limescale cleaner BLANCO DailyClean+. With little effort, it will make your ceramic sink shine again.

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BLANCO DeepClean Ceramic

Monthly deep-cleaning

To deal with particularly stubborn limescale deposits or metal abrasion, deep cleaning with BLANCO DeepClean Ceramic, a special cleaner for ceramic surfaces, is recommended. Such deep cleaning should always be carried out when the soiling can no longer be removed with regular cleaning.

The application is very simple: pour the powder onto a moistened sponge and apply. On horizontal surfaces, the powder can also be sprinkled directly. Then work the powder in with a damp sponge and then wipe the sink clean with a damp cloth. Any residue can be rinsed off with clear water and a little washing-up liquid. Finally, rub dry with a microfiber cloth.

Deep Clean

If your BLANCO Ceramic sink has a PuraPlus surface, you should freshen it up at regular intervals. PuraPlus is a hydrophobic special coating from BLANCO. It reduces the adhesion of limescale, making daily cleaning easier. To maintain this effect, we recommend the BLANCO PuraPlus set, a two-component care product especially designed for PuraPlus ceramic surfaces.
Apply a little PuraPlus starter to a microfibre cloth and rub it evenly into the sink, working in small, circular movements. Now dry the surface thoroughly.
For the second step, use the PuraPlus liquid. Shake the bottle briefly, then pour some PuraPlus liquid onto a paper towel. Rub it into the sink in small, circular movements. Now leave it to work for approx. 10–15 minutes. Finally, polish the surface dry with a microfibre cloth until there are no streaks left.
After treating the sink with PuraPlus liquid, you’ll notice how the water rolls straight off it: liquid no longer clings to the surface, causing less limescale.

Avoid these cleaning agents

Although ceramic surfaces are impervious to marks, you should be aware of the following: Certain cleaning agents should not be used to clean ceramic. These include:

  • Scouring agents or powder
  • Aggressive, highly concentrated drain cleaners
  • Strong mixer tap and steel cleaners
  • Prickly brushes or steel sponges

All of the aforementioned things can cause damage to the surface. This causes the sink to lose its shine and appear matt. In order to avoid this, we recommend using BLANCO cleaning and care products, which are designed for the precise properties of ceramic.

Questions about ceramic sinks

Are ceramic sinks easy to clean?

When vegetables, meat and fruit have all done their worst on the ceramic sink, you’d expect to be faced with something of a disaster. But you don’t need to worry about all that with your ceramic sink. The smooth and completely unbroken surface ensures that no dirt can settle on it. What’s more, any soiling that is visible after long cooking sessions is easy to tackle. Just get a soft sponge, a little washing-up liquid and warm water, and wipe it away. A microfibre cloth is best for rubbing it dry. However, steer clear of scouring agents, steel brushes and aggressive mixer tap cleaners containing chlorine. Your ceramic sink won’t like these at all.

How should I clean my ceramic sink?

If time-consuming cleaning marathons really aren’t your thing, rest easy: your ceramic sink is very low-maintenance. Just putting some warm water and washing-up liquid on a soft sponge and cleaning your kitchen sink with it every day will do the trick. Limescale is best avoided by rubbing your sink dry with a microfibre cloth afterwards.

If you find stubborn dirt on your otherwise spotlessly clean sink, it’s best to opt for a professional cleaning agent. BLANCO PuraPlus Liquid goes a good job of pre-cleaning worktops that require extra effort. This cleaner removes limescale deposits and metal abrasion, without being too taxing. Fast and straightforward In order to ensure that water continues to roll off your sink, it’s worth using a care product like BLANCO CeraCare, which both cleans and nourishes the surface. This will re-seal the surface of your sink. Avoid scouring agents, aggressive drain cleaners and scratchy brushes or steel sponges. These will damage the pristine surfaces. What’s more, they could cause the sink to lose its lovely shine.

Can the colours of a ceramic sink change over time?

Our ceramic sinks are non-fade. This means that you can install your sink in a bright room or in front of a window. Direct sunlight doesn’t pose any problem, so the colour of your sink will stay just as it was when you got it, for years to come. By the same token, standard household use of your sink will not alter its colour.

If your sink sees a lot of use, light limescale deposits may form over time. When combined with foodstuffs like coffee or red wine, this can cause slight discolouration. But there’s no need to panic: you can address the problem in a matter of minutes. In this case, use vinegar concentrate or a professional biological cleaner such as our BLANCO DeepClean Ceramic. Soon you’ll see that you were worrying about nothing.

How can I clean my basket strainer?

The basket strainer is the secret hero in your sink. After all, it prevents your sink from getting clogged up, thus ensuring perfect functionality. Over time, however, the basket strainer will collect some dirt, so you should give it a clean every now and then. You don’t even have to buy a special cleaner for that purpose.

Our trick: Put a level teaspoon of a powdered dishwasher detergent on the closed strainer basket. Bring 250 ml water to boil, let the boiling water sit for a moment until the kettle makes no simmering sounds, then pour the hot water over it and let the solution soak in. Then brush and scrub (e.g. with a dish brush, people with sensitive skin should be wearing gloves) until the strainer insert and drain cup shine again. Finally, open the strainer basket and remove the strainer insert. Now you have room to clean the perforations in the drain cup. When these are also sparkling clean again, reinsert the strainer insert and rinse with clean water.

What is the easiest way of removing stains from dark sinks?

Milky patches can soon show up on your stylish dark sink. These are caused by limescale deposits, which can vary hugely from place to place, and depending on the state of your water pipes. Such stains also pick up deposits from substances like tea or coffee, and are thus responsible for discolouration. But all this isn’t as bad as it sounds. Luckily a little vinegar-based cleaner or diluted citric acid and hot water can come to your rescue. The limescale will dissolve if you clean your kitchen sink thoroughly with these substances.

If you don’t want to constantly have to contend with unsightly marks, be sure to dry your sink off with a microfibre cloth after every use. Doing this will prevent the limescale from occurring in the first place.