Although the cost of fireclay sinks can be high, there are many positive reasons which will outweigh the cost. Just one of the many reasons to consider fireclay is how easy it is to care for. If you have a generous kitchen sink budget and don’t want a sink that demands a lot of your time, fireclay is an exceptional choice.
This fireclay cleaning and care guide includes tips for keeping it looking showroom fresh.
Daily Cleaning Tips for Fireclay Kitchen Sinks
Today’s busy homeowners want convenience from the high-performance products they select, and fireclay delivers. Here are a few easy steps to keeping your fireclay sink clean:
- Rinse away food and beverages after cleanup
- Use a wet and soft cloth or sponge to loosen dried food or liquid
- Rinse the sink again
- Stubborn dirt can be softened with a poultice of wet paper towel left on the area for 5 to 10 minutes
- Use a mild dish detergent or antibacterial detergent and warm water with a soft cloth or sponge for periodic cleaning
- After cleaning the sink, wipe it dry with a soft cloth to prevent water spots or mineral deposits
Fireclay Kitchen Sink Care Dos and Don’ts
While fireclay is quite rugged and nearly impervious to acid and harsh chemicals, a few reminders will prevent unnecessary risk.
- Don’t use steel wool because it will leave metallic marks
- Use abrasive scouring pads and abrasive powders or liquids infrequently or not at all
- Use a mild abrasive such as Bon Ami or Rohl Astonish when necessary
- Don’t scrape off stubborn food or dirt with a metal utensil
- Don’t drop heavy pots and pans into the sink
- Wipe the sink dry after use, especially the sink bottom
- Use a sink wax on the sink occasionally to assist drainage and help prevent water spots and mineral deposits
- Don’t allow acidic foods or beverages such as tomato products, wine, citrus, coffee or tea to remain on the sink for more than a few minutes
- Don’t leave metal cookware or utensils in the sink long enough to rust and stain the fireclay finish
- Consider placing a sink grate with soft feet in the bottom of the sink
Fireclay Kitchen Sink Care and Maintenance FAQ
This fireclay care Q&A covers additional important topics.
A pot left a metal mark on the fireclay. A cheap metal utensil left a rust spot. How can I clean the fireclay?
Make a paste out of a mild abrasive cleaner like Bon Ami, and apply it to the mark and rust spot. Use a damp, soft cloth to gently scour the mark and rust until they are gone.
My fireclay sink is chipped from dropping a cast iron skillet on it. Can it be repaired?
Yes, it can. Franke, Rohl and Whitehaus are among the manufacturers that make fireclay sink repair kits that are very easy to use. Simply follow instructions, and the repair should be nearly or entirely invisible.
Does fireclay contain lead?
The best fireclay sink brands don’t contain lead in the clay or glaze. Ask your seller to verify that the sink you’re considering is lead-free. Some of the cheaper fireclay sinks do contain lead or they are not tested for lead, so you can’t be sure they are lead-free.
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