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How to Clean a Farmhouse Sink?

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A farmhouse sink is a beautiful addition to any kitchen, with its deep basin and exposed front apron that gives it a rustic and charming look. However, like any sink, a farmhouse sink requires regular cleaning to keep it looking its best. This article provides you easy steps and tips on how you can clean your farmhouse sink, and keep it looking like new for years to come.

Keep in mind that Farmhouse Sinks come in various materials like fireclay, granite/quartz composite, copper, stone and stainless steel. Towards the end of this article you will also find a brand and material specific care guides. Always make sure to follow the manufacturer recommended guidelines for taking care of your sink. 

How to Clean a Farmhouse Sink?

Steps to Clean a Farmhouse Sink

General steps on how to clean a farmhouse sink effectively:

  1. Gather your supplies - Before you start cleaning your farmhouse sink, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. You'll need a soft-bristled brush or sponge, a cleaning agent (such as baking soda or a mild dish soap), a specialized cleaning product for farmhouse sinks (optional), a clean, dry cloth, and hot water.
  2. Clear the sink - The first step in cleaning a farmhouse sink is to remove any dishes or debris from the sink and rinse it with hot water. This will help to remove any loose dirt or grime from the surface of the sink.
  3. Apply a cleaning agent Next, apply a cleaning agent to the sink. Baking soda is a great natural cleaner that is safe to use on most surfaces, including farmhouse sinks. You can also use a mild dish soap or a specialized cleaning product designed for farmhouse sinks.

    Apply the cleaning agent to the sink and use a soft-bristled brush or sponge to scrub the sink gently in a circular motion, paying attention to any stains or spots.

    For deep cleaning or stubborn stains, you may use Bar Keepers Friend or Bon Ami. Always rinse the sink with water after using a cleaning solution and wipe dry.

    Use the manufacturer recommended cleaning products. Here is a list for you to consider:

    • Fantastik Antibacterial Heavy Duty
    • Astonish - Over and Cookware Cleaner
    • Formula 409 Antibacterial AllPurpose
    • Green Works All-Purpose
    • Soft Scrub Gel with Bleach
    • Soft Scrub Lemon Cleanser
    • Bar Keepers Friend (for rust removal)
    • Super Iron Out Rust Stain Remover (for rust removal)
  4. Rinse the sink - After you've scrubbed the sink, rinse it with hot water to remove any residue from the cleaning agent. Make sure to rinse the sink thoroughly to avoid leaving any soap or cleaning solution residue.
  5. Dry the sink - Once you've rinsed the sink, use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the sink dry, paying special attention to any water spots or streaks. You can also use a microfiber cloth to ensure a streak-free finish.

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Maintaining a Farmhouse Sink

Maintaining a farmhouse sink is easy and very simple. Once the sink has been cleaned, here are some general tips for maintaining the cleanliness of all types of materials be it a fireclay, granite/quartz composite, copper, stone or stainless steel sink:


  1. Clean daily with a mild cleaner and warm water. We recommend using natural ingredients that will not harm your sink or the planet. A simple mild solution of baking soda + vinegar or eco dish soap + water is all you need.
  2. Wipe surfaces clean with a soft brush, sponge or cloth.
  3. Keep the sink free of standing water to prevent buildup from the mineral deposit. A mild vinegar + water solution can be used to clean any mineral deposits.


  1. Use abrasive chemical cleaners as they can dull and scratch the surface. If you have cleaners, always test your cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area before applying it to the entire surface.
  2. Use paint removers, oven cleaners, or aggressive chemical solutions to clean sink surfaces.
  3. Use an abrasive material such as steel wool or scouring pad as it can damage the sink surface and cause discoloration.
  4. Store open cleaning containers under the sink such as acids, bleach, sodium chloride, lye, toilet bowl cleaner, drain cleaner, or hard water stain removal products under your sink.  

33" Latoscana Double Bowl Farmhouse Sink

Pictured here is a beautiful Italian made 33" Latoscana Double Bowl Farmhouse Sink

Manufacturer Care Guides by Material

Looking for manufacturer instructions on how to clean sinks in any of the following finishes? Or have a sink in a specific finish? See below for the product care guides provided by the manufacturer for each material.

How to Clean a Fireclay Farmhouse Sink?

The BOCCHI Homeowner's Guide provides great tips for cleaning a fireclay sink. Here are the cleaning guides from Crestwood, ElkayNantucket SinksNative Trails (see Precious Metals section).

How to Clean a Quartz/Granite Composite Sink?

Please refer to the Karran Care Guide.

    How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink?

    This Nantucket Sinks Stainless Steel Care Guide provides instructions for taking care of their Stainless Steel sinks.

      How to Clean a Stone Sink?

      We also have instructions to clean AllStone Stone Sinks. For sinks made from the following stones, you may read the instructions here.

        • Marble
        • Limestone
        • Petrified Wood
        • Travertine
        • Black Lava
        • Granite

        How to Clean a Copper Sink?

        The Native Trails Sinks - Product Care and Cleaning Guide provides instructions for cleaning their different sink finishes:

        • Antique Finish Hammered Copper
        • Tempered Finish Hammered Copper
        • Polished Copper Finish
        • Brushed Nickel Finish
        • Polished Nickel Finish

        In conclusion, cleaning a farmhouse sink is a simple process that can be done with a few basic supplies. By following these tips, you can keep your sink looking its best and ensure that it lasts for many years to come.

        Ready to find the farmhouse sink for your dream kitchen? Hop on over to view our large collection of apron front fireclay farm sinks for your home. Have a question? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you or visit our website at

        Also see, How to Properly Clean a Sink for more instructions.

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