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All You Need to Know About Maintaining a Farmhouse Sink

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Farmhouse sinks complement a variety of kitchen styles, ranging from rustic to modern. The style is often referred to as “apron front” and can be recognized for its wide and deep basin. Just like any sink over time, you might see some scratch lines on the bottom but they are usually faint. It will require daily maintenance and sometimes a deeper cleaning regimen to keep it looking brand new.

What you’ll need:

  • Bar Keeper’s Friend (powder version)

  • Soft sponge

  • Microfiber cloth

  • Dish soap

  • Optional: Baking soda, lemon, and vinegar

Regular everyday care

Compared to most sinks, ceramic farmhouse sinks do not require a complicated cleaning routine. Simply use mild dish soap and a non-abrasive soft sponge to scrub all over the sink. Rinse with lukewarm water and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth.

Heavy-duty care

Step 1

Rinse the sink well and remove any lingering food or dirt that may get in the way during the cleaning process. Before trying any new product, test in an inconspicuous area first.

Step 2

Apply the Bar Keeper’s Friend powder all over the sink. Grab a damp sponge and scrub the surface until the scuff marks disappear (15-30 seconds). Make sure to rinse thoroughly.

**Let the powder sit for 3-5 minutes for tougher stains before starting the cleaning process.**

Step 3

Wipe the sink with a microfiber cloth to prevent any water spots.

All-natural solution for tougher stains

Step 1

Rinse the sink well and make sure it is damp. Generously sprinkle some baking soda all over the sink until it is fully coated. With a damp sponge, start scrubbing the sink.

You may notice small clumps forming on the surface. This is what you want to see as it means the dirt is trapped and you are cleaning it correctly. Rinse the sink and dry the sink.

Step 2

Cut lemons into small wedges. Scrub the lemons with the wedges coating the sink evenly. Leave it sit for 30 minutes or overnight (the longer the better).

**Lemons are a natural alternative ceramic farmhouse sink brightener. It is also very effective at removing rust stains that may show up around the drain area.**

Step 3

Rinse and clean the sink well. Dry with a microfiber cloth to prevent any hard watermarks.


When it comes to keeping a farmhouse sink, preventative cleaning and maintenance products help to keep it looking great for years to come. Most farmhouse sinks are durable but they can also become chipped, scratched, or stained if not taken care of. Here are some tips we recommend.


  • Use a sink grid to protect the bottom to prevent any scratches from heavy pots & pans.

  • Use a non-abrasive cleaner and microfiber cloth to buff out any small nicks in the sink.

  • Clean the sink regularly with mild soap to prevent any stains and discoloration.


  • Avoid leaving cast iron pans in the sink.

  • Avoid using dish mats as these can trap soap, dirt, and bacteria.

  • Do not use any abrasive cleaners that contain bleach, acids, or drain cleaners.

  • Do not leave stains such as wine, coffee, or other food lingering in the sink for long periods of time.

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