How to clean your Franke kitchen sink

A clean kitchen is a wonderful kitchen. That’s why we’ve specifically designed our products and systems for ease of maintenance. So you can feel comfortable and confident every time you use your kitchen. Learn the best way to keep your Franke products performing well and looking great.  

You can view videos of how to clean your Franke product below, or for more videos why not take a look at our YouTube/UKFranke channel?

General maintenance is wonderfully simple

Increase the lifespan of your Franke products and prevent the build-up of dirt and limescale by simply wiping down your sink and worktop surface with a damp cloth and soapy water. This simple tip will keep your products looking great. Discover more top cleaning tips below.

Franke Care & Repair Range now available!

You can now buy a selection of Franke branded cleaning products specially designed for your particular Franke sink, tap, hood or hob. Click here to buy now!

Franke Homecare Pack

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Cleaning and caring for Stainless Steel Sinks

Everyday tips

Our stainless steel sinks are made from premium quality chrome nickel steel, which looks stunningly beautiful, is highly resistant to staining, rust and corrosion - plus it won't chip, craze, flake or break. It's the most popular material - and for good reason: Stainless steel has a timeless quality that sits beautifully in a traditional or contemporary style kitchen, offering stunning good looks and a durability that helps keep it looking at its best for years. 

This high-quality material makes our sinks eye-catching and resistant to stains, rust and corrosion. So we created Franke Stainless Steel Sink Cleaner specifically for the care and maintenance of this special material. This sink cleaner with its professional formulation effectively eliminates limescale and food deposits on your stainless steel sink, helping to keep your sink in optimum condition. You can purchase Franke Stainless Steel Cleaner here

This cleaner is easy to apply; just spread a small amount on a damp cloth, and distribute it throughout the sink with minor circular motions. Leave to work for a few moments and rinse with clean water. Afterwards, polish with a dry cloth - the Franke Microfiber Cloth is ideal - buy it here


Don’t worry about scratching

The surface scratches that appear on stainless steel sinks are normal and nothing to worry about. They rarely go deep and will become less noticeable with age. That’s because stainless steel develops an attractive patina with time and the scratching evens out. In fact, your sink will look even better after you’ve been using it for year!  Avoid the use of a plastic washing up bowl however as this will over time cause the development of regular abrasion marks over the sink's surface. 

Stubborn stains and rust

Your sink is made from high quality 18/10 chrome nickel steel. That means it’s metallurgically incapable of rusting or corroding in normal household conditions. If rust and corrosion problems do occur, tiny iron particles deposited on the surface will be the culprit. These either come from the water supply or are left behind by wire scouring pads or utensils. It’s essential to clean off these filings and dry the sink thoroughly afterwards. If you let them stick around, they’ll cause rust.  

If you want to remove any rust stains from your products, we recommend using a cleaning agent containing oxalic acid (e.g. Bar Keepers Friend®). Always use mild, non-abrasive cleaning agents such as Franke Stainless Steel Sink Cleaner to remove stubborn stains from your stainless steel and make sure you thoroughly rinse away any cleaning liquids once finished. Oh, one more thing, when cleaning your stainless steel, NEVER USE STEEL WOOL PADS. We, and our stainless steel, thank you in advance.

You can purchase Franke Stainless Steel Sink Cleaner here.

What To Avoid

  • Bleaches containing hypochlorite
  • Silver dip cleaners
  • Leaving foods like citrus fruit juice, salt, vinegar, mustard, pickles and mayonnaise on your surface for prolonged periods. These foods can cause pitting and corrosion
  • Strong acids like photo developing liquids or denture cleanser. If they come in contact with your sink, they should be washed away immediately with clean water
  • Using steel wool pads
  • Plastic washing up bowls 
How to clean your Franke stainless steel sink

Cleaning and caring for Stainless Steel Worktops


Daily cleaning / slight soiling

  • Clean with water & a damp cloth.
  • Use a dry microfibre cloth to remove water marks and fingerprints.
  • Use a vinegar-based cleaner to remove limescale.

Intensive cleaning with Franke Inox Cream

  • Put the paste on the worktop with a damp cloth - apply it with the grain.
  • Leave to agitate for a few minutes.
  • Remove it with a damp cloth.
  • Dry & polish it with a microfibre cloth.

NatureFinish only! – you can use an abrasive cloth – clean with the grain to remove the stains. If the stain still remains - you can use a detergent with polishing additives.


  • Always clean with the grain otherwise the surface may change. 
  • Remove red wine stains immediately.
  • Do not use steel wool.
  • Do not use highly corrosive liquids.
  • Avoid direct, prolonged contact with iron objects which may rust (e.g. cast iron pans).

Daily cleaning / slight soiling

  • Clean with water & a damp cloth.
  • Use a dry microfibre cloth to remove water marks.

Intensive cleaning

  • Use common washing up liquids.
  • Franke Inox Cream can also be used.
  • Remove with a damp cloth.
  • Dry with a microfibre cloth.
  • Use a vinegar-based cleaner to remove limescale.


  • Do not use very strong cleaners or abrasives which can harm the surface.
  • Cleaners with a pH value under 3 and over 10 are not recommended – they can damage the surface.
  • Do not use steel wool.
  • Avoid direct, prolonged contact with iron objects which may rust (e.g. cast iron pans).

We recommend....


Recommended: Non-abrasive sponge.
Not recommended: Steel wool pad, scratchy or abrasive cleaning tools.

Recommended: Standard household cleaning cloth or nonabrasive absorbent sponge cloth.
Not recommended: Cleaning sponge and cloth with abrasive coating.

Recommended: Microfibre cloth. You can purchase a Franke Microfibre Cloth here
Not recommended: Brushes with natural or soft plastic bristles.


Recommended: Franke Inox Cream. You can purchase Franke Inox Cream here
Not recommended: Detergent with polishing additive (cream cleaner)

Recommended: Vinegar-based cleaner (pH value > 3).
Not recommended: Chemical decalcifiers – pH range below 3 and above 11.

Recommended: Detergent without polishing additive, pH range 3-10 (common washing up liquids).
Only NatureFinish: If the stain still remains after using Franke Inox Cream - please try with a detergent with polishing additive, pH range 3-11 (cream cleaner).


  • Always clean in the direction of the grain, only clean in circular motions if the finish is WhirlFinish or NatureFinish.
  • Intensive polishing in one spot will result in local changes to the degree of shine.
  • Avoid chlorine and hydrochloric acid based cleaning products.
  • Remove dirt and limescale deposits regularly.
  • Avoid deposits of antibacterial handwash.
  • Avoid direct, prolonged contact with iron objects which may rust (e.g. cast iron pans).
  • Never use steel wool, only sponges for stainless steel (soft side).
  • Do not cut directly on the worktop - use a chopping board.
  • Do not put a hot pot or pan directly on the worktop – always use a pot stand or trivet (e.g. Franke Rollamat).
  • Even when it‘s PureSteel – it may discolour or scratch.
Franke Stainless Steel Worktops Manual

Franke Stainless Steel Worktops

Download our Franke Stainless Steel Worktops Maintenance & Cleaning Manual for more information on how to keep your product looking its best!

Cleaning and caring for Fragranite Sinks

Making your chosen colour last a lifetime

Advanced materials technology makes Fragranite a very tough and resilient self colour silica resin. By following our simple care and maintenance guidelines, your sink will bring lasting colour to your kitchen throughout a lifetime of normal usage.

4 simple ways to keep its good looks and sparkling finish:

  • Don’t use a plastic washing up bowl in the sink. It will leave small particles of plastic behind. If these get embedded in the bottom of the sink, they’ll slowly grind away the surface. It will also localise scratching and not allow for even distribution.

  • Keep strong alkalis like ammonia and causticmsoda, caustic paint strippers, paint brush cleaners and neat chemical descaling agents away from your sink. Prolonged exposure to such substances may dull the surface.

  • Your sink can withstand very high temperatures without marking, but it’s wise to keep very hot pans out of the sink. That’s because the accessories are less resistant to extreme heat and may be damaged.

  • Hard blows or heavy pressure with a kitchen knife may chip or score the Fragranite surface, so always use a chopping board when preparing food. Note: Edges are more susceptible to damage and are more likely to chip in the main bowl.

Cleaning Fragranite

Wash regularly with Coloured Sink Cleaner which can be purchased here, using a Scotchbrite pad or nylon nail brush. That’s often all it takes to keep the surface clean and free of stains.

Clean off heavy staining liquids such as dyes and vegetable juices as soon as possible. Then remove any residual marks using Coloured Sink Cleaner which can be purchased here, white spirit or methylated spirit.

If stubborn organic stains appear, get rid them using biological washing powder or a concentrated solution of dishwasher power. Never use neat bleach in your sink. Diluted bleach is okay for really stubborn stains, but always rinse it away thoroughly and never let it dry on the sink surface.

Metal marks simply wipe off

Fragranite is harder than many metals, so aluminium pans may leave a grey mark on the sink surface. Don’t worry, this is not permanent - just a metal deposit from the saucepan that will easily clean off.

Avoid abrasives and alkalis

Fragranite is less prone to damage from excessive abrasion than other materials used for sink manufacture. But it’s still best to avoid using abrasive cleaners such as scouring pads and wire wool, as they will eventually abrade the surface. Keep strong alkalis away from your sink as well. Prolonged exposure to amonia and caustic soda, caustic paint strippers, paint brush cleaners and neat chemical descaling agents may dull the surface.

Live in a hard water area?

Limescale deposits can create stains. Nip this in the bud by removing limescale immediately with diluted or mild acid, such as vinegar. Even better, use a proprietary cleaner such as Coloured Sink Cleaner which can be purchased here. Applied with a Scotchbrite pad, it can penetrate the ‘depressions’ in the undulating surface.

How to clean your Franke Fragranite sink

Cleaning and caring for Ceramic Sinks

The ceramic material used for our kitchen sinks has a smooth,  impervious surface, which is resistant to all standard household chemicals. Franke ceramic is one of the most hygienic and easiest to clean surfaces available. Just wipe your ceramic sink with a moist cloth and apply some Franke Coloured Sink Cleaner for a simple and effective cleaning solution. You can purchase this here.

Everyday tips

A fast and easy way to remove water marks, grease or soap scum deposits, is with Franke Coloured Sink Cleaner, or with a proprietary bathroom cleaner such as Ajax or Flash liquid spray. For everyday cleaning of your ceramic sink, using a soft cloth or sponge with some mild liquid soap or any vinegar-based cleaner is ideal. You can purchase Franke Coloured Sink Cleaner here.

To keep your sparkling glazed surface apply a dilute solution of bleach every 2 to 3 days. Apply with a sponge or a soft kitchen cloth and rinse the surface of the sink thoroughly with plenty of water. Not only will it make the surface shine, it will also help Tried and tested cleaning agents such as household vinegar or vinegar solution can be used to remove limescale deposits. For stubborn stains, cover with a piece of kitchen paper soaked in vinegar and leave to stand overnight. 

Avoid the use of a plastic washing up bowl however as this will over time cause the development of regular abrasion marks over the sink's surface.  

What to avoid

  • Abrasive cleaners should not be used as they will dull the gloss finish
  • You should be very careful with all substances containing fluoride, such as rust removers and toothpaste. Make sure that deposits are removed immediately as they can cause stains if left for any length of time. 
  • The use of plastic washing up bowls.

Cleaning and caring for Tectonite Sinks

Everyday tips

It is good practice to clean your sink immediately after use. 

For regular use, a non-abrasive cream cleaner without added bleach such as Franke Coloured Sink Cleaner, which you can purchase here should be used. This should be applied with a soft damp cloth, followed by a clean water rinse and dry. 

Never use a metal scouring pad or wire wool as these may leave deposits which rust and give the appearance of staining. 

Avoid the use of a plastic washing up bowl however as this will over time cause the development of regular abrasion marks over the sink's surface.   

Live in a hard water area?

The quality of your water can affect the good looks of your sink by giving the appearance of staining. This ‘staining’ is generally a build up of limescale or similar mineral deposit, particularly prevalent in hard water areas. Limescale readily absorbs staining agents such as tea, coffee, red wine etc, spoiling the appearance of your sink. For this reason always rinse and dry your sink after each use to avoid mineral deposits being left behind on the surface when the water evaporates.  

What to avoid

  • Bleach or other cleaning agents containing bleach should not be left in contact with your sink as discolouration or pitting of the surface could result. 
  • The use of plastic washing up bowls.

Treat your tap surfaces with care

  • Clean using hot soapy water.
  • Avoid using scourers or abrasive materials.
  • We recommend using our Franke Tap Cleaner together with Franke Microfiber Cloth to clean Franke taps. You can purchase these products here
  • Simply spray Franke Tap Cleaner onto your tap, leave to work for a few moments, then wipe with a Franke Microfiber Cloth
  • Never apply abrasive detergents, disinfectants or products containing alcohol, hydrochloric acid or phosphoric acid. 

Squeeze away limescale

If limescale appears around the nozzle, rub it away gently with a little lemon juice on a small brush. But take care to rinse any remaining lemon juice away from the tap. 


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