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.  


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.

Cleaning and caring for Stainless Steel

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 Fragranite Sinks

Everyday tips

Franke Fragranite Sinks are extremely durable and non-porous making them long-lasting and very hygienic. This also means cleaning them is quite simple too. Most deposits can be removed with soap or detergent and hot water followed by a clean water rinse. 

Clean off heavy staining liquids such as dyes and vegetable juices as soon as possible. Then remove any remaining marks using Franke Coloured Sink Cleaner which can be purchased here

It is also good practice to then dry the sink with a soft cloth - such as a Franke Microfiber Cloth - as otherwise limescale can build up on the surface. You can purchase a Franke Microfiber Cloth here.

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.  

Franke recommends....

As with all Franke sinks, we recommend regular cleaning and maintenance to keep your sink looking its best. 

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 Franke Coloured Sink Cleaner which you can purchase here. Applied with a Scotchbrite pad, it can penetrate the ‘depressions’ in the undulating surface. 

To remove any limescale that has built up on your sink, try using a proprietary limescale removing product such as Viakal® or Limelite®. Alternatively, soak in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. This will loosen the scale, making it possible to scrub it away with an abrasive pad and Franke Coloured Sink Cleaner

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, and use a Franke Microfiber Cloth instead, which you can purchase here. Keep strong alkalis away from your sink as well. Prolonged exposure to ammonia and caustic soda, caustic paint strippers, paint brush cleaners and neat chemical descaling agents may dull the 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 a proprietary bathroom cleaner such as Ajax or Flash liquid spray, or similar products found in your supermarket. 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.

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. Most deposits can be removed with washing up liquid and hot water, followed by a clean water rinse then drying with a soft cloth to prevent limescale build-up.

For more stubborn deposits use a non-abrasive cream cleaner without added bleach such as Franke Coloured Sink Cleaner, which you can purchase here. This should be applied with a soft damp cloth, again 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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