Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
If you have a utility sink in your laundry room or garage, there’s a good chance you may think it’s beyond repair from the stains that have beautifully graced it. For example, we use ours for washing out paint brushes, tools from our home projects and our own hands when they’re too messy to use the regular sink. Over time it has created a very dirty sink that now has layers of paint and other materials.
After sharing on Instagram, I was relieved to find out I wasn’t the only one with this problem. It’s so easy to think that the utility sink is meant for a messy cleanup, therefore it’s okay for it to be a mess itself. But no more! I decided to devote some time in cleaning this sink to see if it could be saved before we looked into purchasing a new one. Not only did I get it clean, but it almost looks like a brand new sink!
Wondering how in the world this was possible? I’m so excited to share how I did it so we all can take back control with our utility sinks. Please keep in mind our utility sink is made of a plastic material and handled the products we used very well. Always check to see if your sink can handle the suggestions below. Here’s the how to.
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Before you even apply any cleaner, you’ll want to use your putty knife and scrape off anything that you can from the utility sink. The more, the better!
Once you’ve scraped and then scraped some more, you’ll apply a generous amount of Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser to the areas that need to be scrubbed clean. Make sure you’re wearing gloves for this part! Apply a little bit of water and move the liquid around to cover the area.
Take your steel wool and start scrubbing in a circular motion. Don’t be afraid to scrub hard! Rule of thumb, is that once the suds from the cleaner start to turn brown, it’s time to rinse.
You’ll repeat this process until the entire area is clean. If you’re sink is very stubborn and beyond dirty like ours was, we used a razor blade scrapper to help remove the really tough paint stains. The image below is what our sink looked like after cleaning it twice. It took a total of 5 times to get it fully cleaned.
We then used the Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser to get what was remaining after the soft cleanser wasn’t working to get those spots. The powdered cleanser is also best to use on rust spots!
That’s it! It truly is as simple as these steps to have a brand new looking utility sink. All it takes is a lot of elbow grease and patience to remove all the stains and dried paint. I’d love for you to share your before and after with us so we can celebrate not having to buy a new utility sink after all!
And let me just say this, if you have never tried Bar Keepers Friend, you’re about to discover the magical work this product can do throughout your home. It’s a staple cleaning product you need to add to your cleaning bucket. You can thank me later !
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