Maintaining different types of sinks

How to Clean a Quartz Sink

These sinks are made with quartz of course. The resistance to high temperatures make this one of the best options for your kitchen. You should not worry too much about the maintenance of these types of sinks.

Stoneware sinks are usually very rigid which gives it resistance to damage. Do not overdo it and clean your sink with a sponge, warm water and liquid soap. This cleaning should always be after use.

You have to do a more detailed cleaning periodically, using a specific cleaning product for this material that you can find in any supermarket. Do not clean with scouring pads or abrasive cleaners.

How to Clean a Marble Sink

The marble sink is widely used in homes. It is practically clean, does not need detailed maintenance. The facility to clean it makes it one of the most demanded for kitchens.

As we have indicated for other types of sinks, you need nothing more than a cloth, warm water and liquid soap. Stains may appear in your sink, but do not worry because we have the solution to this problem. Apply directly a drop of liquid soap and rub with a cloth moistening it in hot water to remove stains from your sink.

If the stains persist with this trick, we have an ace under the sleeve. Adhere some vinegar to the cloth and rub it with a little more force and the stains will disappear. After removing all stains, you should rinse the sink with lukewarm water and clean once again with a clean, dry cloth to remove any trace of dirt. How to clean a marble sink is so simple that you will in minutes.

How to Clean a Ceramic Sink

For cleaning this type of material you should not spend a lot of money. You will need a sponge and liquid soap to keep it in top condition. If you do not have liquid soap you can use some vinegar-based cleaning product. Either of these two options will give you the same result.

One of the most common oversights that occur in the kitchen is leaving metal utensils for several hours causing stains in your sink. To solve this problem, simply use ceramic glass cleaners that you can find at the nearest hardware store in the house.

If you want to keep your ceramic sink in perfect condition, avoid using abrasive products that will ruin the material. Do not use concentrated formula, which can cause irreparable damage to your sink.

How to Clean a Synthetic Resin Sink

If you have this type of sink you are probably very happy with it. This material is a good choice for your kitchen. The porosity is very little, managing to avoid the dust or dirt that come to have the other materials of manufacture.

Sink Cleaning Remedies

Cleaning is very simple, using liquid soap and water will leave your sink very clean. If you have lost a bit of brightness we tell you how to recover it. It is simple. With a dry cloth and a mixture of lime and hot water you will clean the sink. Moisten the cloth and wipe it all over your sink to give it shine. This blend helps remove scratches and remove stains difficult to remove with soap. If you do not have lime you can substitute with vinegar.

Bonus – Cleaning Kitchen Faucets

In order to effectively clean your faucet you simply follow the instructions given by the manufacturer. If it is stainless steel like one of these Then you will need a special kind of cleaner.


Toilet Problems

Leaks on the outside of the toilet can cause significant damage and leakage through the floor. The advantage in this case is that water losses are easily detected. Problems are sometimes recorded in the area that connects the bowl to the floor. Other times, the leaks have their origin in bad seals. In many of these cases, it is necessary to disassemble the toilet or cistern to perform repairs.

Problems with the toilet

In order to solve the problems of water loss in toilets, it is often necessary to remove the latter to replace the gasket and sometimes it is also necessary to remove the fixing screws and the cistern mechanism. It is necessary to take note of the brand of the tank to buy a kit with all the necessary elements for the repair.

The foam seal is then removed, which enables the water to be sealed between the toilet and the cistern, the edges of the orifice are cleaned to remove scale and the new mechanism is introduced into the cistern. From the outside, the PVC nut is placed in the thread and it locks to compress the joint. Finally, a new foam seal is installed on the nut and, again, the tank on the toilet.

Pipe gasket leaks

When leaks are spotted between the exhaust pipe and the toilet, it is necessary to disassemble the latter. To do this, shut off the water tap, empty the cistern and disconnect the water inlet pipe to the tank. It is then removed from the wall and the retaining brackets removed. To release the toilet from the floor, remove the screws that fix it to the floor. After unscrewing, carefully swing the toilet to loosen the adhesive that binds it to the floor.

When leaks are recorded between the evacuation tube and the toilet, the latter must be removed. Sometimes the solution is to replace the sealing gasket of the sleeve. In this case, after dismantling the toilet, remove the damaged seal and cut the adjusting ring with a metal saw.

If all else fails then you can always call a professional. They know the best practice and will always get the job done.

How to remove a garbage disposal unit

A sink garbage disposal like this, destroys food particles from the sink directly, so you do not have a spoon out and throw them away. The sink drain leads directly to the chopping mechanism that cuts the food into small pieces and pushes them out through the drain pipe. Removing an old unit allows you to replace it with a newer model, or to make repairs to the engine.


• Turn the power to the garbage disposal off at the circuit breaker. Unscrew the cover on the bottom of the base unit. Disconnect the ground wire and pull out the other two connectors.
• Disconnect the dishwasher hose by loosening the screw holding it in place in the garbage disposal. Adjustable pliers help to loosen the connection, then remove the outer hose.
• Loosen the nut holding the discharge tube to the arrangement. Pull the discharge pipe from the arrangement.
Turn the lower part of the elimination unit and also the assembly of the ring in a counterclockwise direction. Pull off the assembly.
• Loosen the three bolts holding the mount in place under the sink. Remove the mounting and rubber seal from underneath the unit. The drain flange will come out with the assembly.

New Plumbing Tips

Heres some quick plumbing tips that you probably don’t already know.  They can save you time and money.


Home Trick # 1:
Sink drain clearing
A single cup of vinegar or salt and one of baking soda should be poured regularly at a rate of one cup for every two liters of boiling water.

Home Trick # 2:
Leaky faucet
If the faucet drips and at that moment you cant repair it, there is a homemade trick that eliminates that sound which sucks, especially at night. A string should be attached from the tap to the drain. In this way you will not hear the annoying noise of the drops, as the water will slide silently along the string.

Home Trick # 3:
Easy to put on and remove faucets
If a faucet needs to be placed, an infallible home trick is to grease the nuts with a little petroleum jelly which makes it easier to screw them together.  We recommend that if you dont know much about plumbing to just call a professional instead.

Home Trick # 4:
Remove and replace the silicone in the bathtub
To avoid problems, the silicone seal of the bathtub must be repaired every year. To do this, the previous sealing with ether or oil must be removed and scraped with a sharp blade until it is completely detached. The area is then scrubbed, allowed to dry and the new layer of silicone replaced.

Tips to Save Water

waterDrinking water is a scarce resource and one that it is essential to preserve. So here are some tricks for saving water at home. If we don’t become aware that water is a scarce commodity, it is sometimes difficult to realize the waste that we are responsible for each day. It must be said that opportunities to waste drinking water are common in everyday life.Rest assured, it is possible to achieve water savings without falling into extremes and discomfort. Simply apply a few simple things in every room of the house.

Reduce Bathroom Water Usage

This is undoubtedly the most affected part of the house by waste. Between the water used for personal hygiene and that which is intended to expel our waste, the bathroom and the toilet will be our first stop to save water.

  • Do not let the water run while shaving, washing hands or teeth. This simple gesture will reduce your water consumption by a few liters.
  • Equip taps with flow reducers. They are sometimes called aerators or water-saving aerators. Regardless of the name they bear they reduce the water consumption of 15 liters / minute to 5 liters / minute (depending on the model)
  • Do 5-minute showers or baths and use on average 130L less. By closing the water during soaping you can save 20 liters more.
  • Make sure that the washing machine is full before starting it. If the model is equipped with a Eco function use it.



Saving Water in the Kitchen

Another important room in the house is the kitchen. Follow these tips for big savings.

  • Wash vegetables over a basin to reuse water which can then be used to water plants and flowers.
  • Make sure that the dishwasher is completely full before starting it. Some models are equipped with a touch Eco or Half-load, use them!
  • If doing the dishes by hand, do not let the water run! Instead fill 2 tanks (1 for washing, one for rinsing)
  • Note that by not closing the tap it uses less than 50L of water to clean the dishes instead of only 15 to 20 liters filling the tanks.

Reduce Water Usage Outdoors

The garden is the last place that you can save water.

  • Use a sprinkler system and drip or soaker hose that allows you to regulate the pressure and therefore the amount of water distributed by limiting its dripping.
  • Have mulch around the crops to retain moisture from dew and watering.
  • Use a watering hose to limit the constant running phenomenon and use less water for the same result.
  • Water during the evening to avoid fast evaporation due to the sun.
  •  Use a maximum of other water resources. The water from the well can be captured easily and used to water the garden for free.
  • Installing a rainwater harvesting system to benefit from free and renewable source of water.

In Conclusion

We have given many tips to reduce drinking water consumption and reduce bills. None of these actions will revolutionize our comfort and, with a little good will and a lot of mobilization of the citizens, we have the power to contribute to the limitation of our water problems.