How to clean the bathroom sink drain

You are washing your face in the morning, and you lean forward to rinse away the soap when you are hit by an unpleasant odor from the sink drain. This smell is due to the accumulation of toothpaste, facial hair, soap and dirt in your bathroom sink drain over time. At this point, it is crucial to know the proper methods to clean your bathroom sink drain. The stoppages of scum and debris in the pipe could result in bad smell and even block the water flow. Sparkling and Beyond will go through several methods to help you clean the bathroom sink drain effectively.

Cleaning the drain regularly by disposing of debris in the drain each week

Pop-up stoppers or drain guard should be cleaned regularly
Pop-up stoppers or drain guard should be cleaned regularly

To avoid the buildup of dirt, pick up the pop-up stoppers or drain guards on the top of the drain and remove the debris that they have gathered.

Make sure to wash the stoppers and guard before putting them back. If your stopper is operated by a rod attached to the tap, simply remove the nut behind the drain and pull off the rod. Thus, you can pick up the stopper.

If needed, clean the drain by applying a non-caustic drain cleaner

Biodegradable non-rusting drain cleaner can effectively dissolve the smell
Biodegradable non-rusting drain cleaner can effectively dissolve the smell

The undesirable smell from the drain is the result of growing bacteria and compiled clog. Using the biodegradable non-rusting drain cleaner once a month can solve this problem. A good case of this is hydrogen peroxide, which can be directly poured into the pipe and kill the germs. It is important that bleach and antibacterial products should not be used to clean the drain as they could ruin the plumbing network.

Handy household products for cleaning your bathroom sink

Household products are also helpful in venting the bathroom sink
Household products are also helpful in venting the bathroom sink

You can use day to day products such as salt, vinegar, baking soda and lemon for rinsing and deodorizing your sink.

In general, blend whichever of these products you have available into a solution and flush it into the pipe. Leave it for an hour and then pour the hot water into the drain.

There are also other similar methods. If you have baking soda and salt at hand, mix them into a cup with equal amounts. Following this, pour the mixture into the drain and wait for 15 minutes before streaming down boiling water.

You can even wash away the blockage with boiling water only. Simply pour the boiling water into the pipe slowly for 3 to 4 times and the pipe should be vented again.

Using snake drain to clean your sink drain

Snake drain can unclog more obstinate debris
Snake drain can unclog more obstinate debris

More unyielding clog would require direct physical contact. Snake drain is recommended for such scenarios. This tool is long and skinny with hooks on either end. By sticking the snake drain into the pipe, it can break down or pull away the stoppage with ease.  

Conclusion

Cleaning your bathroom sink drain is not as complicated as people usually believe. Remember to take away the debris on pop-up stoppers or drain guards regularly and use the non-caustic drain cleaner to unclog the pipe if necessary. Natural ingredients like salt, vinegar, baking soda and lemon are also helpful to flush away any stoppage beneath the drain. Snake drain is another useful instrument to unclog more stubborn blockage. If you still need assistance, Sparkling and Beyond is committed to provide professional cleaning service to your dwelling or commercial building. Visit us at sparklingandbeyond.com or dial 415-966-1101 for a free quote and book our services!

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