Sink mats are rubber mats placed in the bottom of sinks to keep dishes from scratching or denting the walls of the sink. They provide a cushion on which to place cups, silverware and plates until washed by hand or placed in the dishwasher. Stains from dishware set into the rubber surface and stain the sink mats. The moist environment under the sink mat also provides a perfect area for mildew to form and produce stains. Remove mildew and food stains promptly to ensure sink mats do not become permanently stained.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Chlorine bleach
- Baking soda
- Dish towel
Fill a bucket with 1 qt. warm water and 2 tbsp chlorine bleach. Roll up the sink mat and place it into the bucket. Allow the mat to remain in the chlorine water for 10 minutes.
Remove the sink mat from the bucket and place into a sink. Rinse the chlorine from the sink mat with warm water.
Mix 3 tbsp baking soda with enough water to create a thick paste. Apply the paste to any remaining stains on the sink mat. Allow the paste to sit on the stains for five minutes.
Scrub the sink mat with a damp dishrag. Rinse the baking soda from the mat with warm water. If stains remain, repeat the stain-removal process.
Dry the mat with a clean dish towel. Lay the sink mat over a clothesline or a railing to dry completely. Place the mat back into the sink when completely dry.
Tips and warnings
- Clean sink mats regularly and dry the top and bottom after each use to inhibit mildew growth.
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