Sinks are frequently used fixtures that wear down over time and require some attention. When it comes to sinks, not only is it unsightly when a sink begins to deteriorate over time but it is also unhygienic. With regular use, water and dirt break down the surface of the sink making it more porous and prone to the build up of dangerous mold and mildew. While your obvious option is to replace the old sink altogether, it isn’t your only option (nor the most cost-effective approach).
Depending on the severity of the wear and the frequency of use, you may be able to refinish the sink on your own with a sink refinishing kit. Available at home improvement stores, this kit comes with step by step instructions on how to resurface your sink and includes an epoxy compound that is used to refinish the surface. While this is the most cost-effective option available, it doesn’t suit everybody’s needs and your sink may not be the best candidate for self-refinishing since some damage is more extensive (from more frequent use), it is wise to opt for a professional sink resurfacing when dealing with the kitchen sink or more heavily used sinks. While the cost of refinishing your sink is low if you do it yourself, you will have to dedicate a lot of time prepping the sink before applying the final refinishing coats. First, all surfaces around the sink must be sanded and primed. This includes the flooring and walls surrounding the area. Then, all chipped or dented areas must be filled in with a patching compound to ensure an even finish as the epoxy solution will not bind flawlessly otherwise. All dust and dirt particles must be removed before applying the final finish.
For some people, refinishing their own sink seems like a daunting task and they choose the services of a professional instead. It may be more expensive than doing it yourself but turning to a professional has some benefits that sometimes outweigh the difference in cost. Turning the work over to a professional saves you time spent prepping the sink for reglazing as they have all of the equipment necessary to move the job along faster. It also gives you the peace of mind to know that a professional is getting into all of the cracks and crevices to remove the build up of mold and mildew that higher traffic sinks accumulate over time. In addition, hiring a professional company to resurface your sink means you have access to a wide variety of finishes and glazes. You can choose to reglaze the sink in a completely different color or finish to refresh the look of your bathroom.
Replacing a worn sink isn’t entirely necessary. Depending on the damage, frequency of use, your budget and desired time commitment, you have the option of resurfacing the sink on your own or hiring a professional. Whichever route you choose, maintaining a clean, hygienic sink need not be a costly or time-consuming endeavor.