Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Sink
Stainless steel is extremely tough. It resists stains and scratches, and many problems that make other kitchen sinks so hard to completely clean.
There's a couple rules when it comes to keeping them clean and bright. Follow these cleaning tips from professional house cleaners at Mrs. Clean and shine and remove stains from your sinks for good!
How NOT to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink:
- Don't use Cleaners with Bleach: Regular bleach whether it's straight from the bottle or included in cleaning products like comet with bleach will stain stainless steel because of a chemical reaction from the metal and the bleach. Stainless steel oxidizes and a gray or gold stain will be the unfortunate result.
- Don't use Abrasive Cleaners: Stainless steel sinks have a polished finish. It will scratch and show scrapes if they are cleaned out with gritty/abrasive cleaning products . Always scrub with the grain when cleaning.
- Don't use Steel Wool or Brushes: Just like using abrasive cleaning products, steel wool or steel bristle brushes will scratch the the sink deeply and permanently.
Every Day Sink Cleaning:
Fill the sink with hot water and add a squirt or two of your favorite dishwashing liquid. I like to use dawn dishwashing soap. It's cheap and does a great job on grease.
When the sink is about 1/3 to 1/2 full, turn off the water and use your nylon brush or scrubber side of a sponge and scrub each side of the sink- don't forget the bottom. When you have scrubbed each side thoroughly, empty the water from the sink.
Get your scrubber again and clean out the drain area making sure to remove the gunky build up that's trapped there. Build up in the drain can cause odors and is frequently overlooked. The drain area should shine too. Rinks the sink completely with cold water.
Scrub in the same direction as the polished grain. Scrubbing against the grain will scratch the highly polished finish.
Make sure to rinse the sink completely to remove all cleaning agents. You can disinfect and further deodorize the sink by pouring plain white vinegar on a clean paper towel and wiping all sides.
Heavy Duty Sink Cleaning:
If there is food items or oil adhering to the sink, dust a little baking soda inside it and then scrub it with a soft wet sponge. Baking soda is a deodorizer and mild abrasive. remember to scrub lightly and with the grain. Your sink will sparkle when you are finished.
Scratched and Stained Stainless Steel Sinks:
If your sink is stained, worn or scratched, my cleaning instructions have probably come to late.
All not lost. Clean the sink using the heavy duty cleaning process I have outlined and then pick up a stainless steel polishers and conditioner. I like Cerama. They don't remove scratching but they help hide them and make the stainless look much less worn.
Shining Stainless Steel:
You can use a half a lemon and rub it on the sides of the sink to get a natural shine. The lemon will make the sink smell good too.
All types of stainless steel appliances shine up well with a bit of baby oil. Pour a little of the oil on a paper towel and wipe the sink. Don't overdo the amount of oil used. The smallest amount will make the stainless shine the best.