Care and Cleaning of Your Stainless Steel Sink
Stainless steel needs to be cleaned for aesthetic considerations and to preserve corrosion resistance.
Like any surface that is exposed to the environment, stainless steel can get dirty. Dirt and soil can consist of accumulated dust and a variety of contaminates that come from many sources, ranging from the wind, to everyday use. These contaminates will vary greatly in their effect on appearance, corrosivity and ease of removal. While some may be easily removed, others may require specific cleaners for effective removal. It may be necessary to identify the contaminate or experiment with various cleaners.
Maintaining the beauty of Stainless, the easy care way…
Follow these few simple steps, and your stainless products from Just will retain their original beauty for years to come.
- Since most soaps and detergents contain chlorides, Just recommends rinsing the surface after each use with warm water and with or without a gentle detergent is sufficient of your stainless sink.
- Next in order are mild non-scratching abrasive powders such as Bon-Ami, Zud, or other typical household cleaners. These can be used with warm water, bristle brushes, sponges, or clean cloths. Unlike porcelain sinks, durable stainless steel stands up strongly to abrasive cleansers. Remember always to scrub in the direction of the polish lines so that your efforts blend with the surface of your sink.
- Cleaning should always be followed by rinsing in clean hot water.
- Ordinary carbon steel brushes or steel wool should be avoided as they may leave particles embedded on the surface which can lead to RUSTING.
- When water contains mineral solids, which leave water spots, it is advisable to wipe the surface completely with dry towels. Regularly drying your sink works wonders to prevent water and surface rust marks.
Looking For That Extra Sparkle?
- Use flour power to polish your sink by applying dry flour when the look you’re after is a gleaming finish. Rub the flour in with a soft cloth, and then rinse and dry.
- Club soda will do the sparkle trick as well. After placing the stopper in your sink, pour some club soda in and rub with a soft cloth. As always, dry with a soft cloth to prevent water spots and surface rust.
- Add some shine with a few drops of baby oil. Wipe off with paper toweling and repeat for added shine.
Some things are best avoided: A few DONT’S for Stainless care…
- Don’t let soap cleansers dry on the sink’s surface. Rinse regularly to keep the chlorides found in most cleansers from affecting the natural luster of stainless.
- Don’t use steel wool pads. The iron particles that are left behind can lead to rust and corrosion. For hard-to-clean projects, try a ScotchBrite scouring pad when the job at hand requires a little extra effort, again in the direction of the grain.
- Don’t leave steel and cast iron cookware in your sink for extended periods of time. Iron plus moisture on top of stainless can lead to surface rust and staining.
- Don’t let rubber dish mats, wet sponges and cleaning pads stay in your sink for a lengthy time. They trap water, discoloration and staining can result.
Don’t use your sink as a cutting board. Knives and other sharp kitchen instruments will naturally damage the surface of your sink