Care and Cleaning of Your Stainless Steel Sink
Stainless steel needs to be cleaned for aesthetic considerations and to preserve corrosion resistance.
Stainless steel sinks will not stain. Like any surface that is exposed to the environment, stainless steel can get dirty. They are not self-cleaning, but they can be cleaned and scrubbed to bring your sink back to its original luster.
Add a weekly or as needed thorough cleaning using a soft abrasive cleaner, ideally Bon-Ami or Zud. Unlike porcelain sinks, durable stainless stands up strongly to abrasive cleansers.
Maintaining the beauty of Stainless, the easy care way…
How to clean stainless steel sinks? Follow these few simple steps, and your stainless products from Just will retain their original beauty for years to come.
- Wet the interior surfaces of the sink.
- Spread the powered cleaner evenly about the sink.
- Fold a paper towel and dampen to create a cleaning pad. Remember always to scrub in the direction of the polish lines so that your efforts blend with the surface of your sink. For a less aggressive approach, try cleaning your sink with baking soda instead of the soft abrasive cleaner.
- When all sink surface have been cleaned, rinse well.
- After rinsing well, use a regular liquid dish detergent with warm or hot water to throuroghly soap the sink compartment. This will help to remove any cleaner residue and to make the sink sparkle.
- Rinse sink completely with cold water, removing all soap residue and bubbles.
- Dry your sink with a dry towel or rag. The sink will sparkle and water spots will be gone.
Looking For That Extra Sparkle?
- Baking soda makes a great stainless steel sink cleaner because it’s abrasive enough to scrub away light hard water deposits and stuck-on grease and food, but not so abrasive as to scratch shiny stainless steel fixtures like faucets. You can then rinse the sink with vinegar, which will bubble and fizz. Vinegar naturally disinfects while helping remove hard water stains from your stainless steel sink.
- 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.
- 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.
Some things are best avoided: A few DONT’S for Stainless care...
- Don’t let soap cleansers dry on the sink’s surface. Rinsing regularly is how 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 may leave particles embedded on the surface which 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.