The Right Way to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

December 18, 2010

Stainless steel is an increasingly popular option for all kinds of things in the kitchen , including the kitchen sink. The only complaint you ever really hear about stainless steel kitchen sinks is that they are hard to clean, that homeowners have a difficult time removing grease stains or fingerprints that spoil the otherwise very elegant and attractive appearance of the average kitchen sink.

There is in fact indeed a certain way you should go about cleaning and caring for your stainless steel kitchen sink (or any other stainless steel element in your home) but it is not particularity complicated.

Everyday Cleaning for Stainless Steel Sinks

For every day, basic clean up of your stainless steel sink all you really need is a clean cloth and some warm water. Wipe the sink in the direction of the polish marks or the fine lines that can be observed in the sink. To follow up take a second, clean and dry cloth to dry the sink. If stainless steel sinks are left to air dry they do have a tendency to spot and streak so this is really the only way to achieve that mirror like finish you are looking for.

To remove grease and grime white vinegar works wonders. Just apply it in the same manner as you did the warm water and then rinse and dry the sink again.

Then there are those pesky fingerprints, which stainless steel does seem to attract more easily than any other household surface. The solution to the problem is not hard though, a simple wipe down with a standard household glass cleaner should do the trick every time.

Getting Rid of Tricky Stains on Your Stainless Steel Sink

If paint or some other substance has stained your stainless steel sink, or over time the finish has   dulled  commercial polishers can help. Just make sure that you read the instructions very carefully and that this is a cleaner especially designed for use on stainless steel.

Rust on the other hand can be removed with a simple mixture of cream of tartar and lemon juice. Mix a tablespoon of the cream of tartar with a just a few drops of lemon juice and mix it together to form a paste. Smooth it onto the the rust stain and then vigorously, but carefully, rub it in in the direction of the fine lines again.

Leave the mixture in place for fifteen minutes to an hour (depending on how big the rust stain is) and then rinse away with clean water and dry the sink and the rust should be gone.

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One Response to The Right Way to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

  1. plumbing on March 30, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Stainless steel sinks can withstand a whole generation if cared and maintained properly. Thanks to this vast array of tips it can be made by moms on their home.

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