A Stainless Steel sink can be a beautiful addition to any kitchen! The most often asked question and concern is “how do I care for my new Stainless Steel sink?”
Although, Stainless Steel sinks come in different guages, size and shapes the care and cleaning methods apply for all.
These are the things you will want to do:
Rinse, Rinse and Rinse…. your sink well after each use. Not only spray, but rub with a clean cloth or paper towel as the clean water is flowing. Simply spraying will not remove all residue or harmful deposits.
Perform Weekly Cleaning With Approved Cleaner
It is very helpful to clean the sink with an approved mild or ultra mild abrasive cleaner on a weekly basis. This will help keep the sink look shiny and new. Remember to follow grain marks that are already present. Convenient to buy as most groceries stores now sell stainless steel cleaners. Some are : Soft Scrub, Shiny Sinks, Bar Keepers Friend, Inox Cream, Cameo Stainless Steel Cleaner.
**Note:: many manufacturers approve the above cleaners best to check your product literature to see what they recommend. If you do not know the manufacturer, experiment on a small section of the sink to see what happens. I always recommend the wall of the sink which is closest to your body because you don’t readily see that surface unless you bend over and look down at it.
Always dry the sink after using and rinsing Unless pure distilled water flows from your faucet (which is not the case for most people), there will be dissolved minerals and salts in your rinse water. When the rinse water evaporates, the minerals/salts are left behind. These are the same water spots you see on your car finish. If you dry your sink after rinsing, these spots will not form. If you have hard water deposits, try to use a little white vinegar to remove them. After removal, rinse and dry the sink.
These are the things you do NOT want to do:
Rubber mats are a big no,no!
Do not use rubber mats cause big problems with stainless steel. They can trap harmful cleaning chemicals which will not be rinsed away. The water and cleaners is trapped between the rubber and the steel and never dries.
Please no scrubbing Across the Grain Certain new sinks come with a factory grain or fine polish lines. Always scrub parallel to these marks.
Do not allow cleaners or detergents to dry on surface
Cleaners and detergents can and do contain harmful chemicals which can corrode stainless steel. You can use them, but they must not be allowed to sit on the sink surface. In addition, do NOT fill the sink and allow a strong solution of chlorine bleach and water to sit in the sink. This chemical brew can cause problems. If you want to sanitize an object in a solution of chlorine bleach, use a bucket or other non stainless steel sink.
Stainless Steel and Steel wool pads are Not compatible Never use steel wool to clean a stainless steel sink. Small steel fibers will be left behind which will rust. Always use a nylon or some other synthetic cleaning pad to scour the sink. These pads used in conjunction with approved abrasive cleaners will do anything that you might have attempted with steel wool.
So there you have it! and hope helpful and answered your question on the care of maintenance of sinks made of this material.
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