Cleaning Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks

by Bonnie Roberts
(last updated July 14, 2014)

1

Stainless steel is an important material in today's kitchens. It's sanitary, durable, and user-friendly. Another great quality of stainless steel is its modern, clean look. When shined, it can become quite beautiful. What's that you say? Your stainless steel sink isn't very beautiful? Help is here. Use one of the following methods to get that sink clean and shiny in a snap.

You should clean your stainless steel sink about once a week or as needed. The first three of the following cleaning methods involve natural, everyday products, and all are free from harsh chemicals and abrasives.

  • Olive oil: Simply put olive oil on a cloth and rub it all over the sink and fixtures. Then go over it again with another dry cloth. Your sink will be clean, shiny and free of water spots.
  • Vinegar: You can spray on a solution of vinegar and water, which will remove water spots. Then wipe everything down with a dry rag. Don't worry; the vinegar smell evaporates quickly.
  • Baking soda: Just dissolve 2 teaspoons baking soda in a cup of water. Use a sponge to clean the sink with this solution, using a circular motion. Rinse and dry the sink.
  • Soft Scrub: Purchase Soft Scrub that is bleach-free. Follow the instructions on the container to clean your sink. Rinse and dry with a cloth or paper towel.
  • Powdered cleanser: Purchase a powdered sink cleanser such as Comet, Ajax, or Bar Keeper's Friend. Follow label instructions. This isn't as convenient as the other options above, but it'll get your sink really clean.
  • Stainless steel polish: This comes in a can and is sprayed onto the sink. Follow instructions on the container. This stuff is great because it cleans off grease, food, and water stains. It also polishes the sink to a high shine and even deposits a protective layer to keep grime from building up.

Keep in mind that some tools (like steel wool) are abrasive and can scratch the sink, and bleach- or chloride-based products are too harsh, so be careful what comes into contact with your sink.

To keep your sink looking its best, wipe it out once a day or after each use. Use a dabbing action with a towel. This will prevent water spots and keep the steel shining.

Author Bio

Bonnie Roberts

MORE FROM BONNIE

Cleaning a Whiteboard

If your whiteboard is now a grayboard, this article is for you. It describes how to routinely dry-clean your board with a ...

Discover More

Removing Staph from Surfaces

Staph is an infectious bacteria that lives on human skin. It can be controlled by cleaning public surfaces with antibacterial ...

Discover More

Alternative Toilet Cleansers

If you're looking for a natural or non-toxic toilet cleanser, you're sure to find one in this list. Products you can use ...

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Pipe

Not all pipe problems call for a plumber. In many cases, you can clean out pipes yourself using certain tools and methods.

Discover More

Removing Garbage Disposal Odors

Have you noticed that no matter how hard you seem to try, that there are some times when you just can't seem to prevent that ...

Discover More

Dealing with Grease Blockages

Kitchen sinks have a tendency to collect all sorts of nasty little things, such as grease, over time. Without proper care or ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 + 0?

2014-07-14 06:53:50

Milton Forde

How can I forward specific articles to others?

MF


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.