Many homeowners prefer a stainless steel kitchen sink over other any other type due to their exceptional durability, affordability, and large bowl capacity. Just like porcelain sinks, however, stainless steel needs to be regularly cleaned and maintained.
Here are some basic maintenance guidelines for caring for your stainless steel kitchen sink.
1) Rinse: Using warm water and either your hands or a rag, rinse the entire sink. This clears off dust and softens/loosens caked-on substances.
- Pour some sink cleaner on a soft cloth or nonabrasive sponge. Rubbing in the direction of your finish, apply the cleanser on your entire stainless steel sink, including the basin, sink rim, and faucet.
- Use a toothbrush for tight spots, and for wiping the drain and garbage disposal edges.
- Wipe the surface in a parallel direction to the brush lines.
3) Rinse again: Rinse all surfaces, then dry, using a clean cloth or towel. Don’t rub, but dab, ensuring it is bone dry.
4) Polish your sink using a lint-free, soft cloth.
Removing Hard Stains
Water spots can form even if your water is soft. This is the result of minerals causing hard water deposits in all types of water.
- To remove stubborn water spots or lime scale, use lemon juice or vinegar. After soaking a rag in white, undiluted vinegar or lemon juice, lay it over the area that’s affected.
- Allow the rag to sit for up to an hour so that the lime scale can be softened before you scrub it off, using a grout brush.
- Finally, rinse the area thoroughly with water.
- Sinks should be cleaned at least once a week for proper maintenance.
- Good alternatives to sink cleansers may include baking soda, vinegar, or cream of tartar and lemon. Baking soda is ideal as it has enough abrasive to scrub off grease and water deposits. Another advantage of baking soda is that you don’t need to be concerned about chemical residues coming in contact with dishes.
- You can add additional sparkle or a gleaming finish to your sink by applying flour powder. Use a soft cloth to rub in the flour and then rinse and dry your sink.
- Clean your kitchen counter tops before cleaning your sink so that debris or crumbs don’t fall into your sink.
- Never use your sink as a cutting board.
- Don’t let wet sponges or rubber dish mats remain on your sink for a long time, as they can trap water, which results in staining.
- Avoid using steel wool pads or chlorine bleach on stainless steel because these products can damage the surface.
If you’re considering a stainless steel kitchen sink, AKDY offers a full line of kitchen sinks and faucets, Please contact us for help finding the perfect sink for your kitchen.