Caring for Your Stainless Steel Sink
Stainless steel has a timeless, elegant look that fits any dÃ©cor and looks beautiful
in any setting. A stainless steel kitchen sink is durable, easy to keep clean and
disinfect, and will only grow more beautiful with age â€“ if you take proper care of
Stainless steel sinks are made from stainless steel made with nickel. The finish is
usually satiny and smooth rather than chrome-shiny. Stainless steel is tough â€“ it
resists rust, chipping, nicking and cracking. It wonâ€™t stain or fade or discolor.
Itâ€™s easy to clean with a household cleanser, and believe it or not â€“ it helps
protect glasses and dishes from breaking if you drop them. With that much going for
them, itâ€™s no surprise that stainless steel is the most popular material for a
Despite all that, though, there are a few things that can damage your stainless steel
sink. Problem: Chlorides that are used in most soaps and bleaches these days can eat
away at the steel.
Solution: Rinse sink well after each use.
Solution: Some scratches are natural and will blend into the sinkâ€™s finish. You can
avoid the worst of them by avoiding the use of steel wool on your sink. Instead, use
a soft scouring liquid (Soft Scour) to avoid scratching the finish.
Problem: Hard water can leave stains or wear on the finish.
Solution: Wipe the sink dry after use, and clean it thoroughly once a week.
Problem: Salty foods can damage the stainless steel finish.
Solution: Always rinse your sink thoroughly after using it.
Routine Care for Stainless Steel Sinks
- Clean the sink with soapy water, or a stainless steel cleaner (Spray N Sheen
Stainless Steel Cleaner/Polish/Protectant) once or twice a week.
- Disinfect the sink surface regularly with an all purpose disinfectant,
remembering to leave the solution on for the recommended length of time.
- Donâ€™t use your sink as a cutting board. A knife can leave deep nicks or
scratches that may rust and destroy the sinkâ€™s finish.
- Once or twice a month, fill the sink half full with a 50/50 solution of
bleach and water or a special stainless steel cleaner (Stainless Steel Cleaner). Let
it soak for about 15 minutes, then wash the sides and bottom and let it drain.
Remember to wipe dry when done.
- Scour in the direction of the finish lines. Scouring across them can damage
- Donâ€™t let liquid soap or other cleansers dry on the sink. Rinse well and
Caring for your stainless steel sink properly will ensure that you get years of life
from it. Just remember, wash regularly, disinfect daily, polish weekly and dry after
Author Vincent Platania represents the Fuller Brush Company.
Fuller Brush has been in business since 1906, and offers safe, environmentally
friendly products for keeping your home and your body clean.
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