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Caring for Your Stainless Steel Sink

by: Vincent

Stainless steel has a timeless, elegant look that fits any décor 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 – 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 – it

resists rust, chipping, nicking and cracking. It won’t stain or fade or discolor.

It’s easy to clean with a household cleanser, and believe it or not – it helps

protect glasses and dishes from breaking if you drop them. With that much going for

them, it’s no surprise that stainless steel is the most popular material for a

kitchen sink.

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.

Problem: Scratches.
Solution: Some scratches are natural and will blend into the sink’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.
- Don’t use your sink as a cutting board. A knife can leave deep nicks or

scratches that may rust and destroy the sink’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

the finish.
- Don’t let liquid soap or other cleansers dry on the sink. Rinse well and

towel dry.

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

every use.


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. Visit

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