Just like any good quality sink of any material, regular care is required to keep stainless steel sinks looking brand new. There are a set number of ways to clean and maintain the sinks if they are in your kitchen if you wish to enjoy years of service and still keep its appearance to suit the overall feel of your kitchen. It doesn’t matter who you are, even a Tax Lawyer can adopt these tips and tricks.
Rinsing and cleaning
After every use, rinse the sink with warm water. Use a rag or your hands to clear dust, debris and anything stuck on the surface. The warm water makes the next step easier. Pour your sink cleaner of choice, preferably something without harsh chemicals, on a soft non-abrasive cloth or sponge. Depending on the direction of the finish, apply the soap on the entire sink, including the sink rim and faucet. To avoid scratches, the wiping should occur parallel to the stainless steel brush lines. Once done, raise the surfaces. To finish off, dab (not rub) all the surfaces completely dry using a clean towel or cloth. For an added touch of perfection, use a lint-free, soft cloth to polish the sink.
How to remove water stains
Mineral deposits can stain your sink- that is why wiping your sink dry is essential. Should this happen, lemon juice or white vinegar will do the trick. Take a rag and soak it in your fluid of choice and place it on the affected area. After an hour, use a grout brush to scrub it off. At this time the deposit would have softened enough for easy removal. Once done, rinse it thoroughly and dry the area.
Once a week, take extra time to clean your sink thoroughly. You can use home remedies to do so; baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar or cream of tartar get the job done efficiently. Baking soda is ideal if you’re concerned about chemicals coming into contact with the dishes. It’s also abrasive and works well when needing to scrub away water deposits or grease. Another item you can use from your pantry is flour. Use a soft cloth to rub the surfaces. After rinsing and drying, you can expect to notice a sparkle in your sink.
- Avoid directing dirt and debris from your countertop into the sink. The cleaning of both should be done separately.
- Rubber dish mats and wet sponges, if left in the sink for too long, will cause staining. Once finished, place them in a container away from the basin
- Avoid using steel wool pads and bleach on your stainless steel sink. These products are abrasive and harsh, and they damage the sink’s surface.
- Don’t use the sink as a chopping board.