Stainless steel has been the undisputed choice for kitchen sinks the world over. The reasons being steel is sturdy, resistant to rust, abrasion, and most importantly, stains of all kinds. In effect, stainless steel sinks are maintenance-friendly. However, keeping stainless steel sinks gleaming, and grime-free still requires much work. So, here are some tips and tricks on how to maintain stainless steel kitchen sinks:
Cleansers available for cleaning metals are also good for cleaning steel. They are non-abrasive and so do not scratch the surface of the metal. Apply a small amount of this cleanser on a damp cloth and rub it gently over the stainless steel sink. Work your way through the entire area along the grain, then rinse any surplus. Do not be tempted to use steel wool, brushes, and abrasive pads. They will do more harm than good.
A regular cleaning routine sets the stage for keeping your sinks spotless and sparkling for years to come. Your daily routine is a simple wash with a liquid utensil cleaner. Every week use a utensil scrubber to gently remove any grease or grime in the corners and the drain. Your yearly routines may include waxing and decalcification to remove stains and grit formed from hard water.
Most cleansers for cleaning steel sinks available in stores are chemical-based and may leave a residue on your utensils and produce toxic vapors. If you want to go chemical-free and turn environmentally friendly, you may use cleaning solutions from your kitchen shelf. Vinegar works wonders on hard water stains and also works as a disinfectant. Baking soda can be used to polish but is abrasive, so try club soda instead. If you want to polish your stainless steel sink, then wipe the sink with a sponge cloth dipped in club soda. The effects are dramatic.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. So, you can skip the regular polishing routines by protecting the floor of the sink with a sink mat or rack. They keep away the scratches. Use only non-chlorine, alkaline cleansers to prevent pitting and rusting. Consider using a water softener unit to avoid salt deposition from hard water.