Stainless steel sinks are a popular choice in the modern kitchen. Stainless steel sinks are very durable and don't stain. However, the minerals from hard water and improper cleaning can leave your sink with spots that contain harmful bacteria. Cleaning your sink regularly helps to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria which causes diseases.
These tips will help you learn how to clean a stainless steel sink without scratching and damaging it.
What You Will Need
You need the correct tools and cleaning products to properly clean your sink without damaging it. Unlike ceramic sinks, which require high maintenance, a stainless steel sink will need the essentials like;
• Tap water
• Microfiber or soft cloth
• Dish soap
• Baking soda
• White vinegar
• Spray bottle
How to Clean a Stainless-Steel Sink
Remove any Leftovers and Rinse Well
To keep your kitchen sink clean, you should remove all the food leftovers once you are done eating. Do not wait until later, as the food leftovers can cause bacteria to multiply and spread diseases.
Once you remove all the debris, rinse your sink well with tap water to clear any residue you might have left behind.
Use a Soft Toothbrush or a Scouring Pad With a Dish Soap
At least once per day, mix a small quantity of dish soap with warm water and gently scrub your sink. As you gently scrub the sink, you are getting rid of all the stains that the tap water did not wash away. Avoid using wire wool even if the stains are resistant, as you will scratch your sink.
Use Baking Soda to Remove the Resistant Stains
You can also use baking soda if the dish soap does not remove the stains. Sprinkle some baking soda and vinegar onto the sink and let it rest for a few minutes to create a foam and a fizzing sound. Then using a sponge or a soft cloth, scrub gently to remove all the stains and rinse it off with tap water.
Use a Lemon and Baking Soda
You can also use a lemon and baking soda to remove the stains in your sink. The high acid levels in lemon help to fight bacteria and leave your kitchen smelling nice. Cut a lemon into two and sprinkle your sink with a small portion of baking soda. Using each half of the lemon, gently scrub your sink and rinse it with clean water.
If your sink has rust, you can use this method to remove rust from your stainless steel sink.
Dry and Shine with Olive Oil
After cleaning your sink and it looks sparkly, dry your sink correctly with a soft dry cloth. Then, pour a small amount of olive oil onto the damp cloth and wipe around your sink to give your sink a great shine.
Things to Avoid When Cleaning a Stainless Steel Sink
• Do not let soap, sponges, or rugs dry in the kitchen sink. They will leave your sink damp and with an odor
• Avoid using steel wool or wire wool to clean the sink
• Do not leave steel or cast iron in your sink as they react with moisture and can cause rust or staining
• Avoid using knives or spoons to get rid of stains or food debris, as they will scratch your sink
• Avoid using dish soaps that contain high levels of Chloride
Cleaning your stainless steel sink should be easy when you follow the above tips. Do not wait until your sink is all rusty and smells to start looking for cleaning products. You should clean your sink at least once daily and disinfect it properly to eliminate germs.
Do not hesitate to contact us today for more information on how to take good care of your stainless steel sink.