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Stainless steel is a wonderful invention. It does not get corroded easily, and guess what, it cannot be worn out by too much cleaning! No wonder it is the backbone of every kitchen.
Keeping a stainless steel sink clean is important to prevent corrosion. What if you knew how to restore that sheen to your water-spotted, dulled sink? A sparkling new stainless steel sink doesn’t have to be a stuff of dreams.
Here are some steps and tips to clean your stainless steel sink and keep it shining like brand new!
Cleaning a Stainless Steel Sink
Most of the daily-use utensils in our kitchens are made of stainless steel, which means that the detergents you use to clean the utensils can be used for the sink as well. Use sponges soaked in warm water with detergents for a quick clean.
The vinegar will bubble and fizz. Rinse with water to leave the sink completely stain-free. It normally takes around 5 minutes for this whole procedure.
Related: 24 Brilliant Uses of Vinegar
For Cleaning Difficult to Reach Surfaces:
To clean surfaces that are difficult to reach, dip an old toothbrush in some baking soda, wet it a little, and rub the surfaces.
Add on Cleaning Methods:
- If the sink has stubborn stains, try mixing 3 parts cream of tartar with 1 part hydrogen peroxide and let the mixture sit and dry on the surface of the sink. Afterward, wipe it with a wet sponge.
- Using all-purpose flour is an excellent way to make it shine. Make sure your sink is dry and then, just buff the flour over the surface of the sink, using a dry cloth. Move-in circular motions, applying very little pressure. Then wipe it out. How do you like this new sheen?
- Lemon and orange peels can be put to good use by rubbing them against the sinks in small, circular strides. This will rid the sink of any odor and also keep it shining like new.
For Polishing and Keeping Your Stainless Steel Sink Shining:
Club soda can also be used to polish the inner surface. Use a cloth dipped in club soda and rub it along the sink’s surface. This can be done once in two-three months to refresh the sink.
After cleaning your sink, buff it with a few drops of olive oil with a paper towel. This will make sure your sink is shining and clean for several weeks to come.
Daily Maintenance of Stainless Steel Sink
Abrasive cleaners can be used daily. Use warm water and sponges to clean your sink with them.
Since the soaps and detergents we use to clean utensils have high chloride content, it is advisable to not let any lather sit in the sink. It might lead to corrosion. Instead, rinse out the sink with running water after every use.
After every use, wipe the interior of the sink with a dry cloth. Letting water droplets dry on the surface leads to some ugly water spots. However, water spots can be cleaned by rubbing the surface with white vinegar.
1. Some of these cleaning agents can damage your hands, so I would advise you to wear gloves at all times.
2. Finishing your cleaning session with a few drops of baby oil or olive oil to keep it clean for a long time.
3. Always remember to work your way along the polish lines.
4. Steel wool should be avoided as much as possible. Use cloth scrubbers like “Scotch Brite” instead.
5. Don’t leave harsh chemicals such as chlorine on the sink surface. This can cause damage.
So, you don’t have to hop in your car and go buy stuff to clean your sink – most of these are household items. Daily maintenance of your sink is as important as thoroughly cleaning it, which should be done once every few weeks.
What do you say? Ready to start cleaning?