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Picture this: a sparkling new stainless steel sink. Now picture this: what if you knew how to restore that sheen to your water-spotted, dulled sink?
Stainless steel is a wonderful invention. It does not get corroded, no rust, 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 spotless and clean is important so as to prevent corrosion. Luckily for us, it is really simple to keep them 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.
Another quick and easy way to bring back the lustre in one of these sinks is by using a paste of baking soda and water. Simply rub the paste on the basin, and then rinse with white vinegar. The vinegar will bubble and fizz. Rinse with water to leave the sink completely stain-free. I normally take around 5 minutes for this whole procedure.
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 Method:
If the stains are unwilling to leave your sink, 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. Afterwards, wipe it with a wet sponge.
All-purpose flour is an excellent extra step. 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 sinks of any odour and also keep them 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 move along the polish lines of the sink. This can be done every once in two-three months to refresh the polish of 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 shimmery 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 drive with a few drops of baby oil or olive oil keeps 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.
So, really, 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. Keeping the lustre of the sink intact is no rocket science, either. I think there’s another reason why stainless steel haunts our kitchens.
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