Stainless steel sinks are incredibly durable and they are coated with chromium, making it resistant to tarnishing and rusting. The surface however, can be damaged by dirt and grime so it is very important to keep it clean – not just for your sink’s sake but for your health as well.
Use a good liquid dish detergent and squirt a little in the sink while the water is running to create suds. If there is a lot of grease present, use a detergent like Joy or Dawn to cut the grease. Use a brush made of soft, nylon bristles or a pot scrubber, to scrub the bottom and sides of the sink while the sudsy water is still sitting in it. Once the sink has been scrubbed, let the water out and rinse. Using a paper towel, pour some distilled white vinegar on it and wipe the sink down. This will add shine to your sink. (Note: Do not scrub sink with a steel wool pad, brillo pad or scrubber made of copper.)
If you have tougher food and grease to get rid of, then pour a little baking soda in the sink and scrub with a paper towel, sponge or damp cloth. You can choose to use more abrasive cleaners such as Ajax or another cleanser but the baking soda is a natural alternative and will remove odors from the sink and drain. Remember to always scrub in the direction of the grain in order to avoid scratching it.
To remove stains from your sink – start with 3 tablepoons of creme of tarter and one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, dip a soft cloth into this mixture and rub it on the stain. If the stain is really a tough one, then use a nylon brush or pot scrubber. Again, don’t use steel wool, brillo pad or scrubbers made of copper.
To shine and remove streaks from your stainless steel sink, cut a lemon in half and rub it all around your sink. Follow up with club soda or olive oil.
Avoid abrasive cleaners as these will scratch the surface of your sink. Always remember to scrub with the grain, not against it.
Don’t use bleach or chlorine to clean your sink because the ions in these chemicals react negatively to stainless steel. You can get grey or yellow spots due to oxidization from these chemicals.
Using steel wool, brillo pads, or steel bristle brushes can cause your stainless steel sink to form rust on the surface.