Guide to Removing Hard Water Stains on Stainless Steel Sinks

stainless steel kitchen sink
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What You'll Need
Baking soda
Baby oil or olive oil
Store-bought cleaner like Brasso
Soft cloths or sponges
Rubber gloves
Club soda

A stainless steel sink has great style, but it also takes some work to keep clean. Removing hard water stains often goes with the territory of owning such a trendy sink.

Stainless steel continues to be a popular finish for most kitchen appliances and sought after by homeowners coast to coast. Learning how to keep it clean is a must for anyone who wants to keep the integrity of the sink. Hard water can be the enemy making the sink look dull and soiled at the same time. Ugly white spots are hard to get rid of but not impossible. True, if you have a water softener, you might be in luck, but many homeowners do not.

Here are some simple steps for keeping your stainless steel kitchen sink looking as good as the day you bought it.

    Step 1 - Get Prepared

    Start the cleaning process of your stainless steel sink by putting on a pair of rubber gloves and wiping the sink dry with a soft clean cloth.

    Step 2 - Cover with Cleaner and Polish

    Either use a store-bought product like Brasso or a natural ingredient. If you choose a store-bought one, read the directions carefully and do a small test in one corner of the sink. Use a drop of Brasso on a clean cloth and rub it on the stain. Next, polish the areas with a clean cloth so that there is no product or stain visible.

    If you decide to go with what’s in your kitchen cabinet, like baking soda, mix it with some water to create a thick paste. Next, spread it on the stains and rub it into the sink area in a circular motion using a soft cloth or sponge. Do not use a scouring pad, harsh sponge or steel wool as these can all cause damaging scratching to the stainless steel. After rubbing the baking soda moisture in, rinse with cool water and wipe dry.

    Using vinegar is also another simple, easy way to clean your stainless steel. Vinegar has long been used for centuries to clean because of its acid levels. The best way to use vinegar on a stainless steel sink is to mix it with water and let it sit overnight. The next day, rinse and blot dry. Your sink will be super shiny.

    Step 3 - Reduce Scratches (If Needed)

    A good and easy way to address stainless steel sink scratches is to use a drop of baby oil or even olive oil. Place a few drops of either on a clean, white cloth and rub on the scratches. The scratches will disappear before your very eyes.

    Step 4 - Stop Streaking

    Streaking is often a problem with stainless steel sinks especially when hard water is a factor. One option in removing streaks is to try a little bit of club soda rubbed into the streak. Then rinse with water.