How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

What You'll Need
Baking soda
Toothbrush
Paper towels
Rag
Vinegar
Olive oil
Rubber drain stopper
Protective mask
Protective goggles
Latex gloves

No one wants to clean stainless steel sink basins, but that is a downside that comes with ownership. Stainless steel is a great product because it adds class to the dullest kitchen. Many appliances are made out of stainless steel because they are very low maintenance. Their only deterrent is that they are pricey. Because they do cost so much it is important to keep them looking sharp and new. The most used item in the kitchen is typically the sink and it can become less than glamorous in a short period of time. Food can be left in them, soap residue left for days and streaks are quite common. A clean stainless steel sink is a happy sink. The article that follows will show you how to properly clean stainless steel sink basins.

Step 1 - Initial Soak

Like any other stainless steel product in your home they are bound to get dirty. Bleach is a very powerful chemical agent that can remove stains and brighten any surface. Stainless steel is no exception. Put the rubber drain stopper in place for each side of the sink. Put on your protective goggles and face mask as bleach can be very harmful if breathed. Remove the cap from the bottle of bleach and pour the bleach into the cap until full. Put the bleach into one side of the sink then repeat with the other side of the sink. Turn on the hot water and fill both sides of the sink until the water nearly reaches the top. Put on your latex gloves and soak several paper towels in the bleach water and place them along the stainless steel rim. Be careful to not let the paper towels over lap to the counter. Allow the sink and paper towels to remain for two hours then remove the paper towels and drain the sink.

Step 2 - Streak Removal

Streaks are very common with stainless steel and they are difficult to remove even if you use bleach. Removing streaks is as easy as scrubbing them with a paper towel containing some olive oil.

Step 3 - Removing Oily Residue

Baking soda and hot water can remove nearly anything you can think of and oil is one such thing. Take a container of baking soda and sprinkle it all around the sink. Run the hot water and dip a paper towel in it and then wring it out. Use this damp paper towel to scrub the sink. Rinse the remaining baking soda from the sink with hot water. You can use a toothbrush to get into tight spots and grout areas.

Step 4 - Polishing

You can clean stainless steel sink basins until they look like they are brand new right from the factory. To do this you will use one simple common household item: vinegar. The acid in the vinegar will remove just about anything. Use white or cider vinegar poured on a rag then buff the stainless steel sink.

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