Cleaning stainless steel sinks isn’t exactly a cleaning job that is enjoyed. It can be hard work when surface stains, such as rust, paint or just everyday wear and tear, blemish the steel’s surface and cleaning it by conventional means without a hint or two on how to do it can become more of an annoyance than a chore. Thankfully there is the internet, and its many friendly suggestions by those that truly want to see anyone doing chores such as cleaning stainless steel sinks, are able to finish those said chores in a much faster amount of time. So keeping true to internet tradition, here is a list of the top 5 best possible ways to get any stainless steel sink clean and shining with ingredients easily found in the home and non of those harsh chemicals.
Using a steel dish pad and mild dish soap, clean the surface of the sink in a circular motion. First be sure to remove any residue that may have built up on its surface with a sponge and warm water, concentrating on any heavy stain with good old arm power and the steel dish pad. Eventually the surface’s shine will come out. Not everyone will opt to choose this method as it can leave scratches in the steel’s surface.
This method is a little gentler. All that is needed is baking soda, vinegar and a soft sponge. Remove any residue or dirt that is easily removed from the surface of the stainless steel sink with a sponge and warm water and then apply the baking soda to any areas left where dirt still remains. Add the vinegar and allow it to foam, keeping in mind that its smell can irritate the eyes – therefore please keep the room well ventilated when cleaning. After letting the chemical reaction between the two ingredients do their magic, wipe the sides of the sink with a soft sponge and warm water to remove the solution. The steel should be left shining.
Crème de tartar and lemon juice. Yes, that’s right. These two more easily found kitchen ingredients create a potent mix that together can tackle heavy stains such as rust which can be terrible hard to remove from the surface of a stainless steel sink. Apply the mix to the stain, let it sit for a while and then rub clean the sink’s surface.
Baby oil and a clean towel. After removing any dirt or grime on the sink’s surface with a sponge and warm water. Afterwards, use the baby oil and the clean towel to buff the sink’s surface as one would when shining the surface of a trophy’s metal. This care should shine the surface, buffing out any scratches and stains. The trick to remember is to just use a small amount of oil and not slather it on to the metal’s surface.
The final way to clean stainless steel sinks without a headache is bleach, hot water and a sponge. Fill the sink with hot water and then add a small amount of bleach (see bleach’s instructions). Allow this solution to soak the sink for an hour or so. After this time has passed, release the water from the sink and gently clean the sides with a sponge and clean water. The surface will be left clean.
For the homeowner who doesn’t want to use harsh chemicals on the surface of their stainless steel sink (which in itself can leave discoloration), this list of 5 ways to get that sink shining will help.
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