Contrary to popular belief, stainless steel is not immune to stains, scratches or wear and tear. While it is more durable and typically more impervious to stains, it can still get stained every once in awhile.
The good news is most of the time these stains can be removed with items used around the house, but even if the at-home solutions don’t work there are also some great products out there you can use to restore your stainless steel sink back to its beautiful luster!
So how exactly do stains happen in stainless steel sinks? Stains can happen any number of ways whether it is from hard water, acidic foods or any number of chemicals or cleaner you may pour down your sink.
While you’re probably not pouring highly toxic chemicals down your sink, just every day acidic items in your kitchen and house can react with the stainless steel to cause stains.
Time and use will wear down anything, so don’t be alarmed if your stainless steel stains because there are plenty of solutions.
As I mentioned, there are several options when it comes to cleaning your stainless steel sink, some with items around the house and some with store bought cleaners. My advice is to always use what’s around the house for maintenance and then go for the heavy duty store bought cleaner for the tougher stains and deep clean every once in awhile. Store-bought cleaners are always going to be more abrasive and have a greater chance of dulling your stainless steel. By using a more gentle cleaner on a regular basis, you will still keep your sink clean while also extending it’s life and durability.
These are my personal go-to solutions for keeping my stainless steel sink clean and sparkling. If you don’t have these few items already sitting around your house, I would suggest getting them because you can use them to clean everything from your sink to pans to kitchens surfaces.
Often times it can feel like there are just too many options when it comes to cleaners. I’ve rounded up a few of the top brands as well as the best eco-friendly options.
Avoiding stains and scratches is always the goal, right? Thankfully, there are ways you can avoid or lessen the chance of stains and scratches in your stainless steel sink altogether.
Being able to identify stains is often times the first step in deciding how to get rid of it. Here are a few common stains you may encounter with your stainless steel sink.
Stains happen, even to stainless steel. The great news is most of the time the stains can be removed and your stainless steel can be restored to its former glory.
Just like with any appliance or tool knowing how to keep your sink clean and maintain it on a day-to-day basis will save you from having to put in a lot of work later.
Making sure to rinse your sink out after you use it will ensure any harsh chemical or acidity is not left to sit and stain the surface.
Also investing in a good polish for your stainless steel will help to lengthen its life and luster. Just remember, Barkeeper’s Friend is truly your friend!
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