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Removing Stains From Stainless Steel Sinks

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Introduction

Stainless steel sinks are known for their high durability and resistance to rust; however, many things will stain them if it is not taken care of properly.

Coffee and Tea: Coffee and Tea will leave a brown or grey rings on stainless steel sinks

Tomato-Based Foods: Tomatoes are an everyday item in many kitchens throughout the world, but they also leave behind a stubborn red stain on stainless steel sinks due to their high acidity level.

Grease & Oil: Grease and Oil stains are one of the most difficult types of stains to remove from stainless steel sinks. The best method of removing oil and grease is to use a metal-based cleaner that is specifically made for stainless steel sinks.

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How to clean stainless steel sink stains

One of the most common ways to clean a stainless-steel sink is using baking soda and water. This method is useful for coffee, tea, tomato-based stains, and other hard-to-remove stains.


For general cleaning after every use:

1) Mix one tablespoon of baking soda in two tablespoons of warm water

2) Use a clean non-abrasive cloth or sponge to rub the mixture onto the stainless-steel sink.

3) Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly.


Once per week:

1) Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of warm water

2) Use a clean non-abrasive cloth or sponge to rub the mixture onto the stainless-steel sink.

3) Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly.

4) After drying, spray some non-stick cooking oil on the sink and wipe it off for a nice shine that reduces fingerprints on your stainless-steel sink.

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For cleaning tough stains:

1) Combine one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of water to make a paste.

2) Apply this mixture to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub away with a regular sponge or brush.

3) Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly.

4) If you have stubborn stains that do not come off after using the first method, try using a metal-based stainless-steel cleaner that you can find at your local grocery store.


To prevent stains from occurring:

1) Rinse out all cooking utensils immediately after use to avoid having to clean tough stains.

2) Do not let water stand in the sink for extended periods of time as this will increase the chances of stains occurring.

3) Use a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to clean the sink.

4) Use a quality metal polish on stainless steel sinks that have been cleaned and dried to restore the shine.

Stainless steel is a durable material that also looks great in any kitchen. However, it needs to be cared for properly, like most materials. If you clean your sink soon after cooking with heavy-duty cleaners and never put metal silverware in your dishwasher, you should be able to keep it looking shiny and new for a very long time.

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To remove rust from stainless steel sinks:

1) Use a metal-based cleaner that is specifically made for stainless steel sinks.

2) Apply this mixture to the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing with a regular sponge or brush.

3) Wipe dry with a clean towel and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

4) If the rust remains, you may need to repeat steps 1-3 as many times as you can until the rust softens and eventually wipes right off.

5) After your stainless-steel sink is free of rust, use Boeshield T-9 to remove any scuff marks left over from the rust and also to buff off the watermarks.

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To prevent rust from occurring:

1) Rinse out and dry all cooking utensils immediately after use then dry off your stainless-steel sink.

2) Do not let water stand in the sink for extended periods of time as this will increase the chances of rust forming.

3) Use a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to clean the sink.

4) Make sure burners do not get to near to your sink.

5) Do not let lemon juice, vinegar, or other acidic liquids sit in the sink for extended periods of time as this will increase the chances of corrosion.


Conclusion

Stainless steel sinks are not only easier to clean than most other materials but they also look great and last a long time. If you follow these tips and cleaning methods, you could potentially make your stainless-steel sink last a good number of years longer than its predicted shelf life. Taking care of these small details makes such a huge difference in your kitchen hence take care of the little things because one day it will make big impact.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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