How to clean a stainless steel sink
With most kitchen processes involving the pivotal kitchen sink, it’s no wonder that it requires regular cleaning to ensure that it remains 100% hygienic and spic and span. Being subjected to heat, light, water and food particles on a daily basis, it’s of utmost importance that you care for your kitchen sink correctly, so we’ve put together our top tips on how to clean a stainless steel sink and what not to do below.
1. Clean your stainless steel sink daily
Cleaning your kitchen sink on a daily basis (rather than the occasional aggressive cleaning) can remove any unwanted build-up of grime and dirt, and prevent you from spending ages trying to remove the stubborn dirt at later stage. Use a damp cloth or sponge with a mild nonabrasive detergent such as Inox crème daily to clean your stainless steel sink.
2. Avoid using your sink as a chopping board
Use a board for chopping food instead of your kitchen sink, to avoid unnecessary scratches and dents. And don’t drop sharp objects directly into the sink, rather places them in carefully in to avoid scratches to the surface.
3. How to clean rust marks on a stainless steel sink
Rust will occasionally appear on your stainless steel sink, caused by iron particles often from steel wool, water and cookware, which needs to be cleaned to avoid the rust from spreading. If the stain, rust or limescale is persistent utilize a mild, nonabrasive detergent such as Inox crème. Always rinse thoroughly after cleaning and dry with a clean soft cloth.
What to avoid when cleaning your stainless steel sink
- Avoid using bleaches that contain hypochlorite or silver dip cleaners as the acid will attack the stainless steel, and cause pitting and staining.
- When left for prolonged periods, certain foods, can cause pitting and corrosion. Examples are salt, citric fruit juices, mustard, mayonnaise and pickles.
- If strong acids; such as photographic developing liquids or denture cleansers, come into contact with the stainless steel sink, it must be cleaned immediately with clean water to avoid extreme damage.
- Don’t use steel wool pads to clean the sink, as they will scratch the surface.
Storage of household products
Product research has proven that certain household products which may be stored underneath a sink, can lead to damage of the sink’s base. Chlorine is the major culprit and can be found in: chlorine for swimming pools; household bleach; bathroom cleaning products such as toilet cleaners, mildew treatments and tile cleaners; kitchen cleaning products - especially liquid cleaners; powders for dishwashers and laundry detergents. Preserve the life and beauty of your sink by storing these products away from the sink area in a well ventilated cupboard that is preferably child-proof.
Investing time in a routine, simple gentle and inexpensive cleaning routine will retain both the corrosion resistance and the stainless steel throughout the years of exposure. Follow our tips above on how to clean your stainless steel sink.