As the warm weather settles in and the days get longer, so do our to-do lists. There’s so much wintery dust to shake off, and so much to scrub in order to rejuvenate our homes for a new season. This is especially true in our most-used spaces, like the kitchen. So if your stainless steel sink (or appliances) could use some extra love this spring, here are our top tips for a stainless steel finish your guests will envy.
Everyday: It’s as simple as water! If you take just 30 seconds out of your busy day to rinse your sink with water and dry the basin/faucet with a soft cloth, your sink will thank you. Keeping your sink dry is one of the easiest and most important tips to keep it free of stains.
Once a week:Saturate your sink with a mild cleaner, such as Bar Keepers Friend®. Add a small amount of water to make a paste. With a sponge or soft cloth, work the paste into the sink, scrubbing with the grain of the steel. This not only cleans your sink but blends small scratches into the finish. And, of course, rinse, and dry thoroughly.
For stains:Did you know stainless steel is prone to surface discoloration, which many people confuse with rust? But our sinks don’t rust. If you see brown discoloration throughout the surface of your sink, once again break out that mild stainless steel cleaner, or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser®.
- •DO: Prevent discoloration and water spots by rinsing/drying your sink daily.
- •DON’T: Worry. It’s not rust!
- •DON’T: Use steel wool pads to scrub.
- •DON’T: Leave rubber mats in the bottom of the sink.
- •DON’T: Allow salt (or chloride, which are found in most soaps and detergents), to come into contact with your sink for long periods of time.
For streaks: Add a few drops of olive oil to a cloth or paper towel and polish your sink. Rinse, and dry thoroughly.
For smudges: Pour undiluted vinegar onto a sponge or cloth, and add a drop of dish detergent. Rub over the smudges and surrounding areas. Rinse, and dry thoroughly.
With these simple tips, you can easily revive your stainless steel sink or appliance to its original luster and cross one more task off your spring cleaning list.