How to Remove Ugly White Stains From Stainless Steel Sinks

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Stainless steel sinks and faucets regularly develop hard water stains over time.
Stainless steel sinks and faucets regularly develop hard water stains over time. (Image: just a sink image by Pix by Marti from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Stainless steel’s hardness and ability to repel stains make is a popular material for kitchens and home appliances. Stainless steel, however, is susceptible to hard water stains that appear on your kitchen sink. Hard water leaves white marks on sinks that cannot always be removed by simply washing with water and soap. Luckily, the items you’ll need to remove these stains are probably already in your home. If not, you can purchase them at any grocery store.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Cloths
  • Water
  • Baking soda

Soak a clean cloth in white vinegar. Soak several cloths if the white hard water stains are extensive.

Lay the cloth over the white stains on your sink. Leave the cloths on the stains overnight.

Rinse the area in the morning with clear water. Rub with a clean, dry cloth until the stainless steel is completely dry. This will prevent watermarks from developing.

Mix a paste of 1 tbsp. of baking soda and a few drops of water if the hard water marks are still visible. The baking soda will act as a mild abrasive and should remove the hard water stains.

Use the corner of a clean, damp cloth to rub the baking soda paste into the stains.

Rinse the area with clear water and rub with a clean, dry cloth until the stainless steel is completely dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean your sink as soon as you notice hard water stains, which can worsen over time and cause permanent damage to your sink.
  • Avoid abrasive cleaning pads such as steel wool, which can scratch stainless steel.
  • Baking soda should not scratch your stainless steel, but use it as a last resort in cleaning.

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