Removing Stainless Steel Sink Stains

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Just because a sink is stainless steel doesn't mean that it is impervious to all types of stains. Learn about removing stainless steel sink stains with help from the building manager at the Living Light Community Center in this free video clip.

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Hey, Dustan Balkcom here, building manager at The Living Light Community Center. We've got a great thing in store for you today, how to actually remove stains from a stainless steel sink. So, let's check it out. Okay now we've got lots of different solutions here for our stain. What you want to do is you always want to make sure that you're starting off with the least abrasive, the least harsh solution first and then work your way up as the stain requires a little bit more of an aggressive approach. You know, let's just talk about real quick, what actually causes these stains so it could be a lot of different things. You may have really hard water, a lot of calcium in your water. It might be an area where you've got high calcium. A lot of times that can leave a residue. You want to get on that right away because as it builds up more and more it's going to require a lot more elbow grease to get that off. Another thing could be rust. A lot of times you might leave something sitting on the counter and it rusts and leaves a stain. It could just simply be a stain from any other thing, lots of reasons to have a stain around your sink. So, the more you clean your sink, the more often, the more frequent you do that, the less difficulty it's going to be to remove these stains and the less stains you're going to have. But, hey we've got some stains so let's clean them. What we're going to do is we've got a few different things here so we've got like a CLR, this is a calcium line rust remover type solution and that's pretty harsh so we're going to save that until last. We've got some Soft Scrub. It's kind of like a creamy bleach solution with a little bit of abrasiveness to it in there. We have a multi-surface scrubbing pad so it's got a sponge on one side and a little more aggressive cleaner on the other. This is a regular just green Scotch Brite pad. We've also got some steel wool. All these are great items to use on your surface here. I would say probably the least aggressive is going to be a sponge like this and you can just use some soap, some water and just give it a little bit of a scrub. If something like that isn't working, if it's not coming off with that, let's step it up to the Scotch Brite pad. It's going to be much more abrasive. We can even introduce a little bit of Soft Scrub to that and this is going to give us that extra boost and cleaning agent and a little bit more abrasiveness to it. We'll give it a little bit of a scrub. If we find that that's still not working, another thing that we can do is just jump on to our scrubbing pad here. This is some steel wool. This is just metal. When you're using this you want to be really careful that you're not scratching the area so test it in an inconspicuous area first because this can scratch the metal, give it a good scrub. A lot of times that's going to get it. If you're finding at this point that you're not able to get it and you're using steel wool, then what you're going to want to do is step it up to like a CLR type cleaner. With this you want to spray it on, you want to let it sit for a minute and then you can go back and scrub it off. It's going to be more of a chemical reaction to scrub that off instead of the abrasiveness. Alright, great so we just learned about how to actually remove stains from a stainless steel sink. Now a couple things, remember that the best way to avoid this is just to keep your sinks really clean, clean them more regularly but also you want to make sure you're testing any chemicals or any sort of abrasive sort of pad, any sort of scrubbing pad in a small area, kind of an inconspicuous area of your sink because it may damage it. You want to make sure it's not doing that in a large area. So that's it, Dustan here, building manager at Living Light Community Center. We'll see you next time.

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