How to Keep Stainless Steel Sinks Looking New

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Stainless steel sinks look gorgeous when they're all shined up, but they can become dull and dirty from surface scratches and using the wrong cleansers. You can revive an old stainless steel sink quickly and easily, however, and learn to care for it so it stays looking new for many years.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • Paper towels
  • Toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon or lemon juice
  • Liquid detergent
  • Extra fine steel wool

Clear your sink out. Fill the sink full of very hot water and add one quarter cup of bleach to each side. Wet six or eight paper towels in the hot bleach water and wring them out lightly. Fold the wet towels in half and lay them on the edge of the sink so that they go to the end of the stainless steel without laying on the countertop. Leave the water in the sink and the towels in place for an hour.

Pick up the towels and put them aside. Empty the sink of water. Rinse your sink well with plain water and see how well this method cleaned it. If there are still stains or any kind of debris on the sink, just repeat the process. Use the same paper towels and more hot water and bleach and let it sit for a couple of hours this time.

Rinse your sink really well after soaking. If there are any marks in the sink, you can clean them separately now. Add lemon juice to baking soda to make a paste. If the stain is really old or dark, apply the paste and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then take an old toothbrush and scrub any spots. You can also use the toothbrush and paste to scrub all around the edge of the sink where it meets the counters. Then scrub all around and underneath the faucet and handles on the sink.

Wash the paste out of the sink with warm water and wipe down the edges and the faucet and handle areas with a sponge or paper towels. Rinse it really well so that the paste is all gone. You can put a little bit of liquid detergent on your sponge or paper towel and wash all of the grit off the sink if it's hard to get out.

Use a very fine steel wool to get the sink looking new again. Wet the steel wool or use a little oil in the sink for a lubricant (vegetable, corn, olive or canola oils are all fine). Buff the sink gently only in the direction of the grain (the lines that are supposed to be in the sink) or you will scratch the surface up more.

Wash the oil out of the sink very thoroughly. You may want to use a little liquid soap again and rinse well. Dry the sink really well and then spray it with window cleaner and wipe dry. Your sink should now shine just like the day it was bought.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't use scouring powder on your sink as it will scratch it.
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