How to Safely Clean a Stainless Steel Sink: Firstly, yet another tale of woe from my early days as a housewife.
When my husband and I moved into our first home together, I hadn’t a clue about anything and for the first time ever attempted to ‘clean’ a steel sink. After detergent failed to do the trick, I tried again with what I had close to hand – metal polish and a ball of wire wool! Needless to say, this was not a terribly successful attempt. The polish turned the metal black in patches, and the wire-wool converted the original shiny finish into a dull, gloomy, scratched-up mess. The smell was indescribable. My husband thought it was just a cunning way for me to get a replacement sink.
Enough of that! Here’s how to do it properly!
For a ‘general’ clean, rinse the sink in hot soapy water and then drain and let it dry a little.
Next, you can do one of two things:-
Scrub away at the sink with a cloth soaked in a little white-vinegar.
Or, after sprinkling baking soda over the surface, lightly scrub the powder off the sink with a damp sponge.
For tougher stains, combine two parts vinegar, two parts hot water and one part baking soda. Then polish the mixture directly into the surface using a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse well and then dry with a clean cloth.
If you need to do any further scrubbing, soft plastic bristle scrubbers or nylon pot scrubbers will suffice.
For that gleaming, shiny look, rub the surface with a rag dipped in olive oil, and then buff it dry with a clean soft cloth. You can use baby oil for this, but I find the smell tends to linger a little longer then I like.
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