3 Tips For Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Sinks

Now that the weather has officially turned to winter and the holidays are over, many of us are looking for ways to stay busy while stuck inside.

 

This is the perfect time of the year to clear out the attic, get rid of old clothes and whittle down the papers and magazines that are laying around your house. This is also a great time to do some deep cleaning around the kitchen.

 

However, if you have a stainless steel sink, you might want to be careful about how you clean it and which products you use when you’re cleaning it. Not only can some of these items be damaging to your drain, but they can also be hard on the sink itself.

 

Here are a couple of tips for making sure that your kitchen sink gets thoroughly cleaned – without causing any damage:

 

  • If your water has a high iron content, that can lead to rust building up around the drain and in the creases of the sink. You can help this by installing a water softening system that treats all of the water in your home. You can also prevent the rust from building up in your sink by using a towel to dry the sink off after you have used it. By clearing the water away, you will remove the deposits of iron and eliminate the chances of rust.
  • When you are cleaning your stainless steel sink, make sure not to use abrasive sponges like steel wool pads. The little givers of the steel wool will embed into the top layer of your sink and, over time, they will begin to rust. This might look like your sink is rusting but it is actually tiny fibers of steel wool. It is difficult to remove them once they have embedded into the sink.
  • When you are choosing your cleaning products make sure to look for items that do not have chloride in them. This ingredient is especially common in bathroom and kitchen cleaners so it is important to check all of the labels. A chloride cleaner will be very harsh on stainless steel and the residue that builds up can cause pitting in the metal. Instead, use a sinkful of water and a cup of bleach with a rag to clean your sink and counters.

 

Keep these tips in mind when you are cleaning your kitchen this winter and protect your stainless steel sink.

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