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Stainless Steel is a very durable material, but not completely maintenance free. Stainless steel is a metal alloy created from a combination of materials that make each sink 'stainless'. If the sink’s surface is left wet or coated with food or other contaminates, the metals in the sink cannot form this protective layer and can become susceptible to stains and discoloration. If properly maintained, your sink will last a lifetime and continue to add charm and beauty to any décor.
General Care and Cleaning
Make sure that you rinse the sink well after each use. Never let food, cleaners or any other residue dry in the sink. Not only spray, but rub the sink with a clean cloth or paper towel as the clean water is flowing. Simply spraying the sink with water will not remove all residue or harmful deposits.
Wash the sink weekly with a mild detergent or an ultra-mild abrasive cleaner, such as Soft Scrub® or Bar Keepers Friend®, to prevent buildup of mineral deposits from the water. These cleaners are available at most grocery or hardware stores. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any store-bought product and always scrub in the direction of the grain/finish marks of the sink.
Dry the Sink After Cleaning and/or Rinsing
No matter how clean your rinse water is, there will inevitably be dissolved minerals and salts in your rinse water. When the water evaporates, these minerals/salts are left behind causing unsightly water spots which will dull the appearance of the sink. Drying your sink after rinsing will prevent these water spots. To remove these water spots, use a mild-abrasive cleaner and rinse thoroughly.
Touch-ups and Spots
Olive oil can help remove streaks and add shine to your stainless steel sink. Dry your sink thoroughly and add a few drop of olive oil to a paper towel. Wipe the towel over the streaked areas and rinse away with a wet cloth and running water.
Undiluted white vinegar will help remove fingerprints or hard water deposits. Simply pour the vinegar onto a soft cloth and rub over the spots and surrounding area. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
Corrosion is rare, but a very serious threat to your sink. Construction chemicals, solvents and household cleaners contain chlorides and acids which can damage stainless steel. Products and cleaners that contain chlorine bleach can strain or corrode a stainless steel sink. Plumbing PVC solvents or certain grout cleaners which contain Muriatic Acid can also cause problems. If any of these dangerous chemicals get on the sink, rinse it immediately with plenty of clean water and dry thoroughly.
While the stainless steel that we use for our sinks is very durable, no stainless steel is completely scratch-proof! We offer stainless steel grids to help protect the sink from scratches. Never use a rubber mat in your stainless steel sink. Water and other residue become trapped between the rubber and the sink, causing more damage than good.
Fine scratches can be removed using a mild abrasive cleaner such as Bar Keepers Friend®. Always scrub with the grain of the sink. For deeper scratches, you may try a product such as Scratch-B-Gone®. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for any store bought product. Never use steel wool to clean a stainless steel sink. Always use nylon or other synthetic cleaning pads to scour the sink.