How to Clean Stainless Steel Sink??

Updated on June 02, 2010
C.S. asks from Lincoln, CA
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I am looking for some good ideas of how to clean my Stainless Steel Sink. What are some of the things others have tried that seem to work good. Also, is there anything you can do to get the scratches out? I also seem to have problems with streaks and would like to know what to do about that also. I just want my sink to look new and shiny again but just haven't been able to find the right products that work. My sink is only 7 months old and I can see coffee stains on the bottom. Please Help!!! I really want to know what has worked for others. Thanks

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M.R.

answers from San Francisco on

Kleen King has been working wonders for me (and my mom) for years. It's great for sinks and pots/pans, stove tops, etc. It's great. It can be found in some grocry stores, but not all.

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H.T.

answers from Bakersfield on

Comet, Bar Maid, Bon Ami, or any similar cleanser. I love stainless steel because it cleans so easily. If you have rust stains that don't come off, try Wink rust remover (in a rust colored bottle) available at Walmart.

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A.A.

answers from San Francisco on

a product called "Bar Keepers Friend" It's a cleanser made for stainless steel. I have used it and it's amazing. A cleaning lady is the one who told me about it originally. Look in the cleaning supplies isle near the other cleansers.

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S.H.

answers from Redding on

Hi..I myself have ss sink. I have found some "green" ways to take care of my sink, and they work, I have used them.
REGULAR CLEANING: Use a paste of baking soda and water, rise well. Drying the sink (I use an old dishtowel), prevents water marks and rust.
POLISHING: use a tablespoon of flour in a dry sink and rub with a soft cloth, rinse and dry. You can also put the stopper in the sink, pour in some club soda and rub with a small cloth, and dry sink.
REMOVING RUST AND WATER SPOTS: Use white vinegar, on a soft cloth or sponge.
REMOVING STAINS: A paste of 3 parts cream of tartar to 1 part hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the stains. Wait till it's dry and wipe with wet cloth or sponge.
TO SHINE: coat the sink with a few drops of lemon, almond or baby oil. Wipe off with paper towels, if not shiny enough, repeat.
ERASING HAIRLINE SCRATCHES: Use very fine steel wool, gently give the entire sink a once-over, to erase hairline scratches. Wash and buff with a soft cloth.
Good Luck and happy cleaning!
P.S. Flylady is an awsome site!
The above suggestions are derived from:
Talking Dirty with the queen of clean, author: Linda Cobb

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A.T.

answers from Stockton on

Here's another home remedy that is probably very "green" too.
This works great to polish copper too.
Wash & rinse your sink as usual to remove any stuck on stuff, rinse & drain, then put in your plug. Pour about 1 cup of plain white vinegar in the bottom & soak a scrubby sponge like Scotch Brite in the vinegar & wring it out.
Next, pour enough salt in that it makes a damp looking hill and scrub with the sponge - you may need to make a paste of salt on the sponge to scrub away tough spots.
Now - the chemical reaction between the metal, salt & vinegar smells a little like a wet dog - but it'll be all shiny when you rinse & towel dry.
Comet & steel wool will scrub away scratches - just rub in 1 direction so you don't get swirl marks. I've found the water here in San Joaquin county to be really "hard" and it leaves white spots on my sink if I don't dry it completely - same with my windows, car, dishes, etc.etc.

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C.A.

answers from San Francisco on

Someone on here shared the link flylady.com and the first thing they tell you to do is shine (clean) your sink. This is how they said to do it:

Shiny Sink 101

Here is how you do it:

BE SURE AND RINSE WELL BETWEEN EACH STEP OF THE WAY!

Take all the dishes out of the sink.

1. Run some very hot water into the sink. Fill to the rim. Only do one side at a time. Then, pour a cup of household bleach into the hot water. Let it sit for 1 hour. Now, pull the plug with a pair of tongs. If you don't have tongs, then scoop some of the water out of the sink into the other sink and use your hand to pull the plug (wear gloves and don't get the bleach-water on your clothes).

2. Rinse your sink well.

3. Use some cleanser (Comet, Ajax, or Baking Soda) and scrub your sink. Ensure you rinse ALL of the cleanser from the sink.

4. Take a sharp edge and clean around the rim of the sink, just like you would clean dirt out from under your fingernails.

5. Clean around the faucets too. You may need an old toothbrush or dental floss.

6. Now, get out your window cleaner, I use Windex, and give it a good shine.

7. If you still don't like the way it looks, then you could try some car wax. Just know in your heart that you have cleaned it very well now and it doesn't have to be perfect. Our perfectionism is what got us in this situation in the first place.

Every time you run water in your sink, take your clean dishtowel and dry it out (I lay out a clean one, every night with my before bedtime routine). Before you know it, you will be doing this everytime you leave your kitchen. The rest of the family will too. No more water spots. You will have a clean and shiny sink.

Now if you have a stainless steel sink, I recommend all of the above directions with one extra instruction added: after you soak your sink, rinse well, and use SOS pads to scrub it. This will buff the finish. It will look like new.

If you still can't get it to shine after the Windex, put a light coat of lemon oil or olive oil on it. I mean just a tiny bit on a cloth and rub it. This will make you smile. Some people have had very good results from Bar Keepers Friend.

Go Shine Your Sink!
FlyLady

Last note: ensure you don't mix cleansers like Comet, etc. with Windex (or other ammonia based cleaners), you can create dangerous gases! It is worth repeating: rinse well between each step.

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K.U.

answers from San Francisco on

baking soda, lemon juice, and a scrubby sponge.

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S.B.

answers from Sacramento on

good thing I looked because i am all about the fly lady method.

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N.D.

answers from San Francisco on

I found a cleaner I really like. Wrks wonders on my stainless fridge and oven. NO STREAKS.
the brand is SPRAYWAY, they make stainless steel cleaner, glass cleaner etc. I love all their products. You can purchase it at Cost Plus or Bed Bath and Beyond.
good luck

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P.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Here is something I've found very handy for a variety of items, including silver jewelry. I use toothpaste and spread it along like a paste and then rinse or wipe clean. I've found Colgate works fine and it's readily available and not abrasive. A friend recommended olive oil to me as well. Good luck and I hope you have success.

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A.F.

answers from San Francisco on

Cleaning a Stainless Steel Sink

Materials and Ingredients:

3 parts cream of tartar
1 part hydrogen peroxide
Small bowl
Damp cloth

Mix 3 parts cream of tartar and 1 part hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl.

Dip a damp cloth into the mixture and massage the stain well. Let dry.

Once the cleaning solution is dry, wipe with a damp cloth.

Removing Rust Spots from a Stainless Steel Sink

Materials and Ingredients:

1 part cream of tartar
A little lemon juice
Small bowl
Cloth

Mix the cream of tartar and lemon juice in a small bowl and mix.

Apply the paste to the rust stains and massage it in.
Note: If the rust is heavily embedded, let the cleaning paste sit for hours.

Wipe clean!
Tip: If the rust still won't come off, bring in the heavy-duty solution:

Pour a little lighter fluid on a paper towel and rub over the rust, and if it's taking some time for the rust to come off, add a little more lighter fluid. Safety Alert: Please use caution when using lighter fluid.

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C.P.

answers from San Francisco on

I'm with the others - Bar Keepers Friend! You can get it at many places including Longs, Ace Hardware, and Target! It's great stuff and works wonders! It isn't strong smelling and is the only stuff I use on my kitchen sinks, counters and bathtub!

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G.B.

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My dad is a Welder/Fabricator who works with Stainless a lot. He has always said Peanut Oil gives the best shine for Stainless Steel.

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N.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers work well on almost anything. You can get Target brand for less the cost and works the same.

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V.G.

answers from San Francisco on

My hubby bought a product when we had our stainless steel sink installed last year: Blancoclean (stainless steel sink cleaner). I am not sure where he got it but there is a website listed on bottle: www.blancocanada.com

Also, I advised someone on this blog recently about the "grate" he purchased for our sink so that when we stack dishes they to not scratch (or even touch) the bottom of hte sink. It is on four rubber-tipped "feet" and lifts out for cleaning of sink itself. Great product.

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M.P.

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According to the British show 'How Clean is Your House' - just use Bicarbonate Soda and Lemon Juice - totally shiny and fresh!

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J.B.

answers from San Francisco on

Try using a product called bar keepers friend. You can get it at Safeway or at William Sonoma. I use it on my stainless steel pans and it works amazing!

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D.B.

answers from Sacramento on

There is a great product that is called "Bar Keep's Friend" it is a powder like AJAX but is specifically for stainless steel and makes them sparkle!!!...should be in the cleaning section of most stores but might need to look on upper shelves by the silver polish, etc. I found it at Walmart.

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L.M.

answers from Denver on

Another way is to use just plain old toothpaste.....Not toothgell ....Must be a paste....just apply a small amount on the scratch and gently rub, it may take several applications for really deep scratches , I had a nasty deep scratch on the rim of my ss sink and it was all my fault!!! This took it right out .........I also use a very fine grit sand paper or scotch brite with the paste...Toothpaste also works well on scratches in glass ...Goodluck !

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R.T.

answers from San Francisco on

Have you tried white vinegar? I saw a home and garden program based on stainless steel appliances and the problems of keeping them clean. They said white vinegar works like a charm. I don't know if it is in fact true, because my appliances are older than the hills. Hope that helps.

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P.C.

answers from San Francisco on

You can get rid of the coffee stains with SoftScrub cleanser and a Dobie pad. This works perfectly for me. Don't worry about scratches in your sink. Over time, this will turn into a natural patina that is what we expect stainless steel to look like. Are you using a dishpan in your sink? If not, I'd recommend getting one right away and using it regularly when doing dishes. Also, don't let dishes sit in the sink as the bottoms will form stain marks that you'll need your SoftScrub to remove. Best wishes.

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S.M.

answers from Sacramento on

Good morning C., I don't know about stainless steel sinks but I have used a product that works on so many things that I would imagine it will work on your sinks. It is solumel sold by Melaleuca. If you are interested you can email me at [email protected]____.com and I will tell you how you can get it.

S. M

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M.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Try Barkeepers Friend, you can buy it at Williams-Sonoma. Works great on stainless steel sinks!

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A.K.

answers from San Francisco on

windex with vinigar, also great for stone counters.

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B.T.

answers from Yuba City on

Hi there,

Go to http://flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_Shine.asp This is the site for the "Fly Lady" Here you will find excellent instructions on shining your sink as well as lots of other helpful ideas or instructions on how to keep your home clutter free and clean easily. It's a great site with lots and lots of information.

Hope this helps and God Bless.

Sincerely,
B. T.

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L.G.

answers from San Francisco on

I love the LOC product called Metal Cleaner. I get it from my friend that sells Amway. I use it on my sink and it looks brand new!

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M.K.

answers from Chico on

We love Bar Keeper's Friend for polishing our sink. Works well on many stains, and even on the counters when Comet fails.

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Y.K.

answers from San Francisco on

Use Bon Ami regularly and rinse well. However, your sink will never look like new again, stainless gets scatches and will only look super after cleaning.

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T.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Have you tried BarKeeper's Friend? It is a powder available in grocery or hardware stores.
Good Luck,
T.

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C.C.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi. Try Barkeeper's Friend... you can find it at most stores.

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S.J.

answers from San Francisco on

C.,
I totally can understand what your saying I got my new countertops and Stainless Steel sink in June and I had a little stain on the bottom. My grandmother always used Bar Keeper's Friend and I got it at Target. It came in the container like Ajax and it came right out.

Good luck

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E.S.

answers from San Francisco on

There is a cleaner called Barkeepers friend that works well. The other thing is for brushed stainless you can use the green scrubbie side of the scotchbrite sponges and scrub lightly in a circular motion just enough to blend the scratches in. Because with stains like coffee or light rust they are just on the surface of the sink and can usually be removed. But inevitably if you leave stuff in the bottom of the sink you might get scratching or rust problems.
Do you have those grates to protect the bottom?

I hope this helps. :)

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S.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Bar Keeper's Friend is good for stainless steel sinks. It comes in a spray and a powder (like Ajax). I got it at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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L.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi C. ~
How about adding a little bleach at night and letting it soak overnight.

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J.A.

answers from Sacramento on

Hey C.,
I have the same problem and the stainless cleaner just did not take the coffee stain out. We have only lived in house for 4 months so ours is new also. I did not want to use comet but today tried it and it did not seem to work. I am always rinsing the sink out and my husband says he does the same :)
If you find some kind of miracle let me know.
I also have these great hardwood floors but they are shiny and dark and you can see every little thing. Oh where is my tile.....ha ha
Good Luck,
J.

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K.M.

answers from San Francisco on

I scrub mine, HARD, with the (plastic only) scrubber side of a sponge. works wonders.

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M.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Sounds like others really recommend the Barkeeper's Friend. I'll look into that.

I spray my sink with bleach and water every time we make chicken. I don't have staining problems - maybe that's why??? Never thought about it.

Good luck.

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G.B.

answers from Sacramento on

I'm not sure what to do about the scratches but I use Sprayway stainless steel cleaner & polish wipes to clean my sink. I get them at Cost Plus. One wipe cleans both sides of the sink and the cleaner smells really good. Bar Keepers Friend is also good for stainless steel pots & pans.

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D.Z.

answers from San Francisco on

There is a cleaning product called "Bar Keepers Friend" you can find it at Target it costs about $2-3 and it works the best! Blue/gold can (similar to Comet) One of the contractors when we were building our house told me about it...let me know what you think!

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