How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink and Other Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel sink and appliances in your kitchen need thorough cleanup once in a while. Here’s how you can do that effortlessly!

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How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink and Other Stainless Steel Appliances
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Following a regular kitchen cleaning regime helps keep the items in your kitchen clean and spot-less. Stainless steel items such as sinks, cooker tops and other things are frequently used in the kitchen. They provide good resilience against heat and stains. However, these items too need thorough cleaning once in a while to remain in top condition and perform at their highest potential. As it is known, the chromium in the stainless steel reacts to oxygen in the air and creates a layer of protection against rust and other kinds of stains. However, if there are layers of dirt, grime and dust, this reaction cannot happen, and thus, it makes the surface vulnerable to corrosion and catching stains. Thus, it is important to know how to clean stainless steel sink and other appliances the right way.

In this article, we have explained a few cleaning steps using some easily available ingredients in your kitchen and some commercial items to ensure thorough and maximum cleaning. However, before using any ingredient or cleaner, we suggest you test it on a small patch initially to check the compatibility.

Here are some steps you can use to keep the stainless steel appliances in your kitchen clean.

Ingredients to Keep Handy:

a) Dishwashing liquid

b) Steel wool

c) Sponge

d) Paper towels

e) Club soda

f) Baby oil

g) White vinegar

h) Glass cleaner

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How to Clean Stainless Steel Sink

  1. Step 1: Make Cleaning Solution

    Mix 2 drops of a dishwashing liquid in a bowl of lukewarm water. You can try using Vim Dishwash Gel for this as it is easily available in the market. Dampen a cleaning scratchpad with the cleaning solution and scrub the sink with it. You can also scrub your sink with steel wool to remove stubborn stains. Rinse with tap water and wipe the sink dry with a cleaning cloth. 

  2. Step 2: Treat Water Spots

    If you see watermarks on your stainless steel sink, soak your sponge in white vinegar. The acidic properties of vinegar help loosen stains. Now, rub this sponge on the affected areas of your sink. The spots will disappear. 

  3. Step 3: Polish Your Stainless Steel Sink

    Close the drain and pour club soda in your sink. Club soda forms bubbles when mixed in water. It helps remove residual stains and gives a clean look. Let the fizzy liquid rest in your sink for some time. Buff with a soft cotton cloth. 

  4. Step 4: Add Shine with Baby Oil

    Baby oil adds moisture, smoothness and shine to any surface. Wet a paper towel with a few drops of baby oil. Buff your stainless steel sink with it to restore the shine on your sink. 

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Cleaning stainless steel appliances can be a breeze if you have the right cleaning methods and cleaners handy. We suggest you to avoid using cleaners which contain bleach, as it could damage the surface of these appliances. An important tip to remember while cleaning is to wipe or scrub in the direction of the grain on the surface. Avoid wiping or scrubbing in circular motions to keep the surface from attracting scratches. Remember to wear gloves while cleaning.

  1. Step 1: Make a Cleaning Solution

    Make a cleaning solution by mixing 2 tsp. of dishwashing liquid in 1 large bowl of hot water. A combination of hot water and dishwashing liquid helps break stubborn stains and grime. It makes the cleaning process effortless and less time-consuming. You can try using Vim Dishwash Gel for this as it is easily available in the market.

  2. Step 2: Scrub the Appliances

    Soak a sponge in this solution and scrub your stainless steel appliance with it.

  3. Step 3: Rinse the Appliances

    Once you have scrubbed the surfaces, rinse it thoroughly with plain water.

  4. Step 4: Pat Dry

    And then, wipe the stainless steel item dry with a lint-free cloth. 

How to Remove Stains from Your Stainless Steel Appliances

  1. Step 1: To Clean the Stains

    If you have spotted stubborn fingerprints or water marks on the stainless steel appliances, a kitchen cleaner should help. Spray a small amount of it on the affected area, allow it to rest for 5 minutes then wipe with a microfibre cloth. Rinse the steel with tap water. And, dry them with a cotton cloth. You can use Cif Kitchen Cleaner. It is easily available in the market. Always read pack for usage instructions and test on a small part before use. 

  2. Step 2: To Clean Dry Stains

    To treat any dried up stains, firstly moisten the surface with warm water. Now, mix a paste using 2 tbsp. of baking soda, 2 tbsp. of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Baking soda and vinegar help in cutting through the grease and dirt.

  3. Step 3: Apply the Paste

    Apply the paste on the surface. Wait for 10 minutes.

  4. Step 4: Rinse

    Now rub with a damp cloth, thoroughly rinse and dry. Scrub the hard-to-reach areas with an old toothbrush.

How to Prevent Stains on Your Stainless Steel Items

Prevention helps repel stains. It also helps preserve the shine for longer. To prevent the stains, always wipe any spills or drops as soon as you spot it. It keeps the stain from getting stubborn. After washing, always pat dry with a cotton cloth to prevent water marks.

These steps should help you keep your stainless steel appliances clean and free from stains.

Key Step:

Use a circular motion to scrub your stainless steel appliances, so that you don’t end up ruining its brushed finishing. 

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