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Caring for Stainless Steel Sinks

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Here at Bay Kitchens, we often are asked about caring for one of the most common sink materials used: Stainless Steel.
At Bay Kitchens, we will recommend a quality stainless steel product that suits your needs and will allow for years of use and enjoyment. Caring for that product is important to Bay Kitchens and you!
Bay Kitchens recommends a stainless steel sink be cleaned at least once a week, always while using a non-abrasive cleanser and cloth or sponge. At Bay Kitchens we recommend that as with wood, you clean with the grain, rather than across the grain.
Wiping is the key for a shiny stainless steel sink. Hard water conditions can cause pitting over time on your stainless steel sink. At Bay Kitchens, we recommend you utilize a bottom grid or rinsing basket which can remain in the sink. Bay Kitchens does NOT recommend the use of rubber mats or dishpans in your stainless steel sink. These can create pitting areas if left in the sink over time. Also acquiring a holder for your sponges is a simple and inexpensive way to keep them from sitting on your sink, or edge of your sink, and causing staining and pitting.
Bay Kitchens also recommends that you dab dry your stainless steel sink with a soft cloth after each use to prevent spotting from hard water conditions. Another item that Bay Kitchens will emphasize for the care of your stainless steel sink, is salt! Foods with a high salt concentration should not spend significant time in your stainless steel sink. Do NOT allow them to dry on the stainless steel surface.
Now back to the question of what exactly to use to clean that stainless steel sink. Bay Kitchens recommends always find a cleaner that does not contain chloride(s). Chloride can cause pitting over time to your stainless steel sink, however; chlorides are also very soluble. Since they are found in almost every household detergent and cleanser, this is a good thing! Household detergents or cleansers may often touch the sink during cleaning of other surfaces. Should this occur, the sink should again be cleaned with a soft cloth and again with the grain. Bay Kitchens also recommends that you thoroughly rinse your stainless steel sink after each use to remove any detergent residue.
Some recommendations from Bay Kitchens of products available at local stores are Bar Keepers Friend®, Soft Scrub® with bleach, Gordon’s Miracle Shine® and Shiny Sinks Plus®. These suggestions from Bay Kitchens are not recommendations for cleansing of faucets or other materials.
At times Bay Kitchens has heard from those that feel their stainless steel sink has ‘rusted’. Since stainless steel does not rust, a brown stain in your drain area, which appears like rust, will usually indicate a high level of iron in your water system. Bay Kitchens recommendation to combat this is towel drying after each use and the recommended weekly cleaning to combat this issue.
Bay Kitchens wants you to enjoy your stainless steel purchase for years to come. It is important to note, however; that stainless steel will scratch from everyday use. Bay Kitchens we remind you that these scratches will blend, and over time your sink will have a lovely unique finish.