It’s true that these days, stainless steel sinks are now much easier to clean and maintain – gone are the days of having to clean those icky, impenetrable, and impossible-to-remove stains from the sinks of days gone by. Today’s sinks’ features make the difference – you only need to look at those available at Down the Sink to see for yourself.
Be that as it may, maintaining your sinks should still be given importance in your cleaning regimen – The use of an air compressor or aggressive detergents in fact raise the risk of you scratching the base of the sink, which is already taking everyday wear and tear from daily use.
On the other hand, detergents that employ the use of bleach can damage the steel – so can hard water leave unsightly stains.
Fortunately, good old soap and water never fails – but what to do when more stubborn stains or stains coming from disuse appear?
Well, we’ve got just the cure – here are 12 readily available and really effective items around your house you can use in a pinch.
1. CREAM OF TARTAR AND HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.
Mixing three parts of cream of tartar with one part of hydrogen peroxide creates a paste that cleans stainless steel fast. Apply said mixture with a damp cloth, leave for a few minutes, then wipe with damp cloth again.
Good old vinegar. Simply dip a cloth in white vinegar, and scrub away.
3. BAKING SODA.
Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the sink and remove it using a damp sponge.
4. A QUICK RINSE.
Prevent having to scrub stubborn stains away by always rinsing the sink after use – soap scum and soap stains do damage stainless steel over time.
5. OLIVE OIL.
Polish the sink using a small amount of olive oil – this will also remove hard water stains on the surface. Simply apply with a soft cloth with the oil, then wipe away with a dry cloth afterwards.
6. ORANGE OR LEMON PEEL.
Citrus peels can be used to deodorize sinks that have had foul-smelling liquids pass through it.
You can’t go wrong with using salt to clean the dirt inside the sink drain – simply boil a liter of saltwater (a liter to a half a cup of salt), and pour the mixture once twice a month to remove particles that get stuck in your drain and clogs. Salt removes grease and kills odor-causing bacteria that builds up in your pipes.
8. WINDOW CLEANING SOLUTION.
Window cleaning solutions don’t only work on windows – you can use them for sinks too. Use one for removing grease or fingerprint stains, then wipe away with a soft cloth to avoid staining.
9. VINEGAR AND DISHWASHING LIQUID.
Vinegar is nature’s all-purpose cleaner – simply mix one part of vinegar with water, and a couple of drops of detergent to a spray bottle and use to clean your sinks.
10. BABY OIL.
Use as you would olive oil.
Flour can restore the sheen on your sink – sprinkle flour and lightly rub with a soft, dry cloth.
12. BORAX AND LEMON JUICE.
Persistent stains, watch out – borax is here to clean you out. Simply mix 3/4 cup of lemon juice to 1/4 cup of borax into a paste, and apply to the stains. Use warm water to rinse it all away.