There is a reason why Stainless steel is an extremely popular material choice for the kitchen sink. It is a beautiful option for both traditional and modern kitchens with a look that simply doesn’t age. It also has a strong resistance to damage and staining, meaning the quality will remain for many years. If you want it to survive even longer, however, there are many things you can do to prolong the life of your stainless steel sink.
Cleaning your Stainless Steel Sink
It’s a good idea to get yourself into the habit of cleaning your stainless steal sink after each time you use it. By doing so you are preventing any build up of limescale and dirt, ensuring your sink remains clean, fresh and shining. It is also important that you remember to dry the sink thoroughly after draining with a cloth, preferably microfibre.
Though a stainless steel sink is highly resistant to staining, it doesn’t mean it will be stain-free 100% of the time. Hard water can sometimes leave limescale or mineral deposits on the surface of the sink which can soak up stains from tea, coffee, wine and any other food or drink that tends to leave a stain on surfaces. However, there’s no need to worry if this does occur. Simply rinse down the sink and ensure it is nice and dry, while checking that all areas of limescale have been removed.
Your stainless steel sink should not rust. In fact, stainless steel is incapable of doing so under normal household conditions. If you do happen to see rust on your sink, chances are it is small iron or normal steel particles left behind, perhaps from water deposits or steel wool scouring pads (which is something you really shouldn’t use on your stainless steal sink if you want to keep that shine). The particles adhere to the surface of your sink and rust, leaving behind stains. To get rid of any rust stains, it’s a good idea to use a mild cleaning agent containing oxalic acid and then rinse away. You can find this kind of cleaning agent at most supermarkets.
Scratches on your Stainless Steel Sink
Don’t panic if you see any small surface scratches on your sink or signs of use over time; this is simply known as patina, something which will even out and blend. It is rare for these scratches to run deep, meaning they are nothing to be worried about. If you do see a patina form on your stainless steel sink and you wish to buffer it out, there are many options online that are affordable and of a high quality.
Things to Avoid
- Plastic washing up bowls – pieces of grit and glass risk getting stuck to the bottom of them, resulting in a scratched sink.
- Bleach – This chemical is too harsh for a stainless steel sink and can cause corrosion as well as discolouration
- Silver dip cleaner – These will dull the surface of your sink
- Leaving certain foods on the sink surface for too long – Foods such as citrus fruits, vinegar, mustard and more as they will cause corrosion.
- Steel wool scouring pads – as mentioned, they will scratch the sink and leave particles on the surface, leading to rust.
- Keep sponges and utensils in a useful caddy
We hope you find this information useful when installing a stainless steel sink into your home to keep it well maintained for many years to come. If you are looking to add a stainless steel sink, along with a new kitchen design, then look no further. Talk to the experts at EBKB today to see how we can design and install a new kitchen that is ideal for yourself and your family.