How to care for your stainless steel sink

Why do many homeowners prefer stainless steel sink?  This is because the nickel bearing stainless steel makes the sink extremely durable.

The sink can also match almost any color scheme or room decoration plus, it gives off an elegant look just like fine silver.  But what can you do to preserve the beauty of your stainless steel sink?

Preference and Popularity


The corrosion resistance of stainless steel sinks is attributed to the invisible layer of chromium oxide formed when the material is exposed to oxygen.

So now that you know how the sink gets its stainless property, what are the other reasons why it is so popular with homeowners?

  • Durability – would you believe that stainless steel sinks are more durable than cast iron and porcelain? This type of sink is not known to crack, chip, or nick.  Just make sure you do not invest on cheap stainless sinks that can be dented.
  • Ageless – with proper care it is possible for stainless sinks to look as good as the day you bought it. This is because its scratch-resistant finish allows it to keep its luster.
  • Cushioning – the sink has a natural shock absorbing property that keeps glasses and dishes from breaking on impact.
  • Easy Cleaning – all you need is a soft towel and household cleanser to keep the surface sanitary.
  • More Capacity – deeper sink bowls and more usable space gives the sink flexibility and strength.
  • Compatible – the sink can match any color, texture, style, and pattern of the room where it will be installed.

Threats to the Sink


Proper care begins by knowing what can threaten the finish and beauty of your stainless steel sink.  These are:

  • Chlorides – although water soluble, chlorides can harm stainless steel so you need to know that this is a common ingredient in detergents, cleansers, soap, and bleach. To protect your sink, make sure that you thoroughly rinse it to completely remove chlorine residue.
  • Scratches – even if scratches on stainless steel will eventually blend into the finish, it is important to protect it against abrasive materials.
  • Water Quality – excessive iron, minerals, or over-softened water can cause the finish of your sink look murky with a white film layer or a rust-like appearance. To avoid this you need to towel drain the sink.
  • Cutting – any type of cutting or chopping should not be done on the sink to avoid deep scratches on the sink as well as dulling your knives.
  • Salt – high levels or concentration of salt should be rinsed off and not allowed to dry on your sink, otherwise it will harm the surface.

Regular Care

When you read, These cleaning off dirt and stains should be done with soapy water or an ammonia-based cleaner.

To ensure that there are no watermarks, the sink should be towel dried.  Mix a 50-50 ratio of water and bleach to disinfect the surface.

To maintain the cleanliness of the sink, fill it a quarter of the way with the disinfectant solution and let it sit for 15 minutes.  Rinse the sink thoroughly as the solution begins to drain.

To thoroughly rinse the sink means running the water for a couple of minutes while using a sponge on the cleaned area.

Part of taking care of your stainless steel is to know what to avoid, like:

  • Keeping strong chemicals away from your sink, but in case it makes contact, wash the surface with plain water immediately.
  • Avoid staining by not allowing food residue, cast iron cookware, or metal canned products to sit on the sink.
  • Scouring across the satin finish line.
  • Hydrochloric or sulfuric acid drain cleaners.
  • Steel wool pads that can leave steel particles embedded in the surface that can trigger rust or rust-like appearance.
  • Leaving dishpans or rubber mats on the sink because it can cause pitting; always remove them after use.
  • Placing wet cloth, cleaning pads, or sponges on the surface for a long time.

You know what to do and what to avoid, so now you are ready to take care of your stainless steel sink.