How to clean the steel sink: instructions for cleaning the sink and making the steel taps shine. From do-it-yourself products to those on the market.
Household chores can also begreen. On this page we offer you a guide forwash the stainless steel sinkwithout the risk of halos or that annoying matt patina.
If you don't have ascratch-resistant stainless steel sinkavoid the use of abrasive sponges and, in general, avoid placing dishes on them! If the surface of the steel does not undergo an anti-scratch treatment, it can easily scratch in contact with cookware and plates. To overcome this problem, buy someprotect the sink, also known as sink mats or sink pads. On the market there are models with a truly appreciable design.
Sink rusty, burnt or with halos: ad hoc products
In case of persistent dirt, you can use a specific detergent for cleaning steel. In this context, pay attention to your choice: most of the detergents on the market are very aggressive, which means that they are not only bad for your health and the environment, but risk damaging or aggravating the situation of thesteel to clean.
Among the market proposals I recommend a product already tested by me. It was created for cleaning satin or polished steel, so it is perfect for any steel sink. You can use it forclean and polish practically the entire "steelworks": oven, grills, pots with burnt bottom, barbecue, sink, hob, steel worktop, components inrusty steel…..
The only concern, since you will use the product on a surface in contact with food, it is important to rinse well over and over again. It is true that I am recommending a cleanerbiologicalisbiodegradable(so it is not bad for the environment, because it deteriorates spontaneously in a short time) but it is important to follow hygiene rules! The product in question is called "Twister" is manufactured by Franke. It is non-abrasive and has pros and cons.
Among the advantages, I will immediately say that it is easy to use: just wet the supplied sponge with water and pass it on the steel to be cleaned. As I have already told you, it is an organic and natural product, free of harmful or abrasive substances. In its field it is quite versatile because it can be used on:
- cast iron
- shiny steel
- brushed / satin steel
- oxidized surfaces (rusty steel)
- stainless steel
- classic steel
I personally tried it to polish a rusty steel surface on the terrace (an outdoor worktop). I dress facing the sea and the salt often corrodes the steel components present, causing rust and various stains. With a little elbow grease and the supplied sponge, I was able to clean therusty steel. I also tested it with cast iron, where dark halos had formed that I could not eliminate in any way. The supplied sponge becomes immediatelygray black, so you'll want to wash it every time you use it and also during the cleaning itself. It has a fresh lemon smell, not bad considering that all the products tried in the past had a terrible pungent smell.
Among the disadvantages I would like to point out that it cannot be used on lacquered (painted) steel because the lacquering makes it ineffective. The sponge is very small and must be washed very often because it immediately becomes black and retains dirt. If you have an equally porous and larger sponge, use that for added convenience.
Another disadvantage, the instructions are only in German, but as stated, the use is simple: just rub the sponge on the surface to be treated! I know that on the product sheet it is not written that it is "biodegradable" but on the purchase package it reads clearly:"Umweltfreundlich und biologisch abbaubar!"What does it mean “Ecological and biodegradable“.
Before buying it I thought that another disadvantage was the price (a 125 ml jar on Amazon can be bought with 15.99 euros and free shipping costs), however I found that it has an excellent yield because it requires a very thin layer of product to clean large surfaces, made of cast iron or steel.
For all information, I refer you to the product sheet: Frake Paste for cleaning and polishing.
The product is effective against halos, stains of various kinds, rust and limescale ... Perhaps limestone is wasted because here a simple homemade descaler as described below could be enough.
Please note: the packaging states that it is also useful for cleaning the sink in fragranite.
How to clean the steel sink with natural remedies
Stainless steel (stainless steel) is an iron and chromium alloy where the chromium percentage exceeds 10%. Astainless steel sinkmalty will undoubtedly present limestone encrustations, halos and unsightly fingerprints. Bad maintenance can generate a nuisancematte patinawhich undermines the appearance of the entire sink, penalizing the natural brilliance of the steel.
Forclean the steelthere are products not to use: avoid using bleach and overly aggressive chemical detergents. Another factor that can ruin the appearance of thesteel sinkit is limestone. In this context, it is more difficult to play prevention, especially if the water that flows from your tap is excessively hard. If you have problems with limescale deposits, consider purchasing awater softener to be installed upstream of the domestic water network. After this necessary premise, let's seehow to clean the steel sinkin a natural way.
White vinegar for cleaning the sink
First, remove any food residue from the sink. Rinse and dry the countertop and the sink tub. After drying the sink thoroughly, moisten a cloth with white vinegar.
Pass the cloth over the steel surface: the action of the vinegar will eliminate that annoying opaque patina. As we scrub, the sink should appear shinier. Vinegar works a bit like the classicshines steelthat we find on the market, except that it is a natural and safe product for the hygiene of food that will come into contact with the sink.
After wiping with the vinegar-soaked cloth, wipe with a new dry cloth to finish the job.
Lemon juice to eliminate traces of limescale
Lemon juice is perfect for counteracting bad odors and can be useful for removing any limescale stains from the tap and sink. It is effective in eliminating the halos left by the water: even the halos represent deposits of mineral substances dissolved in water. To solve the problem of limescale at the root, I recommend again the use of a water softener.
To use the lemon, simply split it in half and rub it on the steel surface to be treated.
If you have problems with bad smells coming up from the kitchen sink, we invite you to read the guide dedicated to the treatment ofbad smells from the sink.
to reach parts that are difficult to access, such as the sink drain or the rear of the taps, you can use a common toothbrush.
You can use the product I mentioned in the first paragraph.