How to maintain your stainless steel sink

How to maintain your stainless steel sink


Hi, my name is Rick Cisneros. I am the sales director at Wells Sinkware Corporation. Here at Wells, we manufacture and distribute high-quality stainless steel sinks with two distinctive textures. Our signature Wells series has a uniform DuraSatin finish that is unique in the industry.
More of a European style finish. Our Wentworth series has a traditional brushed
matte finish, that is practical, yet stylish, with a mirror-highlighted rim. Today, I’m going to show you how to properly maintain sinks with both textures. First of all, never use steel wool, wire brushes, or other cleaning tools with metallic components to clean your sink, as they may embed iron particles that can create rust stains. There a couple of things you can do to prevent the formation of stains. First, don’t let acidic foods, such as pickles
or mayonnaise, sit in the sink for long periods of time. Their acidity may cause the stainless
steel to corrode. Second, we don’t recommend using a rubber
mat as a sink-bottom protector as it may hold food and water residues and leave marks that are hard to remove. To protect the bottom of your sink, we suggest investing in a stainless steel grid instead. For day to day cleaning, first wet the surface of the sink. Then, using the soft side of a sponge and some dish soap, wipe the surface clean. When you’re finished, rinse thoroughly with water. To remove dried food residues, you may need to use a buffing technique appropriate for the texture of your sink. Before buffing, soak the stain in water to help it soften and dissolve. If your sink has a satin finish with no grain, use a nylon mesh sponge. Choose a non-abrasive cleaning powder, such as Comet, Bar Keeper’s Friend, or baking soda. Wear gloves to protect your skin from the
cleaning agent. Sprinkle the cleaning powder unto the sponge. Buff the sink’s surface in a circular motion, using as much force as needed to remove the residue. When you’re finished, rinse thoroughly. If your sink has a brushed matte finish, use a scrubbing sponge with a rough texture. We recommend the Scotch-Brite heavy-duty sponge. Sprinkle cleaning powder unto the scrubbing side of the sponge. Buff the area of the stain with firm pressure parallel to the direction of the grain. Make sure to avoid scrubbing
against the grain of your sink, as this will create scratches that are visible against the background texture of the stainless steel. By buffing in the direction of the grain,
you will not damage the sink’s finish, but instead give it a clean, polished look. Rinse the sink thoroughly after you’re finished buffing. Over time, your sink may start to look dull after accumulating scratches due to normal wear and tear. You may also find hard-to-remove stains formed by coffee, acidic foods, or mineral deposits. To restore your sink’s luster, apply the same technique you would use to remove dried food residues. For sinks with brushed finishes, simply use the rough side of a heavy-duty scrubbing sponge and some cleaning powder to buff the entire surface of the sink along the direction of the grain. Do not be afraid to apply firm
pressure in the process. For sinks with satin finishes, use the Scotch-Brite non-scratch sponge and cleaning powder to buff the entire surface of the sink in a circular motion. Make sure to apply firm, even pressure in the process, as this will help to conceal obvious scratches and restore uniformity to the satin finish. Do not buff the sink in a parallel motion, because this will create additional scratches on top of existing marks. After you’re finished buffing, rinse thoroughly. Stainless steel sinks are low-maintenance, durable, and elegant. Follow these simple care instructions, and your sink will stay in great shape for years to come.

100 thoughts on “How to maintain your stainless steel sink

  1. I have some rust marks in my stainless sink. Can it be removed? I can't replace the sink without removing a huge long granite top!

  2. Excellent information. I'm going to check the specifics of our new sink that we don't have installed yet to ensure it's cleaned properly & follow your advice. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  3. For "day to day" cleaning? You're supposed to clean your stainless sink everyday?! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. Is it normal for sink to have a little metallic smell after brushing with the hard part of the sponge? Would that smell go away after time?

  5. my husband and I bought a house and our kitchen already had a sink and I don't know what finish it is because it's been here since 2006 I think and would like to know what finish it is because I am afraid I am not cleaning it properly.

  6. He should do a lot of videos because he is so easy to listen to and yes very relaxing. When I'm done cleaning my stainless steel sink, I dry it and then spray a small amount of furniture polish and rub it in real good and it keeps it from getting water spots. I don't know why I did this, but it works great. And I'd never get another stainless steel sink again!

  7. You didn't mention "Cameo" which is for Aluminum and Stainless Steel. Great for cleaning Stainless Steel pots and pans. Wonderful product.

  8. I see vegan mayo! thank you for this video, my sink was starting to look worn out… I think the previous owners used steel wool on the sink.

  9. Doesn't seem like you are answering anyone but I'll ask a question anyway. What do you use to get hard water stains off? I know, to prevent it wipe your sink after each use, My kids don't.

  10. Years ago a metal engineer told me to wash sink or stove top real well with soapy water, then rinse and dry well.
    Polish with baby oil, let set for a while, then dry buff it to a nice shine. I do this once a week and my sink looks like a new sink all the time. I live in a duplex and the sink was abused long before I moved in.
    My landlord was really impressed.

  11. I have a glue like substance, it could be from the granite countertop installation but i Don't know how to get rid of it. Please help.

  12. I simply use plain baking soda and a rag with my smooth finish stainless sink. Just like in the old days. I have never had stuck on foods in my sink and I regularly cook quite a bit. My sink was purchased from Menards and is now 30 years old and still looks great. I regularly leave standing water in it overnight. It always looks great when cleaned. I always have baking soda on hand , it is multi purpose and non toxic. One less product to buy and no need to buy ones that are harmful to Mother Nature. Keep it simple I say. Thanks for the video. Well done.

  13. I have a question. Why are kitchen faucets like the one shown in this video almost always mounted with the handle to the right? This causes the user to drip water onto the counter whenever they reach for the handle. I have started to mount new faucet installs with the handle pointed toward the front. That way dripping hands are kept over the sink and avoids water pooling on the countertop. Try this. You'll be surprised how much cleaner this keeps your countertop.

  14. Do not buy the shiny stainless sink it will It will scratch in 5 seconds, I also install that metal rank for the bottom it and it makes scratches to.

  15. Put a small amount of veg oil on paper towel when sink is dry. Then buff. The water/food should sheet right off and it shines the sink

  16. I use Bar Keepers Friend to start with and a blue non-scratch pad. Then for touch up cleaning and to remove coffee I use a magic eraser pad. it literally erases all coffee from the stainless steel! This method works well on all stainless steel surfaces.

  17. I find these home vids, plus cooking vids REALLY calming. I can't cook and I'm lucky if I can put a light bulb in it's socket. I can barely boil an egg, but, LORD, I love cooking and home improvement vids. Is there something wrong with me??

  18. I would never use Comet on my stainless steel, Bar Keepers , baking soda, and soap work really well, also Stainless Steel cleaner keeps the sink shinny and new.

  19. Wow amazing ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ thank u for sharing the video ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

  20. As a professional housekeeper for over 20 years I feel compelled to warn people DO NOT use the green sponge on your sink!! Check out the 3M website for the recommended, proper, product for scrubbing. The green sponge will ruin your expensive sink, brushed finish or not!

  21. I just cleaned with regular Dawn soap, rinsed, then used Zep Stainless Steel Polish, to shine it, spray, let it sit for about 2 min, then towel dry wipe. I got it for almost 5$ from Home Depot.

  22. Cool! We have had new worktops and a new sink installed and I just chanced up this video! That guy is quite appealing.

  23. Easy off oven cleaner "yellow can" works better than anything else I've EVER used.. just Easy Off and a sponge brings it back to a NEW look takes off every stain including rust..

  24. "Use a non abrasive cleaner" then shows 3 highly abrasive cleaners. You can soda blast rust off steel with baking soda for gods sake.

  25. Is there anyway to buff out scratches from a commercial satin finish stainless steel hand washing sink? Also, there's a fountain that seems to have the same problem but it appears to be the brush mate finish. Any suggestions?

  26. As a professional cleaner, I advise people against buying cheap stainless steel- refrigerators and stoves in particular. I, personally, would never have any stainless steel in my home. They are high-maintenance.

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  28. Any tips on how to buff-out scratches that have formed? Saw someone on YouTube use Colgate toothpaste…but they didn't quite film the before & after shots of the scratch.

  29. Sink is only few months old and I still struggle with water stains…I hear we have lots of calcium in our water…have done everything you recommended…still canโ€™โ€™t bring it back completely …please help

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