Stainless Steel Sink Use & Care
Users should do maintenance frequently, regulary with everyday cleanings. A little bit of cleaning on daily basis is preferable to a major cleaning on a periodic basis.
The most suitable process of preventative maintenance is to ensure that the sink is clean, dry and uncovered to room ambience when not in use. Wash and towel dry the sink after use is best thing to minimize major cleanups, keeping it shiny and fairly free of water spots. This is particularly suitable where water may produce a high mineral content.
Users need to keep the sink fixture free of any standing water that may generate mineral deposits. The quality of available water can affect the sinks form and such water quality will differ from home to home.
Should a mineral deposit increase over time, use a easy solution of vinegar and water to decrease the store water, followed by glowing the surface with water.
In order to clean sink, use the mildest cleaning method that will do the operation effectively.
On the mirror or silk finishing use a liquid detergent or use a soft cloth. Don’t try to use any abrasive materials directly on mirror or silk finish.
On non-mirrored finishes use a soft sharp cleanser such as Old Dutch, Comet or Cameo. Always try to clean or scrub following the direction of the grain line. Any extra scrubbing across the grain can show a scratch mark. Scrubbing in the same direction as the grain will mix in any surface scratches.
• Wash the sink after using a detergent or cleaning agent, and wipe the sink dry to depress any water spotting.
Don’t use Steel wools pads to clean your sink as they will leave a residue of small iron particles. The residue particles may not even be readily visible, but they surely will lead to rusting and corrosion of the sink.
For same kind of problems do not leave any mild steel or cast iron cookware or equipment anywhere on the sink for total periods of time. The blended availability of iron and moisture with stainless steel can only cause surface corrosion and staining of the sink.
Never leave rubber dish mats, wet sponges or cleaning pads in the sink for long period as they will catch water underneath which could generate staining and discoloration of the sink surface. The additional features of stainless steel are dependent upon disclosure of the surface to the surroundings.
Don’t use abrasive pads or cleaners on the mirror or silk finishes of the sink. They can scratch the finish.
ScotchBrite pads can be used on the healthy brushed or gleam finishes but only through scrubbing lightly and in the direction of the grain lines within the finishing.
Avoid use of chlorine bleach in your stainless steel sink, as they will attack on the defensive layer that makes stainless steel really stainless. The risk of harm is proportional to the concentration of the chlorine and the period of exposure between the sink and the chlorine liquid or powder. Always dilute any antibacterial accessory used and wipe up any spills. But keep in mind that several antibacterial soaps may contain chlorine compounds.
Any accidental contact of the sink with photographic chemicals or soldering fluxes should be addressed by an immediate rinsing and cleaning of the sink.
Certain foods such as pickles, mayonnaise, mustard and salt laden foodstuffs can cause pitting of the sink surface if left unattended for prolonged periods.