The Best Way to Clean Your Stainless Steel Sink

Discover some smart and budget-friendly methods that will help you restore the shine to your stainless steel sink.

Your kitchen sink is an integral part of your daily kitchen routine.

Stains and watermarks are an inevitable occurrence if your sink is not looked after, but if you take these tips and tricks on-board, you can have a clean stainless steel sink without causing any further scratches or damage.

Keep Your Sink Tidy and Clean!

Regardless of how much washing up liquid is used during the daily dish wash, sinks will still inevitably collect food scraps and soap deposits which can lead to rust, and eventually water spots will appear. As a rule of thumb to stop these from occurring, you should wash the sink after around 30 uses with a non-abrasive cleaning spray and sponge. This is especially important for stainless steel sinks which are particularly vulnerable if left uncared for.

The Perfect Clean Stainless Steel Sink Rust Remover!

Stainless steel sinks are protected against rust, however, rust spots can occur if the basin is scratched during use. If this has happened, a product called Bar Keepers Friend (available in most good supermarkets) is highly recommended. Coat the affected area with a small amount of the product and scrub with a thick nylon brush. The powder will turn into a paste which you should then work into the affected area thoroughly and repeat the process until the rust spots have disappeared. We also recommend AstraClean Antibacterial Limescale Cleaner to remove any limescale deposits. Over time, these limescale deposits can stain and give the appearance of rust. AstraClean removes the limescale and leaves your sink looking like new.

Flour Isn’t Just Good for Baking Cakes!

When stainless steel is brand new, it can easily be mistaken for polished starlight, so to restore it to it former sparkle, sprinkle over some flour and lightly rub it in with a dry and soft cloth. Rinse all the flour away and it’s shine should be restored.

Toothpaste - If It Can Polish Your Teeth, Why Not Polish Your Stainless Steel Sink?

Imagine you’re brushing your teeth, but instead, smear some non-gel toothpaste onto a soft, dry cloth instead of a brush, and gently polish into your stainless steel kitchen sink. You will soon be able to see your reflection again.

Keep Your Sink Looking Like New With a Sink Protector


Certain types of sink materials and particularly stainless steel sinks can be weak against scratches from daily use. To avoid these scratches, place a protective matt in the sink to absorb the impact from utensils and dishes. A range of sink basin protectors are available depending on your style preference.


A Final Word…

We hope you found this guide helpful and that you now know a number of different ways you can clean your stainless steel sink. If you have any feedback or questions, please comment on this article or our Facebook page and we’ll get back to you ASAP. If you need any further advice, please call us on 01202 556655 or email and our friendly customer service staff will be there to help.

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