Stainless steel sink

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink Without Scratching It

We all want to keep our homes clean but sometimes we don’t use the right tools for the job. The majority of our kitchen sinks are made from stainless steel and although this is a hard-wearing, long-lasting material it does need some special attention to keep it looking its best.

Anything harsh and abrasive can scratch the surface which is designed to be mirror-smooth and shiny. Any scratches or dents can serve as a home to bacteria and grime and will dull the shine of the steel so it is best to keep scouring products away from the sink. Instead, choose a soft cloth and gentler products.


Before cleaning

Stainless steel should be easy to clean but you can also avoid problems by not leaving wet cloths on the surface and making sure that there is no food or liquid waste left in the sink. Things like coffee and wine will grip to the surface and need extra work to clean off. Ensuring that the plug hole doesn’t have scraps of food in it will keep your kitchen fresh and your sink clean.

What to use to clean a stainless steel sink

There are plenty of products on the market designed specifically for stainless steel and you will want something that will cut grease without containing heavy abrasive chemicals. Simple washing up liquid can cut the grease but you will want to use a disinfectant to kill any lingering bacteria, particularly around the taps and plug hole.

How to clean a stainless steel sink without scratching it

Spray the disinfectant liberally over the stainless steel surface, including taps and plughole, and leave to stand for a minute or two. Take your soft cloth, wet it and wipe the disinfectant away, rinsing as you work. If you leave the sink wet, it will dry with watermarks and won’t look clean so it’s always best to dry the surface after with a soft dry cloth.

If you want to leave your sink shining like new, then you will need to give it a polish with something that is safe to use around food. White vinegar is a firm favourite as is lemon oil and even olive oil gets good results.

You can decant some white vinegar into a spray bottle and mix half and half with water and then spray over the surface. Taking your soft cloth you can then buff the surface, wiping over the whole area until you have removed any watermarks or dull areas. White vinegar is also a natural anti-bacterial so it will help to keep the sink free from harmful bacteria. The sink should be shining like new.

Using lemon oil will give you a pleasant fresh citrus scent and this is sometimes preferred over the mild scent of vinegar, and lemon oil also has some anti-bacterial properties. These products are inexpensive and can help you to keep your kitchen shining like new for years to come.