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Stainless steel sink care & maintenance

"The Do's"

Clean your stainless steel regularly. Light, daily maintenance is preferred to sporadic deep cleanings.
Keep your stainless steel sink clean and dry in between each use. Using a dry, soft cloth to dry the sink will help avoid in-depth cleanings and keep it shiny and water-spot free, especially if your tap water has a high mineral content.

Use vinegar, Lime Away or CLR to remove visible mineral deposits. You should always rinse your stainless sink thoroughly after using such products. DO NOT USE ANY ABRASIVE MATERIALS ON THE MIRROR FINISH.

Clean your sink with a mild, non-abrasive detergent. Liquid dish soap or a metal polishing agent such as Peek work well when applied with a soft cloth.

Clean and scrub the inside of the sink bowls with a mild abrasive agent (such as Old Dutch or Comet). Always scrub in the direction of the grain to avoid scratching. Rinse well, then dry with a dry, soft cloth to avoid water spots and mineral deposits.

"The Don'ts"

Use steel wool pads to clean your stainless sink. These metal scrubbing pads will leave behind small iron particles that, in time, will cause your stainless sink to rust and corrode. These particles are not noticeable but will cause big damage over time. Non-metallic scrubbing pads such as Scotch Brite are a safer alternative.

Leave any metallic product such as cast iron cookware or metal cooking utensils in your stainless steel sink for any prolonged period of time. Moist or wet iron sitting in your stainless steel sink will cause staining and, in extreme cases, rust. If you must let a pan soak, fill it with water and sit it on a cutting board or thick towel on the countertop.

Use chlorine bleach to clean your sink. Doing so may cause pitting. Note that chlorine or chlorine compounds may be present in certain bacterial soaps. Read the label carefully and dilute the soap with water before using it on your stainless steel sink.

Use drain cleaning products that contain sulphuric or hydrochloric acid.

Use your stainless steel sink as a cutting surface. You may also scratch your sink if you leave sharp knives sitting in the bowl. Bottom grids are available for many KINDRED sinks and are designed to protect your sink from scratches and marking.