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Stainless Steel Sinks Just Need a Little TLC

A Few First Steps Before Cleaning  Stainless Steel Sinks

The obvious first steps in cleaning stainless steel sinks is to wash any dishes and to remove any loose debris like vegetable peelings etc. Then you can choose one of several cleansers.  There are specific stainless steel sink cleansers.  You don’t necessarily need to go to that expense, however.  You can use baking soda moistened with water to form a paste or cream of tartar with a small amount of vinegar.  Barkeepers Friend ( makes a very good and gentle cleanser.  Rub these pastes onto the surface of the sink.  Most stainless steel sinks are a brushed finish.  It is important to follow the direction of the grain of that brushing in order to avoid scratching the finish.  Use a microfiber cloth to gently rub the paste into the surface.  Then rinse the surface to remove all the cleanser.  If your sink has a sprayer, that is the best way to go.

What About the Small, Tight Areas?

Here is where a toothbrush will come in handy.  Use it with cleanser to get the area where the faucet meets the sink.  Black gunk tends to collect there.  Also use the toothbrush to thoroughly clean the drain area which is likely to be the dirtiest part of your sink, especially around the disposal.  If you pour unused coffee or tea down the drain and don’t rinse immediately, they will discolor the stainless steel.  Remember to scrub the faucet as well and clean underneath as well as on top. Once the stainless steel sink is clean, use a soft microfiber cloth to dry all the surfaces to a shine.  Your whole kitchen will seem to sparkle when your sink is at its shiny best.

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Editor’s Note:  We originally published this article in September 2014.  We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.


  1. Great advices, especially those with the backing soda and the vinegar. I have two kids and they make such a mess in the bathroom and I am sick of buying expensive cleaning products. With these simple tricks I won’t waste money and my sinks will be clean again.Thanks!