When first in use your sink may appear to show up scratches easily.
However, rather like the bodywork of your car, stainless steel can scratch easily. Care must be taken therefore when cleaning or indeed during every day use.
Minor scratching of the sink’s surface is extremely difficult to avoid and is not something to be unduly concerned about. The drainer area in particular is likely to pick up scratches due to hard objects placed upon it. These marks are usually only superficial and can be removed with a proprietary stainless steel cleaner. A useful alternative is a car paint restorer such as ‘T-Cut.’.
The quality of your water can affect the good looks of your sink by giving the appearance of staining. This “staining” is generally a build-up of lime scale or similar mineral deposit, particularly prevalent in hard water areas. Lime scale readily absorbs staining agents such as tea, coffee, red wine, etc., spoiling the appearance of your sink. For this reason always rinse and dry your sink after each occasion you use it to avoid mineral deposits being left behind on the surface when the water evaporates.
To remove any lime scale that has built up on your sink, try using a proprietary lime scale removing product such as Viakal® or Limelite®. Alternatively, soak in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water. This will loosen the scale, making it possible to scrub it away with an abrasive pad and kitchen sink cleaner.
This high-quality material makes our sinks eye-catching and resistant to stains, rust and corrosion. So we created our own Stainless Steel Sink Cleaner specifically for the care and maintenance of this special material. This sink cleaner with its professional formulation effectively eliminates limescale and food deposits on your stainless steel sink, helping to keep your sink in optimum condition. You can purchase Stainless Steel Cleaner here.
This cleaner is easy to apply; just spread a small amount on a damp cloth, and distribute it throughout the sink with minor circular motions. Leave to work for a few moments and rinse with clean water. Afterwards, polish with a dry cloth – the Microfiber Cloth is ideal – buy it here.
Oil, grease and fingerprints
These are generally removed with washing up liquid and hot water but a solvent may be required (eg. White Spirit). Care must be taken to use the proper safety precautions if using solvents.
Stains from tea (tannin) can be removed by immersion in a hot solution of sodium bicarbonate (washing soda) and water. Alternatively the solution can be applied with a soft cloth or sponge.
Hard water spots and scaling
A multi-purpose cream cleaner, applied with a damp cloth, will generally remove water marks. Heavy limescale can be loosened by soaking in hot vinegar solution. (3 parts hot water to 1 part vinegar).
It is unlikely that such marks will actually be rusting on the stainless steel sink itself. They are more likely to be the result of small particles of “ordinary steel” which have become attached to the surface then subsequently rusted. Causes can be debris from steel wool (Brillo®) scouring pads, use of steel kitchen utensils, old water supply pipes or sometimes even new taps can pass pieces of steel after installation.
If you want to remove any rust stains from your products, we recommend using a cleaning agent containing oxalic acid (e.g. Bar Keepers Friend®). Always use mild, non-abrasive cleaning agents such as our Stainless Steel Sink Cleaner to remove stubborn stains from your stainless steel and make sure you thoroughly rinse away any cleaning liquids once finished. Oh, one more thing, when cleaning your stainless steel, NEVER USE STEEL WOOL PADS. We, and our stainless steel, thank you in advance.
You can purchase Stainless Steel Sink Cleaner here.
Occasionally it may be necessary to resort to a proprietary stainless steel cleaner to return the surface to its original condition.
Heat tinting (unlikely to occur during normal usage)
If discoloration from heat tinting does occur, the use of a proprietary stainless steel polish and a nylon scouring pad (eg. Scotchbrite®) will be required. Be aware that slight abrasion of the surface may occur from the scouring action so try to scour in the same direction as the natural grain on the sink’s surface.
(NB Do not use silver dip type cleaners as these will badly dull the surface.)
Don’t forget! – always finish off by rinsing your sink thoroughly with clean water to remove any residue, then dry it with a soft cloth to prevent limescale and water spotting.
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