how to clean a old stainless steel sink

sharon620October 1, 2009


I have a old stainless stainless steel sink that I would like to bring back to almost new. Well I realize the scratches will never come out but what about water stains, paint etc?

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Scrub well with an SOS soap filled pad...

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 1:35PM
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If perchance the surface is what they call "brushed", after you have cleaned it you can take a fine emery used in auto refinishing and do some remarkable scratch removal.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 3:46PM
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Try Bar Keepers Friend. It is a mild (oxalic) acid and will clean stains and scratches off stainless steel. It will abrade the surface a little. Your sink won't look brand new again. But it will look clean and much more attractive.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 5:59PM
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This is what you are looking for and I have used it many times and it works like a charm. The sink will look new.
It is called SCRATCH AWAY Stainless Steel sink Restoration Kit. The kit contains these pads and you start with the coarsest grade of crystal pad to the finest. The directions are easy to read and the results are amazing. I bought these at Home Depot but I am sure you will find them in the other big box home improvement stores

    Bookmark   October 1, 2009 at 6:54PM
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Don't use steel wool or SOS pads on you SS sink (old or new). It will add scratches that may soon start to rust. I use Barkeepers Friend on my sink when there are stains, but it's relatively new and isn't damaged. Most of the time I maintain my sink by just washing it with dish soap. That Scratch Away Kit sounds like the thing to restore your sink. Good Luck!

    Bookmark   October 2, 2009 at 6:07PM
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Probably you have cleaned the sink by now BUT.. I worked in Plumbing & AC office 10 yrs. Bar keep friend is the best for your sink. But you meantioned paint on it, I would use a little paint remover (turpentine perhaps) and then the barkeep friend.. however a master plumber who worked for me said to keep it shiney (not the new 'brushed" finish they have now) but a regular SS sink, is a lemon. Cut it in half and rub across the sink like it was a rag. Good Luck. P.S. Barkeep Friend is probably on the top shelf in the store because of its price. But well worth it.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2009 at 2:57PM
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I, too, have an old stainless steel sink and what I use is Soft Scrub with bleach. It seems to work wonders and I use it all the time!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 7:01PM
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Hey to clean and keep a shine on stainless steel, just rub it and clean it with Baking soda, I do it all the time and even when I was a general manager for a fastfood restaurant, we polish it with good ole baking soda

    Bookmark   October 16, 2009 at 8:32PM
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