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How to Clean a Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Stainless Steel SinkI love stainless steel kitchen sinks. We have three in the new house: the huge main kitchen sink, the kitchen island sink, and the kitchenette sink in the basement.

They have a sharp, shiny, industrial look that I love. But recently a reader emailed me to ask how to clean a stainless steel sink. I love being able to address reader questions. Here’s the info you asked for!

Spray down your stainless steel kitchen sink with a degreaser (I use the Clean Team’s “Red Juice”). Use a white pad or even a mild dish scrubber to rub down all surfaces. Rinse with hot water.

I don’t bother to wipe down my sink. I have better things to do (and it gets wet about every three minutes). But the cleaned sink dries in no time and looks gleaming.

If your sink is much dirtier, try a mild abrasive (I use the Clean Team’s “Pro Scrub”). Follow the same steps to a shiny sink that looks like new.

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  • john February 22, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Hey Alison,

    Thanks for the tip on spraying the sink with a degreaser. I will also try the Clean Team’s “Red Juice” brand you suggested. I usually just use some “Fantastic” spray and some paper towels to wipe it down to clean my stainless steel kitchen sink. I will give your cleaning a method a try and see how it looks.

  • Margie February 22, 2011, 8:22 pm

    I know this is supposed to be simple, but mine always has those raised water streaks. I tried 409 (it’s a degreaser, right?) and it worked. Haha!

  • Anna February 23, 2011, 11:22 pm

    My kitchen is my pride – I also have a stainless sink because it’s so convenient and …. cool. And I try to buy only the best abrasives for cleaning.
    A friend of mine said that a kitchen is a woman’s face. I also want to look stainless and clean!

  • David February 24, 2011, 9:34 am

    I usually use the cleansing spray for cleaning sinks and flushes.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 24, 2011, 12:35 pm

    Sometimes people don’t realize that poor quality cleaning products can actually damage surfaces — making them harder to clean and reducing their lifespan. Using quality stuff, as you do, is a good idea.

    Oh, but I sure hope my kitchen isn’t my face! :-0

  • Alison Moore Smith February 24, 2011, 11:50 pm

    Margie, yes, 409 and Fantastic and other such products are degreasers. I like my Red Juice because it’s concentrated and relatively inexpensive, but any such product will do the trick. And they get rid of that build up that you speak of. 🙂
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  • rachel October 21, 2011, 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the information. Should help with my stainless steel appliances, as well.

  • Jonny October 25, 2011, 1:38 am

    Ah yes but don’t forget to clean the drain also as moth flies love to live in the mold under, so get a drain cleaner once in a while and pour it down the drain and if there was a strange smell coming out from your sink, there is a chance that it might disappear if you clean your drain once in a while.

  • Sussan May 21, 2015, 11:00 am

    Thanks for the tip on spraying the sink with a degreaser. I will give your cleaning a method a try and see how it looks.
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