Tips on Caring for Your New Stainless Steel Sink

Stainless steel sinks aren’t “perfect”; no material is perfect for all conditions/situations. But we are not aware of ANY material that is more durable and more “ideal” for sinks than quality stainless steel.

Stainless can scratch and with a mirror finish those scratches will eventually show. This should be taken into consideration when purchasing a stainless steel sink.

On the other hand, satin/brushed finish sinks are compatible with any décor and color scheme. This finish is timeless and elegant, and like fine silver, its beautiful finish becomes lovelier with use and age. A quality stainless steel sink purchased from us, with proper care and maintenance, will give you a lifetime of service.

Why we prefer Stainless Steel Sinks:

  • Tough – Stainless steel is more durable than porcelain and cast iron, and more forgiving than composites. Stainless steel sinks won’t chip, nick or crack. Thin stainless sinks can be dented, but “cheap” sinks of any other materials tend to have less life (longevity) than a “cheap” stainless steel sink.

  • Luster – Stainless steel will not rust, stain or fade, and the finish resists scratches. It keeps its luster longer while other materials will show their age.

  • Absorbs Shock – Stainless steel sinks on impact will “give” to cushion glasses and dishes against breakage.

  • Easier to Clean – Stainless steel retains its luster when cleaned with household cleanser and a soft towel. Healthcare facilities trust stainless steel sinks due in part to their sanitary surface and ease of cleaning.

  • Greater Capacity – Stainless steel has strength and flexibility that allows for deeper sink bowls. It has more overall usable space than porcelain or cast iron.

  • Compliments Any Décor – Stainless steel sinks have clean lines and a cool texture that reflect surrounding colors and patterns. Also, it compliments any décor long after trendy colors are out-of-style.

Chlorides – Today, chlorides are found in most soap, detergents, bleaches and cleansers; chlorides can be aggressive to stainless steel. However, chlorides are very water-soluble. Therefore, THOROUGH RINSING of your sink after each use to remove any chloride residue and a weekly scouring is all that is required to keep your sink looking bright and shiny. See Routine Care for tips on caring/cleaning your sink.

Scratches – Like many metallic surfaces, your stainless steel sink will scratch. These are merely usage scratches and over time will blend into the overall finish of your sink.

Water Quality – The quality of your water can affect your sink’s appearance. If your water has high iron content, a brown surface stain can form on the sink giving the appearance of rust. Additionally, in areas with a high concentration of minerals, or with over-softened water, a white film may develop on the sink. To combat these problems, we suggest that the sink be towel dried after use, and again, on a weekly basis, the sink should be cleaned thoroughly.

Food – Heavy salt concentration or foods containing high levels of salt should not be allowed to dry on the sink surface. Rinse your sink thoroughly after contact with these types of foods.

Cutting – Your sink is designed to serve as many things, but should not be used as a cutting board or chopping block. This type of use will lead to deep scratches in the sink finish and will dull your knives.

Routine Care:

  • Most dirt & stains: Use soapy water or ammonia-based cleaner. Rinse thoroughly.

  • Watermarks: Wipe with damp cloth then towel dry.

  • Disinfecting: Occasionally wipe surface with diluted household bleach (1 part water /1 part bleach). Rinse thoroughly after disinfecting.

  • Maintenance: Occasionally clean by filling the sink one-quarter full with a 50/50 water/bleach solution. Let soak for 15 minutes, then wipe the sides and bottom as solution drains. Rinse thoroughly.