Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink: 4 Maintenance Tips

Walter Works Stainless Steel

Items in your pantry such as olive oil, baking soda, and vinegar can aid in the up-keep of your sink.

A stainless-steel sink can add a clean, sleek look to just about any kitchen. Since stainless steel can begin to look rusty and dull after a period of time, it’s important to know a few ways to keep your kitchen sink looking brand new even after using it for a long time. Despite what some may think, they are easy to keep clean and disinfected. At WalterWorks we care about the up-keep of your appliances even after they have been purchased from us. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to help keep your sink’s beautiful appeal to complement your kitchen: 

1. Avoid Scratches

Metals such as forks, knives, and spoons as well as glass dishes are constantly being put into the sink which can easily cause scratches and scrapes in your kitchen sink. Not only can scratches cause your sink to appear unappealing but scratched stainless steel causes chemicals and food to get stuck onto the surface of the sink which can lead to rust and corrosion. Adding a metal grid to the bottom of the sink is a great way to avoid direct contact between your sink and your dishes which will eliminate scratches and scrapes. 

2. Rinse and Wipe 

Preventing water spots is a great way to keep your stainless steel from looking dull. Water spots appear when you leave water sitting too long without drying a surface immediately after it gets wet. You can prevent water spots by wiping your sink completely dry after each use. 

Extra tip: Using a microfiber cloth to polish your sink after wiping dry will provide extra protection against water spots and preserve the shine of your sink.

3. Turn to Your Pantry

Don’t be afraid to search around your pantry for a few items to keep your stainless-steel kitchen sink intact! Here are a few items that may already be in your kitchen ready to use and great for getting the job done:


Using vinegar as a cleanser for stainless steel sinks is a great option and an even better way to prevent bacteria from lingering in your sink after washing dishes. After each use be sure to wipe dry and repeat as often as you’d like either weekly or daily.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is great for getting rid of tough stains that other chemicals or techniques may have a hard time eliminating. To use baking soda to get rid of stains you will need to make a paste combining equal parts water and baking soda and apply it to your sink using a cloth. Once applied to the sink, scrub gently and rinse. Be sure to wipe completely dry using a microfiber towel to avoid water spots.

Olive Oil

If your stainless-steel sink begins to look a little dull, a little olive oil can do the trick. Simply add a bit of olive oil to a cloth and gently buff away any areas that appear dull or use it on your entire sink. This is a great way to polish and restore the shine to your sink.

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