How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

Get your stainless steel sink polished to a shine with these tried and true cleaning methods.

Stainless steel is a top-selling material for kitchen sinks, and for good reason: it’s durable, low-maintenance, heat- and stain-resistant, affordable, and impervious to chipping and cracking. While it may scratch, scuff marks are typically easy to soften and eventually become part of the sink’s unique pattern and grain.

Stainless steel sinks are generally easiest to maintain, requiring no special treatment or cleaners. However, the life of your stainless steel sink can be increased with proper (easy!) care and a bit of attention to detail; maintain it properly to extend its life expectancy and keep it looking new and shiny for as long as possible.

There are several tried-and-true methods for cleaning a stainless steel sink using common household staples:
How to clean a stainless steel sink with olive oil

Olive oil is a fixture in most kitchens, and it’s also a great natural polish for your stainless steel sink (and appliances!).

•    Clean the sink with your preferred cleaning agent and method
•    Allow the sink to dry
•    Apply olive oil to the sink using a soft cloth
•    Rub in the oil, going in the same direction as the steel’s grain
•    Shine the sink with a fresh cloth or paper towels, removing excess oil

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