How to restore stainless steel sink shine

Written by cynthia measom
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How to restore stainless steel sink shine
Restore the shine to your stainless steel sink. (doraclub/iStock/Getty Images)

When a new stainless steel sink with gleaming surfaces makes its debut in your kitchen or bathroom, it stands out as a brilliant shining focal point that you can't help but notice and admire. Over time, however, it can become dull and lacklustre due to dirt build-up or the use of the wrong cleaning products. You can renew your sink's shiny finish with a bit of effort and a few common household products that are safe for use on a stainless steel sink.

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Things you need

  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Non-abrasive scrubbing sponge
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • Bowl or container
  • Clean cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Paper towels
  • Olive oil or baby oil

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  1. 1

    Pour 1/2 tsp of mild liquid detergent onto a non-abrasive scrubbing sponge, and scrub all areas of the sink thoroughly to remove any surface dirt or food particles.

  2. 2

    Rinse the sink surfaces with a sink sprayer set at a hot water setting, or use 3 to 4 cups of hot water to remove all of the detergent.

  3. 3

    Pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar into a bowl or container, and dip a cloth in it to dampen it. Wipe down all areas of the sink basin with the cloth.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda over the surfaces of the sink, and scrub with a clean non-abrasive sponge or cloth. Hold your sink or sponge under the tap, and add more water if the baking soda clumps while you are working with it.

  5. 5

    Rinse thoroughly with a sink sprayer set to a hot water setting, or 3 to 4 cups of hot water, and dry with a clean towel to avoid water spots from forming.

  6. 6

    Apply a few drops of olive oil or baby oil to a paper towel, and rub all surfaces of the sink to make them shine. Add more oil to the towel, if needed, to sufficiently polish the entire sink.

Tips and warnings

  • Try spraying a few spurts of window cleaner in your sink and buffing it to a shine with a clean towel as an alternative to olive or baby oil.
  • Never use any type of abrasive cleaners or scrubbing tools to clean a stainless steel sink. Even if your sink doesn't have a mirror finish, abrasive materials can cause noticeable surface scratches to appear.

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