How to Clean a Stainless Steel Satin Sink

Updated February 21, 2017

Stainless steel is steel to which chromium has been added, providing resistance to corrosion, scratches, stains and rust. Stainless steel is available in a variety of finishes, and the satin finish is a common choice for sinks. It's silver in colour with a light shine, and doesn't show minor scratches and spots like a mirror finish does. Clean your stainless steel sink with the proper cleaning products to maintain its resistance to wear and keep it looking new.

Rinse the sink thoroughly with clean water to remove any build-up or residue. Use a cup filled with water or a sink sprayer to rinse the sides.

Dampen a cloth with warm water and wring it out. Apply 2 or 3 drops of mild dish detergent to the cloth. If you want to disinfect the sink, spray it with a spray bottle filled with equal parts bleach and water.

Scrub the sink following the direction of the grain with the soapy cloth. If you use bleach, scrub the sink with a water-dampened cloth. Wipe the sides and around the drain, where dirt and residue tend to accumulate.

Rinse the sink thoroughly with clean water. Use a cup or sink sprayer to rinse the sides.

Sprinkle powder cleanser into the wet sink for deeper cleaning. Scrub the sink with a damp cloth following the direction of the grain to remove tough residue and bring out the shine.

Rinse the sink thoroughly with clean water.

Dry the sink with a towel.


According to The Plumbing Store website, you should scour the sink on a weekly basis. It isn't necessary every time you clean the sink, but it can remove tough residue and keep your sink looking its best.

Things You'll Need

  • Cup (optional)
  • Cloth
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Spray bottle
  • Bleach
  • Powder cleanser (optional)
  • Towel
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Shelley Marie has been writing professionally since 2008 for online marketing and informational websites. Her areas of expertise include home, garden and health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and an associate degree in medical billing and insurance coding, both from Herzing University.