This past weekend we had the pleasure of helping our daughter and her fiance clean up a townhouse they just purchased.
As soon as I saw the kitchen, I knew I had a date with the kitchen sink. Oh, sure, there were walls to be painted, baseboards to scrub, and bathrooms to sanitize but I had it in for the kitchen sink.
It was the worst looking sink I had ever seen. Apparently someone had regularly dumped coffee into the stainless steel sink and didn't bother to rinse it down. Over a few years, the stainless steel was definitely not "stain-less". I really thought the whole sink might have to be thrown out and replace but I decided to give it a bit of elbow grease.
First I pulled out my Cameo stainless steel cleaner. It helped a little bit. Then I combined the Cameo cleaner with a Mr. Clean Magic eraser and scrubbed. . . and scrubbed. . . and scrubbed.
But all the scrubbing was worth it. It looks so much better.
So, if you have a sink that needs a bit of attention, here are some techniques you might want to keep in mind.
For general cleaning on most sinks: Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your sink. Scrub with a damp sponge and rinse. For stubborn stains, you can dip and cut lemon half into the baking soda and scrub with that. To remove water spots, use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol or vinegar.
For Porcelain sinks: be careful to not use scouring powders or steel wool on porcelain sinks as they will scratch the finish. To remove rust, rub the sink with a paste of borax and lemon juice. Rinse well.
For stainless steel: Use a stainless steel cleaner and rinse thoroughly. To remove rust, rub with WD-40 and rinse well.
To give your sink a nice polished look, you might want to try my lemon oil trick.