Stainless Steel Style: Keeping Your Kitchen Sink Looking Great
As part of the culinary experience, a stainless steel kitchen sink brings good times into your life. Stainless steel kitchen sinks are as popular as ever, in large part due the efforts of quality manufacturers like Kraus. Remodeling contractors, kitchen designers, and homeowners everywhere love what a stainless steel kitchen sink does for the appearance of their kitchen and dining area. Yet stainless steel sinks have received a good amount of unfair criticism about their durability. As retailers of the best names in the home decor industry, one question that we often hear is "how can I care for my stainless steel sink?" No worries - it's easier than you think.
There are a few basic steps to keeping your stainless steel kitchen sink in tip top shape for decades to come: Rinse Regularly, Avoid Corrosives, and Use Common Sense. Of course, it helps if you start with the best sinks money can buy (and we've got them). Remember that the lower the gauge number, the more durable the sink. For average home use, a sink of moderate durability is usually adequate. Still, some care is necessary: stainless steel sinks are made of nickel, steel and chromium, and look terrific if maintained properly.
When you wash food in the sink, you leave behind microscopic elements that can affect the finish of your sink. Meats containing salt, especially, can impact your sink's finish. After each use, wash the interior of your sink with mild, soapy water and then rinse well with clear water after, then towel dry. In the long run, you'll avoid those spots and stains that may come with time.
Never use corrosive chemicals like bleach or detergent powders in or around your stainless steel kitchen sink. This means NEVER. Unlike ceramic or porcelain finished steel sinks, stainless steel sinks are not made to withstand exposure to harsh chemicals. Watch what you pour into your sink - and keep paints, nail polish removers, and thinners far away. If by chance, this mistake is made, immediately wash and rinse thoroughly with tons of warm soapy water and rub with a clean sponge. Repeat until you feel you have rinsed away all of the offending materials.
Use Common Sense
Cooking and food prep can be a passionate exercise, as you chop, slice and mix your way into culinary bliss. When doing so, however, it's never a good idea to use your sink as a chopping surface. Sharp blades can scratch or otherwise mar the surface of a stainless sinks. Also, be careful not to carelessly toss utensils and dishware into the sink; even the stronger grades of stainless sinks can be damaged when mistreated. Also, it's worth mentioning: don't pour hot water into the sink; it can cause discoloration.
Kitchen sinks gets lots of use: follow these simple steps when caring for your stainless steel kitchen sink, and you'll find that it's a valuable long lasting investment that you will be proud of for many years to come.