Monday, October 5, 2009

5 Tips for Maintaining Stainless Steel Sinks

Caring for your Stainless Steel Sink

If maintained properly, your stainless steel sink will not chip, peel, rust or discolor.

The following chart illustrates recommendations for maintaining the original appearance of your new Moen® stainless steel kitchen sink. By following these suggestions, your sink will look great and be worry-free for many years to come.


Recommended Cleaner

Method of Application

Routine Cleaning

Soap, ammonia, detergent and water.

Rub with a sponge or cloth. Rinse with clean water and dry. Satisfactory for all finish types.

Smears and fingerprints

Window or glass cleaner

Rub with cloth. Satisfactory for all finish types.

Persistent Spots and Stains

Stainless Teeth Cleaner

Apply with sponge or cloth. Rub back and forth in direction of grain lines. Rinse with clean water and dry. NOTE: Not for mirror finishes.

Hard water spots and scale

Vinegar (full strength)

Swab and soak for 5-10 minutes. Rub, then rinse with a neutralizer (such as a baking soda solution). Rinse with clean water and dry. Satisfactory for all finish types.

“Rusty” discoloration and atmospheric stains

Any of the above

Swab with a cloth and soak for 5 minutes. If necessary, rub with a nylon pad. Rinse with clean water and dry. Satisfactory for all finish types.

Steel wool pads to clean your sink. This can cause rust or pitting of the sink surface.

Avoid leaving rubber mats, wet sponges, cloths and cleaning pads to sit in the sink. Food particles and deposits can cause discoloration. Avoid leaving liquid soap to dry on the sink surface. Many detergents contain chemicals that can dull the finish, cause pitting or staining. Avoid using bleach in your sink. Bleach, even dilluted, can cause corrosion if left in your sink for extended periods of time. If bleach comes in contact with your sink, rinse thoroughly.

Water quality can also affect the appearance of your sink. Where hard water or water with high iron content is present, a brown stain, looking like rust, may appear. In areas with water of a high concentration of minerals or oversoftened water, a white film may appear on the sink. If either condition exists, we recommend drying the sink with a soft towel after each use. is the leading online retailer of Faucets. We carry every Moen product including Moen Faucets, and Moen Sinks. Free Ground Shipping on all orders over $99. Award winning site, large selection, low prices and excellent customer service. The Faucet leader. Why shop elsewhere?


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