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Friday, June 24, 2011

How to Keep Those Stainless Sinks Bright and Shiny




When I showed my solution to the kitchen hand towel problem, I was asked to share how I keep my sink so shiny.  When we had the granite installed, I wanted a new sink, but I was a little leary of the stainless because they always look so dirty and spotted after a while, and I didn't want that.  However, I loved the look, so I found a really heavy guage stainless and went for it.  I loved that one side is larger and extra deep.


As I was cleaning today, I saw some water spots that needed to be removed so I got out my secret weapon.  These are the normal water spots that will not wipe out with a cloth or soap and water. 



This is an automotive scotch brite pad.  Mine is getting pretty worn, so I think I need a new one.  It is much finer than a regular scotch brite pad and doesn't leave scratch marks.  Just scrub away , making SURE you go with the grain of the stainless.  This thing works wonders, it removes all kinds of scratches and spots and leaves the sink bright and shiny.  Just clean all of the spots away and then wipe down with a clean damp cloth and it will sparkle like new.  AGAIN, BE SURE YOU GO WITH THE GRAIN OF THE STAINLESS.  If you don't you will make terrible marks on the stainless that you don't want.  I do not recomment this for your appliances, they have some kind of coating on them, but it works wonders on the sink.


All my spots are gone and it shines like new.


Bright and shiny and looks so clean. 


 You can get the pads at any Auto Body store.  Just tell them you want Fine Scotch Brite pads.


Let me know how it works for you. 

38 comments:

  1. My secret weapon is Barkeeper's Friend and a Scotch Brite. I even use the Barkeeper's Friend on appliances without the scrubbing pad (just a cloth) It does not scratch!

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  2. HI MARTY!!!
    That is the reason I went with black porcelain, I was worried about water spots, THAT IS AMAZING!!!I will pass that info on!!!Blogging is so helpful and I learn so much!!!
    Your kitchen is always bright and clean and so sparkly!!!
    hugs,
    jamie

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  3. Sometimes we have to think outside the box for solutions -- I'll have to try this!

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  4. Marty, Great idea! I'll pass the tip along to my hubby. :) He's the dish washer. Actually we have a dishwasher but he does the pots and pans and sink. Thanks,
    Babs

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  5. We don't call you smarty Marty for nothin!!!
    Great tip !
    xoxo~Kathy @
    sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  6. Great Marlys! Thank you so much for the tip...I'm so, slow? I've been using this Scotch bright weapon for my stainless Cuisinart pots, that I love to see them shining,BUT, slow me, didn't think of using it on the steinless sink!! Yeah, like Kathy says: You're, "SMARTY MARTY", alright!! Thanks for sharing, yours look fab!
    Love, FABBY

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  7. Well, thanks for the tip, Marty! I do have that kind of sink. I love seeing this view I don't recall seeing just this way before. I can see your home is very open, which is really appealing to me.
    Brenda

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  8. I LOVE Barkeepers Friend.....its great to remove rust stains on porcelain toilets....we have very hard water here!!! The sink looks great Marty...hugs...cleo

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  9. Thanks for sharing this great tip Marty. I have a similar stainless steel sink but it is never shiny and bright like yours... I have to try these automotive scotch brite pads.Thanks a bunch!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  10. I also use Barkeepers Friend also..Love it...

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  11. Some of the best solutions are the easiest . Thanks for sharing, Richard at My Old Historic House

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  12. I will be buying some tomorrow! Thanks for telling us. Linda

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  13. Great tip! I am definitely going to try this. I use Barkeeper's Friend but this looks less messy.

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  14. Thank you, thank you for this info.. my new stainless steel sink of only 6 months is not looking so new now.. tomorrow I'm off to my auto store.. thanks again
    Sndy

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  15. Marty, thanks for the info, going to send Mr. P up when he feels up to get me one...hugs ~lynne~

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  16. Hi Marty....
    I am so thankful to have this new tip for my kitchen..Those little water spots can drive a gal nuts..
    Going head out and get me the magic pad....Thanks.
    shug

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  17. My sink is just like your except it is the black granite sink. I have to do special stuff to clean this one, too. Yours sparkles like new.

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  18. I have stainless sink and use Mr. Clean white sponge to keep it clean. I use those for almost everything. I've wondered how I got along without it before it came out.

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  19. Running out to get an automotive scotch brite pad ------------->

    TYVM, Marty!!

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  20. Thanks Marty! That has been added to my shopping list.
    AT

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  21. Thanks so much for sharing this. I was looking at my sink today thinking that I needed to do something. Now I know what!

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  22. Thank you for the tip! My cleaner always leaves a residue.
    I just found your blog today-I'll be back for sure!
    Please drop by and visit my new blog and say "hi".
    Have a great weekend!

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  23. Thanks for the tip, Mary!...Christine

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  24. I will be going to the automotive store today. Thanks for the wonderful tip Marty!

    Paula

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  25. Thanks for the tip, Marty! Between you and Kathysue, I am learning how to keep my sink perfect! Now...how about those footprints where the cat walks in it in search of a drink? lol I love your toweling runner! I think I am about to be a big copy cat and make one! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

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  26. Thanks for the tip Marty! I really need something to keep mine clean too. I usually use barkeepers secret w/brillo but like this even better! Thanks again!

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  27. thanks for the tip. When I was out of town my husband surpised me and put a new stainless sink in....could not believe how bright and shiny it was!

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  28. Thanks for the tip, Marty! I've avoided stainless sinks in AZ because of the water (I know you live in AZ as well) so now I know I could have one if I decide to go that route. I do have stainless appliances, & I use Pledge furniture polish to shine things up!

    Just wanted to thank you for sharing the source for the grain sack toweling. I love to use this type of towel to applique for Christmas gifts, but they have been difficult to find. I found them once at Tuesday morning & bought all they had, but now I know where I can buy as much as I need, thanks to you & Sherry!
    CAS

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  29. I also use Bar Keepers Friend and it works marvelously, doesn't scratch, is inexpensive and can be bought in any grocery store. I love having a shiny sink.

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  30. What a wonderful tip Marty! Thanx for sharing!

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  31. What a great tip, Marty! Also, thanks to the commenters who mentioned Barkeepers Friend. I'll add these two items to my cleaning supplies.

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  32. Marti, I've been looking for these 'automotive scotch brite pads' with little luck. Where do you purchase them? Thanks!

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  33. Hello all,

    stainless steel sinks are a common sight in kitchens, the increasingly popular composite sinks are an alternative worth considering. These sinks are resistant to all types of damage and are not affected by hot or cold objects, making them a low maintenance option. Thanks for sharing it...

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    Stainless Sinks

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  35. Thanks so much for this tip! I am getting some today! How did you discover this??? You are the best!

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