General Sink Care
Regular cleaning of your sink is the best means of preserving and extending the life of your stainless steel sink as well as maintaining its original beauty.
The following is a guide is to help you care for your stainless steel sink:
- To prevent surface spots and lime build up stains caused by the water we use, rinse and towel dry your sink on a regular basis to keep the sink as dry as possible when not in use. The towel you use should also be soft and dry
- Use mild non-abrasive cleansers, preferably liquid cream cleansers that do not contain chlorine, sodium hypochlorite or hydrochloric acid to help maintain the original appearance of your sink. Do not use steel wool or metal scrub packs as these items will scratch your sink as well as dull the finish.
- If you use cleansers ensure that you thoroughly rinse your sink and wipe it dry again to prevent the development of water spots.
- To remove any mineral deposits that may have built up on your sink, we recommend the use of a mild solution of water and vinegar. Again, rinse thoroughly and wipe dry to prevent water spots.
- Stainless steel polishers are also available to maintain the lustre of your sink; however, extra care is required when using these products (read directions carefully). When using stainless steel polishers use a damp cloth and follow the grain of the steel. Rinse thoroughly with water and buff with a soft static-proof cloth. A small test area may be prudent before you polish the entire sink.
- Your stainless steel sink can be scratched or damaged and therefore it is not recommended to cut objects on the surface of your sink or to drop objects into the sink, especially sharp objects. Generally material that is harder than stainless steel such as glass, ceramic, diamonds, abrasives and stone can scratch your sink.
- The use of a stainless steel grill or grid that fits inside the bottom of your sink bowls will protect the sink from scratches that could be caused by the utensils and pots you wash in your sink. Grills or grids are available from BOSCO that are custom designed to fit your sink.
- Stainless steel does not rust; however, rust stains may occur if other iron materials come in contact with the sink. Iron particles from metal cookware, steel pads, etc… will react with water and can cause rust deposits to bond to the sink surface. To remove rust spots or stains which develop use metal cleaners specifically designed not to damage stainless steel.
- Do not pour paint into your sink or mark the surfaces with any form of ink product. The chemicals in paint and ink will permanently mark your sink. If this does occur consult the paint remover manufacturer before using any paint remover product on your sink. In some cases, the use of nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol may assist in removing the paint residue. A small test area may be prudent before you try to remove all the paint from inside your sink.
- The use of rubber coated mats may discolour the sink under prolong use. Similarly, do not leave wet sponges or cloths in or on the sink surface for long periods of time as they too may discolour the sinks
- Do not defrost frozen food directly on the surface of your sink as it will discolour the stainless steel. It is recommended to use a plate or pot which is placed in your sink.
Soap Dispenser Maintenance
As with all liquid soaps when exposed to the air, they will congeal and film over where they are in direct contact with the outside air. If not used regularly, your soap dispenser will experience the same situation. The soap at the tip of the nozzle will harden giving the appearance that your soap dispenser is broken. This is not the case and you should not keep pumping the dispenser in an effort to unclog or force the soap out. The blockage at the end of the nozzle needs to be cleared. Remove the nozzle and runs the tip under warm water and with a wet cloth clean the end of the nozzle. With a sharp object such as a safety pin, gently clean out the tip of the nozzle of all hardened soap. When it appears that all the hardened soap is removed, return the nozzle to the dispenser and gently pump the dispenser until soap flow occurs again.