By Cajun from Opelousas, LA
I got a new stainless steel sink. It had dark marks on the inside, so I cleaned it with Gel Gloss, which is recommended for stainless steel. The marks came off, but the cloth I used was black, like I had removed tarnish from silver.
I now have cleaned it a second time, about a week later, and once again the cloth is black. I'm concerned I'm removing the finish from the sink. Has anyone else experienced this black residue when cleaning their sink?
By Beetlebeau from PA
I have had a stainless steel sink for 5 years and it looks like new, how do I keep it that way? I just scrub it with dish washing liquid and water, if it seems really dirty I use baking soda with a wet cloth to make a paste and scrub the sink. For an occasional rust mark after letting rinsed cans drain I use the Mr. Clean eraser, presto, clean sink, so shiny!
How do I get the smell out of a stainless steel sink?
Raybay from West Orange, NJ
First, using either a damp wash cloth or a scrubbie, scour the sink with baking soda. Baking soda is a natural sanitizing agent. It is a water soluble mineral, and mildly abrasive. It is often recommended for surfaces that you don't want to scratch.
If, your job is tougher than baking soda can manage, mix table salt and vinegar to make a past. Scour away. Vinegar and salt combine to make a "very" mild hydrochloric acid. Additionally, the salt is abrasive and both salt and vinegar are effective sanitizing agents. Cleaning with a sanitizing agent destroys the organic compounds that cause most odors.
If these two don't work, ask yourself "Why am I keeping this sink?" (12/29/2006)