My wife and I use Barkeepers Friend. This is a very mild powder abrasive
that cleans just about anything without damaging it. We started to use it on
our All Clad Stainless Steel cookware and now on our stainless steel sink,
tea kettle, countertops, stovetop, etc. The stuff is great and only costs a
couple of dollars at the grocery store or my employer Bed Bath & Beyond.
Also there is a product called Stainless Steel Magic that is a liquid in a
spray bottle that works very well.
Hope this helps.
BarKeeper's Friend and Zud, a similar product, both contain oxalic
acid which will do wonders in removing stains, especially iron &
Oxalic acid eats rust as well as being an oxidizing agent for
attacking other stains.
It can be used to remove black stains on wood due to wet nails, wet
tin cans, etc.
Both products are great for removing iron stains from porcelain too.
Every shop should have a can.
"Stainless Steel Polish"
Nope, I"m not being factious.
That's the name of the product.
Made by "The Hope Company", Bridgeton Mo.
It does say "Not recommended for mirror surfaces, use Hope's Brass Polish"
Most brass cleaner/polish compounds -- e.g. Brasso, Noxon -- say that they
work for Stainless, too.
Well, you are right, it was the wrong newsgroup and I should have couched
it. Being a general contractor, one of my employees spilled some muratic
acid in the sink just before the final walk through on the house. Not being
a "house wife" or a professional cleaner, I just took a shot. Needless to
say, I am a bit aggravated at the employee using the sink in a $450k house
just before I get my check!
My apologies to the group, I will promise to be better and more careful of
posts in the future. I still may be "buying a sink" ! Anybody interested
in a stained stainless Steel sink "never" used?
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
I'll apologize for my comments - that was rude of me as one stated. But if
you'll take a look, we are getting more and more posts that have nothing to
do with woodworking - directly. I hope you will stick around and that my
bad hair day was just that.
Welcome to the wRECk and if I knew how to cure your stained sink, I would
gladly tell you. I don't but it sure looks like Andy has a handle on it.
Why ? What's wrong with it ?
Scratches - Garryflex block, in a range of grits (rubber block with
embedded grit - severa similar brands). Finish with 3M "scouring pad"
abrasive in grey if you want it shiny, stop at the medium Garryflex
for a brushed finish.
There's no point in using liquid or cream polishes. These are
expensive and either ineffective or excessive. Solvol, a well known
chrome polish is a fine abrasive polish - it has to be, because it
works on pure chrome plate ! Stainless is much softer and so almost
any polish works - stick with the bulk solid abrasives, they work much
Oily grimy muck - clean the greasy nastiness off with caustic soda
(wear gloves). Then rinse well and only then use an oxalic acid powder
cleaner like Barkeeper's Fiend.
Rust stains - either technique. Oxalic acid isn't a bad de-ruster for
If it's cheap stainless, re-passivate it after any mechanical cleaning
and before there's any chance for "kitchen stains" to re-appear.
Clean it, degrease it, then apply an acid passivation solution. Citric
acid is good, and it's cheap too. Make sure it's relatively pure, so
use a food-grade (homebrew shop), because chlorides and other salts
may actually discolour it. 5% solution by weight is reasonable.
If it's small machined parts, or you're doing this for mechanical
anti-cracking reasons, then read this good site on the subject:
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