I am new here but just got a wonderful job cleaning some houses and thought
this might be a great place if I ran into any cleaning problems.
Well I have one. I don't think there is a thing that can be done about it
but thought I'd give it a shot.
One kitchen has a corner double stainless steel sink. Problem is half of it
has lost it's shine. I don't know what caused that to happen, kinda like
the shiny finish has somehow been taken out (chemically) if that's possible.
The sinks are aprox 10 years old and since it's only one sink that it dull
it's really ugly. Any suggestions on how I might bring the shine back?
Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!
SR aka turkeylady
If steel has at least 13% chromium, it shouldn't corrode. Manganese
sulfide is added to stainless steel because the resulting metal is
easier to make into objects. As the molten metal cools, the sulfide
attracts chromium, which means there may be less than 13% chromium at
other spots. That's where pitting can happen. The dull sink may have
had long exposure to water containing acid or chloride.
Bar Keeper's Friend might work. If not, automotive rubbing compound
might work. (It's normally used with an electric buffer.) If that
doesn't work, #600 wet sandpaper might do it.
Sounds like someone used bleach to try to clean it. I don't know how
to restore the shine, but if you are cleaning houses, never use
chlorine bleach on stainless steel.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps.
Get a can of Brasso. It will make your sink shine. If harsh
cleansers have been regularly used on the metal, it may need to be
polished with rubbing compound and restored with an electric buffer.
I use Brasso on my faucets, towel rack, paper holders, soap dispensor,
shaving stand, shower pipe, etc (anything stainless steel).
On Mon, 8 Sep 2003 21:48:57 -0500, "turkeylady"
The Brasso reads,"
Stainless Steel: sinks, appliances, boat fittings
Suggested uses include brass beds, fireplace acc., lamps, belt
buckles, chrome auto trim, copper tea kettles, pewter plates, plastic
It also says,"
Keep out of reach of children.
Danger: Harmful or fatal if swallowed. Eye irritant. Vapors harmful.
I han't noticed vapors or eye irritant but I use only a few drops. of
Brasso to polish one large SS sink, maybe 4 times a year. A little
goes a long way (a can lasts me >5 yrs), and the shine comes from the
elbow grease applied. I'm sure the product would make a noticeable
difference to your kitchen counter. Finish up the task with a clean
and soft cotton cloth. Rubber gloves might help you from getting the
black "gunk" on your hands. (Anyone know how to remove this from the
hands? -- Hmm, I may try kerosene next time.)
On Tue, 09 Sep 2003 19:03:52 GMT, "Baroness Benachi"
A more aggressive approach is to use the finest auto rubbing compound
and an auto buffer fitted with a bonnet. I did this to my counter
tops and sink with excellent results. If your sink has many
scratches, use two grades of rubbing compound.
If I asked the shop to borrow a buffer they will freak! but who knows after
the owners go home Sunday I might just feel adventurous. I've already been
told I have the houses cleaner then they have been in years.
I fill my stainless steel sink with boiling hot water with about 1/4 cup
bleach added to it. I let it soak for 1/2 hour then drain the sink. It
leaves the sink sanitized and sparkling clean. Without having to scrub!
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