I've only had the new Franke sink a few months and now it's starting to get
a light tan hue from tea stains.
So far I've bought Inox Creme ('the best care for every stainless steel sink
from Franke') but it is a gentle cream and just gives a brilliant shine
without removing stains. "Shiny Sinks" was sold to me by the local diy shop
but on my return home I decided it was too harsh and would not do. Now I'm
stuck as to what to use. Any ideas?
Thanks very much.
Of course it doesn't actually *remove* the stains, it just renders
them invisible (though if you're being pedantic I suppose a stain is
only a stain if it's visible). I discoverd this when I used bleach on
some photographic developer stains many years ago, they disappeared
beautifully but the moment some more developer hit them they became
instantly brown again.
Personally I think life's too short to want stainless steel to stay
pristine on the bottom of the sink.
That is not *necessarily* so. Bleach and caustic soda work by chemical
recations. They change the chemical composition of what they bleach. If
teh end product is water souluble, it will simply wash away.
Viz a grease stain will end up as soap and be gone for ever.
The tendency of caustic is to rip other molecules apart, leaving
fragmenst with various groupings on them left over. Its very rarely a
reversible reaction. Well not without considerable equipment and
knowledge anyway :)
Anyway I use caustic on things like stained china and steel sinks, and
mainly, it's fine. I have ended up staing some things - can't recall
what - but mostly its pristine woderfulness afterwards. Beware of its
effects on plastc tho - can make tghe waste pipes brittle, so not to be
used too often.
Use my old granny's tried-and-tested method for removing said stains
from the inside of her teapot (why did she mind about it?!) - soak in
a fairly concentrated solution of clothes washing powder. Works a
treat with no need for abrasives.
I've used the same trick on both stainless steel teapots and sinks. A
generous helping of washing powder and hot water, and leave to soak for a
while. If doing this to a teapot, rinse thoroughly afterwards. And then
rinse again. And again. And then vow never to clean the thing ever again
because tea tastes 'orrible for ages afterwards!
On the other hand, on a sink it does a fantastic job.
Can't beat good old bleach. I can personally recommend a Tesco own brand -
Tesco Kitchen Cleaner Plus Bleach 500ml Trigger 88p.
Got it in a 2 for 1 offer with their bathroom one, not expecting much, but
I'm a sucker for offers. But - it removes every kind of stain known to man,
not bad on grease. Really cheap, but pongs to high heaven. Has an aura
that it might be one of Mr Burns of Springfield's by-products.
Bathroom one was rubbish, btw.
Tomato ketchup is what they use in the catering trade I believe.
As for tea stains on china, try a dilute solution of Ribena overnight. I
once used washing powder to clean a saw blade. It certainly got rid of the
resin on the teeth but it badly pitted the metal so I don't think I'd want
it in my teapot.
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