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Suggestions for the care & cleaning of your stainless steel sink
Your sink is made from the finest nickel bearing stainless steel. It will give you a lifetime of service with proper care and maintenance.
For regular routine cleaning use a non-abrasive cleaner. Liquid dish soap or a mild vinegar solution can be used. This will keep the sink free from residue and grease of food preparation and dish washing without scratching either the bowl area or the “mirror finish” counter-top area of the sink.
Since the detergent used for washing dishes may not be thoroughly effective in removing grease residue. The best result can be obtained by direct application of a non-abrasive household cleaner. Cleaning products containing a mild abrasive and recommended by their manufacture for use on stainless steel sinks are generally satisfactory. Always read the product-use directions on the package before using the product on the sink.
After heavy usage and whenever a thorough disinfecting cleaning is required, use an abrasive disinfecting cleansing powder. Most of these contain bleach, an effective ingredient for killing germs. They will also help to maintain the sink’s natural shine and lustre by completely removing all traces of any surface contaminant which may remain after regular routine cleaning. Please note, however, that an abrasive cleaner should only be used on the bowl area of the sink... Never on the “mirror finish” counter top area of the sink.
Anytime the sink is cleaned a final step is to give it a thorough rinse and then wipe the surface dry.
Your stainless steel sink is easy to keep clean. Simple everyday maintenance, as outlined above, will ensure its long lasting beauty. The best method of "preventive maintenance" is to ensure that the sink is clean, dry and exposed to room atmosphere when not in use.
Quick Tips - How to clean stainless steel sinks
Rust & Water Spots
Use white vinegar on a soft cloth or sponge. It will not only erase the spots, but will brighten the sink. Rubbing alcohol will also remove rust marks as will Flitz®.
Prepare a paste of 3 parts of cream of tarter to 1 part hydrogen peroxide and apply it the stains. Allow to dry and then wipe with a wet cloth or sponge.
Hot water and soap. Clean with a paste of baking soda and water or baking soda and vinegar. Make sure to rinse well and dry the sink.
Chlorides which are found in most soaps, detergents, bleaches and cleansers, are very aggressive to stainless steel. However chlorides are very water soluble and with a thorough rinsing of your sink chloride residue can be removed. If left on the sink surface for too long chlorides can cause pitting of the surface.
Like many metallic surfaces, your stainless steel sink will scratch. These are usage scratches and over time will blend into the overall finish of your sink. The use of a fine pumice powder like Cameo® can reduce the appearance of fine scratches.
Your sink is designed to serve as many things but not as a cutting board or chopping block. This type of use will lead to deep scratches in the sink finish and will dull your knives. Use of proper cutting boards is recommended.
The quality of your water can affect your sink's appearance. If your water has a high iron content, a brown surface stain can form on the sink giving the appearance of rust. Additionally, in areas with a high concentration of minerals, or with over-softened water, a white film may develop on the surface of the sink. To combat these problems, we suggest that the sink be towel dried after use. Once a week thoroughly clean the sink.
Foods containing high levels of salt should not be allowed to dry on the sink surface. Highly acidic foods such as tomatoes, pickles or lemon should not be allowed to sit on the sinks surface. These can cause pitting of the surface if not cleaned. Always rinse your sink thoroughly after use.
Chemicals such as sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid are present in many products such as drain cleaners and silver dip cleaners. Photographic chemicals or soldering fluxes will also attack the sink surface. If these products are accidentally spilled onto the stainless steel surface immediately rinse and clean the sink.
Do's and Don'ts
- Do...clean on a regular basis. The best form of maintenance is a frequent regular cleaning.
- Do...preventative maintenance and ensure the sink is clean, dry and exposed to room temperature when not used.
- Do...rinse thoroughly after each use, run the water for a few minutes rubbing the cleaned area with a sponge.
- Do...towel dry after each use to prevent mineral deposits from building up on the surface of the sink.
- Do...scour the sink once a week, be sure to rub in the direction of the satin finish lines
- Don't...Scour the sink across the satin finish lines, this will damage the original finish.
- Don't...allow liquid soap or other household cleaners to dry on the surface of the sink. Most brands contain chemical additives which will affect the original high lustre of the sink.
- Don't...leave standing solutions of chlorine bleach and water in the sink for extended periods of time. It is not recommended that undiluted chlorine bleach be used on your sink. The risk of damage is proportional too the concentration of chlorine and the amount of time the surface is exposed.
- Don't...use steel wool pads to clean your sink they will scratch the surface. If a more abrasive product is required use a Scotch Brite pad be sure to run in the direction of the satin finish lines. Steel wool pads break apart and small particles of steel can become embedded in the surface of the sink. These particles will rust and give the appearance that the sink is actually rusting.
- Don't...use rubber mats or dishpans in the sink to “protect” the finish. Leaving these type of items in the sink can lead to surface rust or possible pitting since the sink surface does not dry properly. If you do use mats or dishpans remove these after each use.
- Don't...leave wet sponges or cleaning pads in the sink. Trapped water can lead to staining or discoloration of the sink surface. This can also lead to surface rust.
- Don't...leave any mild steel or cast iron cookware or implements on the sink surfaces for extended periods of time. The combined presence of iron and moisture can only lead to surface corrosion and staining of the sink.
Following these recommendations for the cleaning and care of your stainless steel sink will ensure that it will provide you with many years of beauty and service.
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Novanni Stainless Inc. is proud of the quality of its stainless steel sinks. If you feel there is a problem with your sink, please contact your retailer or write/email us. Please provide your sink model number, date of purchase, where it was bought, date of installation and a description of the problem.
For a full warranty explanation and limitations, please consult the warranty information provided with the sink you purchased.
Novanni Stainless Inc.
Attention: Customer Service
2978 Southorn Rd., PO Box 189
Coldwater, ON L0K 1E0