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Old 03-31-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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I have a relatively new stainless steel sink from my kitchen remodel, and I have been very careful about scratches, but I need to clean it more thoroughly. It now has some coffee stains that I can't get out. I have tried the stainless steel cleaners like I used on the outside of my refrigerator and dishwasher, but these are ineffective for deep cleaning my sink. What cleaner/cleaning pad can I use that will not put micro scratches into the stainless steel? Will Ajax or Softscrub put microscrathes in the stainless steel? Thanks
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Many years ago I had a stainless sink and found, totally by accident, that a floor cleaning powder called **** n Span did a great job cleaning it. (I was mopping the floor and used the sink instead of a bucket, and when I drained the sink it was cleaner than I'd ever seen it!). I haven't used it for years, but I see they still make it **** and Span - Our Products (http://www.spicnspan.com/products.htm - broken link)

You might try Mr. Clean or other liquid cleaner as well.
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Have you tried Bon Ami or Bar Keepers Friend? They seem to work well on my stainless sink as well as on my smooth cooktop without scratching.
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Old 03-31-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Bar Keepers thing is the best! I agree!
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Old 03-31-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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stainles steel sinks are not all made the same and one general product make work well on one but cause problems with another. Some have special treatments that everyday things like softscrub or bar keeper can damage. the stuff used on our aircraft stainless steel galley/lav parts is something called INOX Paste for stainless steel. Don't know how it works on household kitchen sinks but on heavy commerical items it works well.
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Well INOX paste is maybe good, but where to buy that stuff???
Barkeeper helper works very well with household stainless and porcelain sinks, ceramic ovens; you can even polish your silver with it
See the many uses printed on the products label.
You can buy it everywhere.
Like always: try it on a small area first.
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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CHEERS to Barkeeper's Friend! It's the best!
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Hot water and clorine bleach will take the stains out of your sink. I use soft scrub with bleach on my sink, but I don't worry about little scratches.
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Semi-Chrome all metal cleaner - recommended by Martha Stewart as the best overall metal cleaner...I've used it for years to polish my silver, clean my stainless appliances and buff my antique brass - it is amazing stuff and will clean and polish your sink beautifully. Wenol is almost exactly the same formula...both are made in Germany and are superb for cleaning and polishing all metals.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Southern Illinois
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Adding my vote to Barkeeper's Friend--great stuff, and my sink looks like new when I use it.
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