Kitchen Sinks

Stainless Steel Sinks:

Steel wool pads should never be used to clean your sink as they will leave a residue of small iron particles that may not be readily visible, but they most certainly will lead to rusting and corrosion of the sink. Scotch Brite pads are available for this purpose. For similar reasons do not leave any mild steel or cast iron cookware or implements anywhere eon the sink for extended periods of time. The combined presence of iron and moisture with stainless steel can only lead to the corrosion and staining of the sink. Do not leave rubber dish mats, wet sponges or cleaning pads in the sink overnight as they will trap water which could lead to staining and discoloration of the sink surface. The unique properties of stainless steel are dependent upon exposure of the surface to the atmosphere. Never use abrasive pads or cleaners on the mirror finish deck of the sink. They will scratch the finish – this includes ScotchBrite Pads! ScotchBrite pads should only be used on the sides and bottom of the sink bowls.

We don't recommend that you use chlorine bleach in your stainless steel sink, as chlorine will attack the protective layer that makes stainless steel truly stainless. The risk of damage is proportional to the concentration of chlorine and the duration of exposure between the sink and the chlorine agent. Always dilute any antibacterial soap used and wipe up any spills. (Some antibacterial soap may contain chlorine compounds). Any accidental contact of the sink with photographic chemicals or soldering fluxes should be addressed immediately rinsing and cleaning of the sink. Certain foods such as pickles, mayonnaise, mustard and salt laden foodstuffs can cause pitting of the sink if left unattended for prolonged periods. Any drain cleaning products containing sulphuric or hydrochloric acid will attack the sink. Silver dip chemicals contain strong acids which will attack the sink. Do not use your sink as a cutting surface. Stainless steel bottom grids are available for many stainless steel sinks. These bottom grids protect the bottom of the bowl from cutlery scratches or marking from heavy kitchen utensils.

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