Commercial stainless steel sinks tend to get messy even when they look like they are clean at a glance. As such, it is vital to ensure that they are properly cleaned and well maintained. Cleaning can be quickly done using the materials you already have in the kitchen or even around your house.
If you don’t have all the materials, purchasing them is quite easy as they are readily available at almost any store and come at a meager price. Below are six ways in which you can efficiently clean a stainless steel sink.
Follow the steps outlined below or was the video. The video is more focused on a home kitchen, but many of the sam steps can apply to a restaurant.
1. Scrub the Sink
Food stains, soap deposits, and water spots tend to gradually accumulate if you don’t keep up with cleaning them. How frequent you should scrub your basin clean depends on how often you use it. In a general restaurant setting, that usually means daily.
A commercial sink will probably need to be washed every day when business hours have ended whereas a home bathroom version will only need a scrubbing once a week.
A good formula for cleaning a stainless steel basin is using a small amount of dishwashing liquid and then adding it to a bowl containing warm or hot water.
Dab a sponge into the mixture and then scrub it gently. For more aggressive scrubbing, you can use a nonabrasive cleaner or a cleaning spray used for all purposed.
2. Use Baking Soda on Solid Surfaces
Commercial sinks made of acrylic based solid surfaces are resistant to stain thereby easy to clean and maintain. But even so, they still require up keeping. For general cleaning, you can use water that is soapy or a solid surface cleaner that has been prepared explicitly for solid surfacing.
Stains can be rubbed out using water and baking soda mixture that has a consistency similar to toothpaste. The paste can then be applied using a white scrubbing pad that is non-abrasive and rinsed thoroughly.
3. Make the Porcelain Shine
Clean and shiny porcelain will always make a sink look clean and attractive. To ensure that your enamel remains clean and bright, line it with paper towels and then soak using bleach. Allow the towels to stay on it for about 30 minutes and then remove and rinse with water.
If your porcelain is colored, avoid using bleach on it as it will probably make the color fade away. Instead, you can use baking soda, vinegar, or moderate liquid detergent.
4. Clean Stains Using Lemon Juice
If your sink is stained, you can clean these annoying spots using a paste that consists of a one-half cup of borax that is powdered and a one-half lemon.
Put the sponge into the mixture, run water into the basin, and then rinse it with running water. This method is useful for stainless steel sinks, porcelain, or any other type of material.
5. Get Rid of Rust Using WD-40
WD-40 is a very popular oil penetrating and water displacement spray. You can use this spray to wipe off rust using a cloth. For porcelain rust stains, pour some salt on a half lemon and then thoroughly rub on the stain.
6. Keep Your Drains Clean and Free of Clog
Maintaining your drains is also helpful when looking to support a clean and respectable kitchen. Mix one cup of salt, one cup of baking soda, and 1/4 cup of cream tartar. Store the mixture in an airtight container.
Every once a week, pour half of the solution down the drains followed by boiling water. Also, try to make sure that your drains don’t have food, hair, grease, soap, and other types of debris going into them.