How To Clean Stainless Steel Sinks

Along with the granite countertop owner’s manual, cleaning stainless steel sinks is important info to go along with care tips for your stone tops.

Sink care guidelines are seldom provided when you purchase stone countertops.

Instructions you’re given for countertop care typically come from an installer or helper who has never been properly trained in either the science of stone care or the “scratchability” of stainless steel.

How to clean stainless steel appliances is covered in a second guide – How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances.

How to clean stainless steel sinks from

AmeriSink granite sinks (and probably your sink too) are made of type 304 series alloy stainless steel, featuring the highest quality 18/10 chrome-nickel formulation.  It is elegant, heavy-duty, 18 gauge,  hygienic (non-porous material is), rust-free, and extremely durable. The gauge is the thickness of the stainless steel. As a rule of thumb, the lower the number of the gauge, the thicker and better the stainless steel.


Clean stainless once a week. wipe the sink dry with a clean soft cloth, working with, not across, the grain; this will inhibit water spotting and mineral deposits in severe hard water conditions.

All Purpose Cleaner, Kitchen Cleaner, Formula 409 (follow the directions on the product) are products available in hardware and grocery stores that can be used every day to protect, polish and clean your stainless steel sink.


Do not use any abrasive sponge pads, wire brushes or Steel Wool.

Cleaners containing Chloride are not recommended, as these products will dull and tarnish the finish.


Stainless steel does not rust.

FLITZ & BAR KEEPERS FRIEND are all effective at removing “surface” residue such as: tarnish, rust, lime deposits & hard water stains.


Scratches are inevitable in any sink material, including stainless steel. Over time, these scratches will become uniform with the sink’s grain.

For severe scratches, secure a pumice rubbing compound from a hardware store, and follow the directions on the package. Note: Once the sink’s finish has been restored to your satisfaction, AmeriSink recommends the purchase of a customized sink grid to protect the bowl’s bottom.

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