Seriously, for the amount these sinks sell for, you would think they would stay looking new for decades. But when you have hard water, this just isn't the case. It wasn't so much scratches as it was a film I just couldn't get off the sink no matter what store-bought cleaner I tried. Of course, you have to be careful not to use anything too abrasive or harsh. I've tried near everything including the scratch-resistant pads for my glass-top stove.
So after trying several methods, believe it or not, these three items worked like magic!
First, I rinsed the sink and removed any stuck-on particles. Then I mixed the baking soda with water to form a thick paste. This paste was then applied to the inside of the sink with a damp rag. It was amazing to feel the film dissolving as I applied the paste in a circular motion.
I left the baking soda paste for about 15 minutes and then rinsed the sink with some water (this helps to keep the drains fresh too) and then a quick wipe with a rag soaked in white vinegar. After more water to remove all traces of the vinegar, I towel dried the sink and then applied a thin layer of olive oil and buffed everything to a high-polished finish.
The results were amazing! Our sink had even developed a brownish tinge in the bottom that I couldn't get rid of and now it looks like it was just installed.
This is a cleaning method I will do every 7 to 10 days because with results like these, it won't feel like I'm cleaning and scouring for nothing!
If your stainless steel sink is looking dull and dingy, give this a try. You will be amazed!