How Do You Remove Coffee Stains From a Stainless Steel Sink?

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Unsightly coffee stains can ruin the appearance of a stainless steel sink. Fortunately, coffee stains can be removed with this simple, 10-minute process. Make sure to have vinegar, soap, and a soft cloth or scrubbing brush available.

  1. Clean with soap and water

    Fill the sink with hot water and a few drops of dish soap. Let the water soak for several minutes and then lightly scrub the sink with a soft cloth. This removes any dried food or dirt that may scratch the surface of the sink during the cleaning process. After scrubbing, drain the soapy water completely.

  2. Create a cleaning solution

    Fill the sink one-quarter full of water and pour in a small amount of vinegar. Gently scrub the stained area with a cloth or soft scrub brush. Never use steel wool on a stainless steel sink, as this damages the surface and causes discoloration.

  3. Use a cleansing powder

    If stubborn coffee stains remain, sprinkle a cleansing powder such as Comet onto the stained area and scrub in the direction of the grain with a soft scrub brush.

  4. Rinse and dry the sink

    Rinse the sink thoroughly with running water and dry it with a soft, clean cloth. Make sure the sink is free of water drops which can cause rust spots over time.