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Toilet cleaner/Kitchen sink fail

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I used to work maintenance at a food processing plant. EVERYTHING was made out of stainless steel, and whenever I took a machine out for service, I would give it a shine and polish, because why not?

Anyhow, to say I have some experience with this is a little bit of an understatement.

What happened here is a chemical stain caused by the caustic (or acidic, depending on the brand of cleaner) reacting with your stainless steel. It's doubtful that a chemical will remove it, so it's down to mechanical means.

I would suggest your first attempt would be to simply scrub at it with a "magic eraser" (Melamine Foam). Use plenty of water to keep it flushed. Rub in straight strokes, not swirls. Magic erasers are microscopically abrasive, and they will impart a finish on the sink, so keeping your strokes in the same direction will provide for a better finish at the end.

If that doesn't work, grab a scotch-brite pad, and try the same thing, but use it in conjunction with a scouring powder, like Bon Ami. I would stay away from bar keepers friend, soft scrub, or other similar chemical-assisted scouring powders, since they could add to the staining of your sink by reacting with whatever the stainless steel was turned into by the toilet bowl cleaner. Again, keep the strokes in the same direction.

If that doesn't work, you'll want to ind some STAINLESS steel wool. Normal steel wool you purchase is made from ferrous steel, and will impregnate your sink with little bits of rust, and you'll be fighting that for years to come. You can get stainless steel wool online. Go for the finest stuff you can get, and use it in conjunction with mineral oil, again, keeping your strokes consistent.

If you end up needing to use the stainless steel wool, you may want to polish out any scratches with scotchbrite.

level 2

Wear gloves while doing this, I’ve found the magic erasers to be quite abrasive to my hands.

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Original Poster3 points · 29 days ago

Damn I’m glad I read this before I tried anything. The melamine foam sounds interesting, although I’m gonna have to find a unique place to purchase that? Although I’m pretty sure any hardware store (or even Walmart) may have it. I’ll also try the scotch-brite /Bon Ami combination if THAT doesn’t work (but I’m 110% hoping it works because the sink looks awful..) I’m staying pretty persistent and positive and your post helped me stay that way. Thank you so much for your time in replying!!

level 3

Mr. Clean sponges are melamine foam. They're overpriced, but they are widely available. If you want to stock up for the future, check Amazon. You should be able to get a big box of melamine foam sponges shipped from China for a significantly lower price than you'd pay for the equivalent number of name brand sponges in store.

level 4

This is a gamble. Some of the china versions are not built like the Mr. Clean ones. They get ripped apart very easy. But you get 20 for the price of 2, so there's that.

level 2

to add to this, dont JUST scrub in one direction, just vary your scrubbing by 90 degrees. go up and down around the sink, then switch to side to side. you will get more even scrubbing that way (since sticking to one direction causes you to miss things) and the end finish will be a more uniform matte look since the micro scratches wont all line up.

level 1

A cheap and easy solution: steel wool, baking soda, scrub until its perfect.

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Original Poster6 points · 29 days ago

Baking soda?? Thank you! Im going to try that out after work. You don’t think any time that has passed (it was yesterday) will make it more difficult to scrub off?

level 3
12 points · 29 days ago

After this use bar keepers friend or comet to clean. I use comet on my stainless steel sink ( bar keepers friend can be harder to find) with excellent results. Wet sink sprinkle comet scrub with scratchy side of sponge then rinse.

level 4

Its amazing what comet with take out. Gf spilled purple dye on a white counter top and let it set. Came home and I thought well guess I'm not getting the deposit back. 10 minutes with a scrub brush and comet and it looks like it never happened.

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Original Poster1 point · 29 days ago

Hmm.. I’m going to attempt one of the other replies first and see where that takes me. I love and hate contradicting replies but I feel maybe that’s just how reddit is (but it’s so useful honestly; sorry I’m fairly new to this website/app) but thank you!!

level 3

The grit of the baking soda will act like a polishing compound. Yes, this should work great. I would try just with baking soda (use a lot of it) and a sponge plus a small amount of water to avoid the deeper scratches steel wool would make. Work it in little circles with a good amount of pressure. If that doesn't work then bring in the steel wool and baking soda.

level 2

Don't use steel wool on stainless steel

level 2

There are easier ways.

level 1

"Bar Keepers Friend" and some of those 'magic erasers' will make it look brand new.

BKF will get it most of the way just using anything, but with the magic erasers, it'll gleam.. at least, mine did. BKF is magic on stainless steel.

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Original Poster3 points · 29 days ago

OP Here: I’d like to thank everyone for their helpful comments and replies. I can’t wait to update you guys when I fix this.

level 1

So what happened?

level 1

None of this will work. I did the same damn thing. If you can't live with it, replace the sink. You could sand it off, going to finer and finer grit, but it's hard to be uniform and will take a lot of effort. I like my fashionably etched sink.

level 1

Coat the rest with toilet cleaner and finish the patina?

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