Get started by first wiping out the sink so that no debris remains. You don’t want to take the chance that you’ll scratch the finish by grinding hard bits into the stainless steel.
Once you’ve rinsed the sink, thoroughly soak your cleaning cloth with water, then pour on some CLR – wear those gloves. I use about 1 ounce of CLR at one time on the cloth.
Start at one corner and rub along the grain of the steel until you’ve covered the entire sink. Add a little more CLR if you think your cloth is getting dry. Once you’ve applied the CLR to the surface, wait about a minute or two so that it can work to dissolve water spots.
After a couple of minutes, start to rinse every inch of the sink with cool or slightly warm, not hot, water.
Now, rinse it again. And again.
Once the sink is thoroughly rinsed, spray diluted bleach over the surface of the sink and let it sit for a minute or two. No more than that. And you know what’s coming next.
That’s right. Rinse all of the bleach mixture from the sink.
Here’s Dexter sunning himself as I work. I thought you might like a little break.
After you’ve rinsed off the bleach, use a clean dry cloth and rub the sink until there’s no water left. Let it dry out completely for a few minutes afterward.
Spray some of the furniture polish and rub it in with another clean and dry cloth. Continue until the sink is shiny and completely dry. Remember to go with the grain. Some people use olive or other oils, but I find them to be a little heavy, and I don’t want an oily feel on my sink, nor do I want it sticky at all. For me, polish works best.
Looks like new, doesn’t it? And so can yours. Try it and tell me how it worked for you. I’d love to know.