How To Regrain And Revive A Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

[MUSIC PLAYING] I have been wanting to make this video for a while. There’s any number of cleaners that you.

[MUSIC PLAYING] I have been wanting to make this video for
a while. There’s any number of cleaners that you can use, but the real key is the green
scrubber pad. These types of cleaners, you never want to use this on a fiberglass tub
or on porcelain because this has little bits of metal in it, and it actually kind of sands
stuff. So you don’t want to use this on anything that it would scratch, leave a bunch of scratches
on. You can use just regular dish soap or any other cleaner. You do want to follow it
up when you’re finished with some type of stainless steel polish. There’s any number
of brands out there, a satin finish or whatever. That’ll make a big difference. Anyway, one of the most common cleaners, I
guess, starts with a four and ends with a nine. You spray it on like this. [SPRAYING] So I’m just going to spray it down real good
and let it sit for a second. And I’m going to go ahead and put some gloves on. And we
can see it’s pretty knarly stained there. Let’s see how this works out. Got my gloves
on. Now to use it, it’s just like sandpaper and sand it. And this is called regraining. Up here a little bit, You can see all these
calcium deposits around the air jet of the disposer, dishwasher drain line. So we’re
going to just sand all of these off, too. It doesn’t take a whole lot of pressure, on
the sponge just moderate pressure. I’m not going to do this yet because I want to show
you the difference between when you do it. So I haven’t sanded the drain yet. So sand
around by the faucet– all those gnarly areas. Let’s take a peek down there. See all that
in there. And once you get up all the areas sanded–
yeah, I didn’t sand in the drain yet– I just wanted to show you the difference. Maybe at
the end of this video I can show a complete before and after photo because I forgot to
take a photo of it before, but I guess I can grab a still frame from the video. And it
might take you a couple of runs, but it’s worth it if it makes you– it’s beginning
to look like new. I didn’t do the drain yet. I can show you
get a good shot of the drain here. And now I’ll go ahead and do it. Now you can see around
the ridges, on the inside, all that brown gunk. So you can go ahead and spray it with
your chemical, and then take your green scrubber sponge and use moderate pressure. It doesn’t
have to be super, super hard, but just hard enough. And just sand it all the way around
it. [SCRUBBING] There. And now I wil go ahead and rinse it
out. And you can probably see an improvement already. And rinse the rest of the sink. There’s a bit of a buildup here and rinse
that off. Here now we can use our sponge to clean it all off and move it all down. And
it’s in here that we find and can get rid of. We’ve just removed all the calcium buildup.
I can see a lot underneath the faucet, also. And this will work for that also. It may be
easier to get in there and come back later with a toothbrush or with a wire brush, but
I’m going to do it a little bit, do what I can. Make that at least a little bit better. It makes it a little more manageable. It’s
probably not going to be perfect, but anyway. At least it won’t look quite as bad. You’ve
got to pick your battles sometimes, do what you can do. And maybe little by little descale
it out, spend some more time, make that better. I’m going to go grab my rag, but you can already
see the whole thing is looking quite a bit better. Still has that white residue here.
Got that calcium deposit. I had professional cleaners come in and clean this already. And
that’s how dirty it was after they cleaned it. Not everybody knows this trick. Now that
you’re watching this video, you’ll know this trick which is pretty simple. It’s hard to
even call it a trick, but hey, it is what it is. You can show a difference between start
and finish. Yeah, it is what it is. And it really is about the details. There’s
always room for the top of this here. I’m going to go grab my rag and let this down,
and then I’ll show you the polish portion. I think we’re pretty good there. Use my rag,
and I wipe all the cleaning chemical out. I really don’t want to mix chemicals here.
And if there’s anything else that shows up– maybe we should get that while we’re here,
too, and see a little bit of calcium deposits here. It takes what it takes. A junky job.
Might be only a few minutes, but a good job might take you 30 minutes, but still we’re
going to make the difference. You can see all the buildup there? Sand it out again. Work it out down the middle, a little sanding-like
motion. I usually like to sand it in advance, back and forth. Those spots might call for
a little circular motion. Whatever it takes, right? I need to get it up here. That looks
a lot better. Up here you can probably see some smaller stuff sticking. I’ll just make it a little bit better. So
also around this area, I can still use a little bit of detailing. And a tiny bit there. This part, around the dishwasher, the air
gap. You can tell where this has backed up before. It’s all clear now, but you can definitely
tell the water is coming out of there on a regular basis which indicates that the drain
line from the dishwasher drain line to the area, the air gap to the disposal. That line
from the air gap to the disposal has been clogged before because when you see water
spit out of here, that’s what that indicates. That’s some stubborn stains back there. Even
this is having a hard time with it. So I’m going to let that part of it sit for a little
bit. Spray a little chemical in there. It’s pretty darn stubborn there. That seems
that we’re getting it. Anyway, this is what you call re-graining the kitchen sink or a
stainless steel sink. It works on anything that’s made of stainless steel that’s thick
enough to take the pressure of you pushing this on it. That’s a bit better. It’s not
perfect, but enough for you to understand the difference. So now what you want to do is take a fresh
towel, and you want to go ahead and spray your stainless steel polish on. Firstly, Always
read the manufacturer recommendations for the particular one that you’re using. Most
of them you just spray it on, let it sit for a little while, and then wipe if off. Most
of them smell pretty good, too. And when you wipe it off, you want to wipe it off with
a dry cloth. Just makes it more satin, more polished. It definitely works a lot better
if you re-grain it first like we did. So we’ll let it sit for a little bit. Grab
your dry rag. If it’s sitting even for a bit, it starts to dry a little bit. These particular
directions tell us to shake the can well, polish surface to a bright, spotless shine
with a clean, dry cloth or towel. If you’re using this in the food processing area, you’ve
got to make sure that you can’t smell anything before you use it. That’s a little scary.
You don’t want to get this on floors or they can get slippery. And the product contains
silicone. So it has a lubricating quality, kind of like what silicone spray does. And
we can go ahead and start to wipe this off. See how it starts to come out. Get our faucet, also. Polish does more than
just make it look good for now. It also coats it with a finish that helps the water to run
off. Definetly a good thing. So then, back on the rag. Dry it off here.
Yeah, the details do make a difference there. Down inside our drain here. I have to rub
this out, polish this out. See if there’s any other areas that need our
attention. It looks like right here could use a little bit more of re-graining. There
you go. Wipe if off with our cleaning rag and spray
it with our polish. Rub that out. Looks like one more little bit in there right here. And there we go. One regrained and polished
stainless steel sink. This one happens to to be a kitchen sink. [MUSIC PLAYING]

42 thoughts on “How To Regrain And Revive A Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink”

  1. I thought I was going to see a belt sander or what have you. But seriously that's not bad. I don't think I can buy Bar Keepers Friend in Canada, bummer.

  2. Counter and sink with window above it looks just like my old house from 1996 in Sunrise FL. I used the exact same procedure back then to clean that sink. Don't use Comet, it is too large of a grit. Use Bar Keeps Friend or a similar product. Some of the green pads are too abrasive also. So be careful when you start that you don't create a bigger mess.

  3. You're kind of right though this one was stubborn. They do usually clean up a bit faster. Oh well, they can't all be easy.

  4. In BC we can get it at Home Hardware. It comes in powder and liquid. Also, I have ordered it from Regal a few times.

  5. Will this work for damaged stainless steel sink that had an acidic drain clog remover poured in it? It's discolored and stained.

  6. It should work. There is really no harm in trying. In the words of Janis Joplin "Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose."

  7. Hi Melody
    Guess what-me too :o(
    How did you get on?
    I'm based in the UK, need UK based materials I guess
    Advice appreciated

  8. It will work. The drain on my sink was completely blocked and the acid drain cleaner did unclog the drain but damaged the sinks surface. I just worked over 1 hour to bring the shiny surface back.

  9. OMG Pleeease turn the water off………You might find that actually removing your tap handles helps clean the gunk from under them quite easily. Just a tip…Cheers for the video

  10. Right up there with you tube videos that show a guy sawing on piece of wood for 10 minutes or watching paint dry.

  11. This video showed my sink in the exact condition. I was impressed with end result…. was it tooo long? Oh yes… but I want to know what is a stainless POLISH?,, DO you mean stainless steel cleaner??? Please someone respond…..

  12. 1. You need a tripod; don't jog the camera around, no one wants to look at your shoes.
    2. Lose the on-screen writing; illegible, distracts from vision.
    3. put a before and after photo next to each other to show any difference. 
    4. You cleaned the sink but it is not shininy;  you need a sink with different grade aluminium, to obtain a shine.

  13. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! You don't use the scrubber side of the sponge, you don't go in all kinds of different directions while rubbing! You rub WITH the grain of the Stainless. Yes stainless has grain and when you look close you can see it. This is a horrible and incorrect DYI!

  14. thanks for this vid. all i care about is, whether this works or not. to get to what i need to know i'll watch and fast forward as needed. this seems to have worked. the sink looks exactly like mine. tomorrow i'm going to give it a try. i have the materials already, so we'll see.thanks

  15. Thanks for the effort, but rubbing against the grain will only make it look worse. Grain usually runs around the sides of the bowl and usually front to back on the bottom. Also something that will have the same effect is the old powdered toilet bowl cleaner and a sponge, going slowly with the grain. Rinse well. Do it every few months and our 15 year old sinks look fantastic. And, with the powder, they come out gleaming, no need for this stainless polish. Sorry, but I don't want chemicals on my steel that could come off and coat any dishes I may have to wash in my sink, then have it ingested by my family when we eat/cook with them..

  16. I just used an orbital sander and some baking soda and water to sand down my sink. WOW what a difference. Since I am poor, I made the orbital sander out of an old sock, an old DVD, a nut and bolt, and of course my dependable drill.

  17. Sorry. That type of abrasive scrubber does NOT have metal in it. —- That is the point of that type of abrasive scrubber. It is so you can scrub pans that have teflon or other non-stick surfaces and NOT scratch them . . . . . just sayin'.

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