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Do you dry your stainless steel sink?

I do. . water spots on stainless drive me nuts.
This is after all dishes are put into the dishwasher.

Some of friends think I'm crazy for doing this but I've found others do this and wondering if your in the same camp as me..

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  1. Maybe you have hard water? No water spots here.
    I do use a sponge scrubby and soap at least daily but don't dry. And comet after meat or poultry.
    You can spread germs with a cloth but most can't survive lack of moisture. Can't really keep a sink dry though.

    1. I don't, but years ago I worked at a V.A. hospital, where they routinely used Sheila Shine to polish the equipment. It does a beautiful job. I see that it is still made http://www.sheilashineinc.com/ and available on Amazon.

          1. I dry any water that's gotten onto the handles or edges (the parts touching the countertops) but the interior--nope. It's just gonna get wet again.

            My boyfriend does though. Every time he does the dishes or scrubs the sink, he has to dry the entire thing with paper towels afterward. I agree it looks nice, but I will not be switching sides.

            1. So zackly, is the winner chicken dinner..

              I've never used to dry my sink until I got this huge stainless steel sink and we have hard water here in San Diego, so it used to look like a milky splotting mess.

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              1. Nope.

                We keep the faucet wiped dry to keep it free of spots.

                Our sink doesn't get water spots.

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                1. re: sandylc

                  Me too, will wipe the faucet so it doesn't get spotty. The sink never has spots. Have a water softener - perhaps that's the difference?

                2. Yes, after I give it a good cleaning with softscrub and then polish with stainless cleaner. Oh, don't forget the faucet, it gives the sink area a total look.

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                    1. re: treb

                      Gotta make sure you use the non scratch sponges...it can be wicked to the SS and leave scratches.
                      I have the thingey majigs plastic liner at the bottom of the sink so it doesn't scratch the bottom.

                    2. I don't remember seeing water sports on my stainless steel sink. I do wash it with soap and sponge after washing dishes to keep it clean from food and grease but not for the look.

                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          That's why we love you JR!
                          From one crazy chick to one crazy bastard.. ; )

                          Here is what the Kohler website says:

                          Care Tip

                          Allowing water to evaporate on metal will form water deposits. To avoid this, it is important to use a dabbing action to dry metal, not an abrasive or rubbing action. Cleaning with a damp sponge and buff drying should keep your product looking beautiful.

                          1. re: Beach Chick

                            If I had the time or energy to "buff my stuff" I can promise you my kitchen sink isn't very high on my "stuff I'd like to buff" list.

                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              Damp sponges and buff drying are well to the fore right now during the Tour de France.

                        2. That's what a sink is for...use it, get it wet!


                          1. Every once in a while I do it but keeping the sink dry is a fool's errand at my house with 4 of us using the kitchen. A lot.

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                            1. re: tcamp

                              If I dried my sink every time it was used it would be 25 times a day.

                            2. Nope. It's there solely for function, not to look like it's being photographed. Anyone who stares at a sink gets what's coming to them.

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                              1. re: Karl S

                                'Nope. It's there solely for function'
                                So is the oven but you clean it.

                                I have a gourmet kitchen that opens up to my great room and is the focus of the house, well, along with my drumset.

                                In So. Cal, the water is very hard and if I never wiped it down at the end of the day, when the dishes are in the dishwasher, the stainless steel sink would be a milky hard water deposit mess.

                                1. re: Beach Chick

                                  I clean the oven because it's necessary from time to time to reduce smoking. I clean my sink, but don't wipe it dry. Water drops on the steel sink don't affect its function; stains in the oven eventually do.

                                  1. re: Karl S

                                    Until I built my home with all stainless steel appliances, I never gave it a thought since all my other sinks were porcelain and I have never dried the sink.

                                    Now, I see what others have stated about stainless..shows fingerprints, water stains et al.

                                    Wouldn't change anything and my 48" Wolf looks really good with my shiny stainless sink!

                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                      A 48" Wolf, my heart be still! Take a pic of that beast and post it.

                                  2. re: Beach Chick

                                    I just sold my drums, what kind of kit do you have? "Gourmet Kitchen?"

                                  1. Assuming you have hard water, you are definitely not crazy. When I think anybody's going to actually look at my sink, I dry to avoid spots.

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                                    1. re: mbfant

                                      Thanks for the vote of 'not crazy'..

                                      I dry the sink at the end of the day...hard water out here in So. Cal is wicked.

                                    2. Use "Scrubby Bubbles" bathroom cleaner to clean your SS sink.
                                      Just rinse with hot water and no drying or water spots! Also a top grease cutter!

                                      1. No water spots here and honestly, couldn't be bothered. I have enough other things to worry about that I don't need to add this to my list.

                                        1. When my SIL took over a housecleaning business for a short time, she told me a neat trick: After you scour the sink, spray some Windex and wipe it off. It makes the sink sparkle, at least for a few minutes until you use it again!

                                          1. Yes, BUT my stainless sinks are either in the wet bar or outdoor kitchen.
                                            I dry the one outdoors when finished using, because it then is covered with a top and I have found mildew it not thoroughly dried before closing.
                                            I dry the sink in the wet bar after use, because it is not used daily and if left wet it may attract insects.

                                            When I had stainless sinks (years ago) in the kitchens I never dried them except after polishing.

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                                            1. re: bagelman01

                                              That makes sense. And an outdoor kitchen--I think I want one of those when I grow up. Too bad it ain't gonna happen. ;)

                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                besides breakfast, I haven't cooked a meal indoors since the first week of June......

                                              1. I do wipe it out with a dry cloth. Not because I find water marks, but because the water itself looks messy to em and I feel like the kitchen isn't. REALLY tidy.

                                                1. No, it makes big dents in the dryer and the noise is horrific!

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                                                  1. I don't bother to dry it cause it will be wet again in under 15 minutes. It has a once monthly date with soft scrub for a "deep clean" and it is so happy to be pretty for 10 minutes after, and then it's life as a sink with a toddler with a mom who likes to cook resumes.

                                                    Besides, water spots are the least of my worries. The dishwasher back up cause I didn't run the garbage disposal before I ran the dishwasher. . . sorry sink you aren't' pretty today

                                                    1. Does anyone read/ subscribe to flylady? She advocates "shining the sink," and I have to admit that going to bed with a shiny sink adds a tiny bit of calm to the evening and a lot of peace to the morning.

                                                      1. nope BC, I don't. no time to, no desire. not a fanatic about stuff like that.

                                                        1. In your defense, BC, hard water can make stainless look pretty cruddy. Happily, I don't have hard water, and don't care much how the sink looks. I have had hard water in my previous homes, and could never keep up with the lime deposits in the tea kettle or around the faucets.
                                                          I figure you're just practicing good self defense. If you don't wipe it out now, you'll end up later with an old toothbrush, a screwdriver and some Lime-a-Way trying to scrape off the deposits every couple months.

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                                                          1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                            Thanks kitchengardengal!

                                                            Hard water deposits are horrid and drying the sink at the end of the day, takes 5 seconds to dry and couldn't imagine anyone wanting to have a sink that looks like this in their home.

                                                            1. re: Beach Chick

                                                              FWIW, count me as one who would find that a waste of 5 minutes. Again, anyone who looks at my sink gets what coming to them (and I don't leave things in the sink for long, usually not at all - I am a clean as you go kind of person, and I've never lived in a house with a dishwasher...maybe that's why triage is important for me).

                                                          2. No, I don't. No water spots. I don't always wash the pots and pans immediately, so there are sometimes things in the sink. I also use a stainless polisher on occasion, and that seems to help keep it clear of most things.

                                                            1. I don't because my partner has ocd so it will be wet again in five minutes. I do know someone who is ocd about wiping her sink dry though (not for hard water's sake, just 'cause it's one of her "things"). I imagine it would have been a recipe for disaster if she was married to someone like my partner!