How do I keep water spots off stainless steel sink?

by Marybeth

I have a new stainless steel sink that is very deep and gets water spots everytime it is used. Is there something I can use to stop the stainless steel sink from getting water stains? I've been wiping down with a towel after every use, but that's getting old. it is a single square 30x18x10 - 16 gallon sink.

how do i keep water spots off stainless steel sink
  18 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 03, 2021

    Hi there,

    By Drying the sink every time you use it! Or if it is hard water stains, use a stainless steel cleaner or Barkeepers Friend.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jun 03, 2021

    Hi, I suspect the spots are caused by hard water deposits or dishwasher detergent residue. Have you tried switching to another brand of dishwashing liquid?

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 03, 2021

    You can buy a stainless steel water repellent.

    Get a Stainless Steel Sink Water Repellent

    You can buy a stainless steel polish that also doubles as a cleaner to keep your sink in pristine condition. These products protect steel against soiling, rust, and water spots. They create an invisible water barrier that causes water to bead up, preventing it from leaving deposits on the surface of your sink. It also makes future cleaning easier.


  • Wiping it is the best way.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 03, 2021

    Hard water is a troublesome factor to deal with. Drying the sink might be considered. We have the same problem too with car washing.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 03, 2021

    I dry mine out with a soft cloth usually at the end of the evening when dishes are done, etc

  • on Jun 03, 2021

    Oh the joys of stainless steel! Preventing Those spots means wiping it dry after use.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 03, 2021

    I have a microfiber cloth that I use to wipe mine down after use with no spots. However, a good cleaning with protector that is formulated for stainless steel will help to lessen the spots.

  • William William on Jun 03, 2021

    Wiping the sink down after every use. Stainless steel polish will help prevent water spots. Paste car wax can help. Rain X polish will bead the water up. A coating of olive oil for the short term. All solutions will need to be reapplied eventually.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 03, 2021

    It is an exercise in futility to try to prevent water marks in a stainless steel sinks. I am sure you have better things you'd rather spend time on. People who prefer stainless steel sinks just accept that water marks come with them, and the scratches too. And that is the reason my next sink will NOT be stainless steel.

    • See 1 previous
    • Mogie Mogie on Mar 05, 2023

      Stainless steel fridges are also very prone to dents and scatches which the gloss or high shine finish makes even more visible.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 03, 2021

    Removing and Preventing Water Spots from Stainless Steel Sinks

    1. Start by cleaning and rinsing the sink. ...
    2. Pour some white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle then spray it all over the sink. ...
    3. Next, sprinkle some baking soda all over the sink. ...
    4. Start removing the water spots by scrubbing the sink with a soft sponge or cloth.

  • Em Em on Jun 04, 2021

    It is the water, not the sink. I have the same issue. Not much you can do to stop it but dry the sink. Keep an old sponge under the sink. Cleaners that have lemon oil in they work but once you add soapy water to the sink it washes away.

  • Marybeth Marybeth on Jun 04, 2021

    That's what I'm seeing too. Thank you.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 04, 2021

    I rub my sink down with mineral oil once a week. The kind you buy in the grocery store in the pharmacy because it is food safe.

  • Honestly, it’ll either be a incessant struggle for you with wiping and constantly applying things nonstop or you might learn to let it bother you less. It sounds like it’s driving you bonkers; I wonder if maybe your sanity would be saved by accepting it as part and parcel.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jun 06, 2021

    New stainless steel sinks now come in different finishes; some respond better to other products rather than others. If the sink is new, then it may be a little bit of trial and error to see which one is best for the particular model you have. If you have tried various cleaners already, and still get lots of water spots after cleaning, it may not need more cleaning.

    I would suggest that you try a polish instead.

    Are you familiar with Weiman products?

    I have found them to be a reliable quality brand.

    They have a new product, pictured below. Although I have not yet tried it, it may be the ticket for your new sink.

  • Deb K Deb K 2 days ago

    Hi Marybeth, hope this helps you. It uses a special product but it works