My Good Friend

I’m not sure about your house, but we have hard water, which leaves hard water spots that are especially noticeable on our stainless steel.  If the water gets wiped up right away, we don’t have problems, but of course, we actually live in our house so that doesn’t always happen.  Unfortunately, it leaves our sink area looking like this:

Stainless-Steel-Sink-Before-Bon-Ami-Cleaning

I know, it’s not completely awful, but my OCD side disagrees and I needed something that would work.  After discovering how awesome these cleaning wipes worked on our appliances, I thought I’d rest easy.  Cue the sad sound effects, because the wipes did work, but only until we wiped the sink with a wet rag and the spots showed up again.  I headed back to the store to see what else I could find, and that’s when I met my good friend, Bon Ami.

Bon-Ami-Cleaner-for-Stainless-Steel

It’s about two dollars and basically powdered rocks, so it gently polishes the surface.  A damp sponge with a little sprinkle, followed up by a wet cloth to remove the residue, then a drying session does the trick for small areas like faucets.

Bon-Ami-Residue-on-Faucet

 

Always go with the grain of stainless to avoid scratching, but it’s amazing and thrilling how shiny the stainless looks after.

Stainless-Steel-Sink-After-Bon-Ami-Cleaning

What I really needed this for is our stainless steel shower pan.  As much as we love it, the water does spot like crazy.

Stainless-Steel-Shower-Pan-Before-Bon-Ami-Cleaning

See what I mean?

Stainless-Steel-Shower-Pan-Before-Detail-Bon-Ami-Cleaning

Finally, I’ve figured out a way to fight back, without using harsh, smelly chemicals.  To get a good clean, I generously sprinkle the base with the powder, then scrub, scrub, and scrub some more before rinsing and drying.

Stainless-Steel-Shower-Pan-After-Bon-Ami-Cleaning

This was after a light scrubbing, which removes the droplets, but a more intense scrub gets the drain lines sparkly, too.

Stainless-Steel-Shower-Pan-After-Detail-Bon-Ami-Cleaning

Not only does it work well on stainless, porcelain and enamel can get spiffed up.  Our old cast iron tub had a rust streak from the faucet, which came off with a good scrub.  Just thought this might be useful if you’re an OCD crazy and are prepping for guests this holiday weekend.

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3 thoughts on “My Good Friend

  1. have you ever looked into getting a water softener? they are great at extending the life of your appliances and reducing the hard water spots.

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