The Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel
Whether you have industrial kitchen appliances or a basic household kitchen, maintaining the cleanliness and look of your stainless steel can be a frustrating process. Shiny stainless steel can provide any kitchen with a bright and polished look and feel, but it does require a little work and some specific cleaning habits to keep it that way. The following tips will guide you through the do’s and don’ts when it comes to cleaning your stainless steel.
Stainless Steel Don’ts
When it comes to cleaning stainless steel appliances, utensils, sinks and countertops, the most important thing to know is what you should not do. The finish on stainless steel appliances can be easily damaged when you clean them with certain types of cleaning products, especially those that contain harsh chemicals. Even simply rinsing stainless steel appliances with plain water, without drying afterward can leave water marks and spots. The stainless steel don’ts include:
- Do not use chlorine bleach or cleaning products that contain chloride.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners, especially on brushed stainless steel.
- Do not use abrasive scrubbing pads or steel brushes.
- Do not use oven cleaners.
- Do not use hard water that is dirty or gritty.
- Do not clean the surface of a stainless steel appliance until it is cool to the touch.
First and foremost, read the owner’s manual for all of your stainless steel appliances and pay close attention to the cleaning and care instructions. When it comes to cleaning habits for stainless steel, the best thing you can do is wipe down the appliances with a soft, damp and soapy cloth each time you do the dishes. After wiping with a soapy cloth, make sure to wipe off the soap with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. When cleaning stainless steel, some the must do’s include:
- Wipe in the direction of the grain.
- Use a nylon scrubby with mild detergent and hot water to remove baked on foods and heavy grease.
- If the stains are difficult to remove, make a paste of baking soda, liquid dish soap and water, and then gently scrub into the grain.
- Periodically buff stainless steel appliances with lemon oil or a silicone-based spray. Apply buffing solution in the direction of the grain and buff dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
How to Safely Clean Stainless Steel with Vinegar and Oil
What You’ll Need
- White vinegar
- A dry, soft cloth
- Oil (mineral or olive oil work great)
- Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and liberally spray the appliance you are cleaning.
- Using a soft cloth and going with the grain, wipe the vinegar off of the stainless steel.
- Dip a clean cloth in the oil (it only takes a little bit) and wipe the oil on in the direction of the grain.
To maintain and keep your stainless steel appliances clean, you should wipe them off after each use and buff the shine back as needed.
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