How to Clean Stainless Steel
Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances With the Right Cleaning Products
It’s no question that stainless steel kitchen appliances add a sleek, contemporary quality to your modern kitchen. However, stainless steel surfaces present unique challenges. First, they are hard to keep clean, as they usually experience heavy use and traffic. Second, a stainless steel surface is notorious for hanging on to dirt and fingerprints. Third, it can be hard to clean your stainless steel appliances because of potential damage, scratching, or streaking. That’s why it is so important to select the right stainless steel cleaners and tools.
Here are the must-have cleaning tips for your stainless steel appliances.
Things to Avoid When Cleaning Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances
When determining how to best clean your stainless steel surfaces, there are a number of “don’ts” that you should avoid. For starters, don’t use steel wool or any other kind of abrasive cloth, sponge, or towel. These items can very easily scratch your appliances, particularly if you are applying any kind of pressure when you are cleaning them.
Don’t use any sort of cleaning product that has chlorine in it. These harsh chemicals will cause damage and potential discolouration to your appliances or even the stainless steel surface of your sink.
Be aware too that if you are using tap water to clean your stainless steel surfaces that if there is a lot of mineral residue or salt in your water, it could cause streaks, making an even clean difficult to achieve.
You should always use a soft cloth, such as a clean microfiber cloth.
No matter which cleaning products or tools that you use, test your method on a small section of the stainless steel surface to ensure that it is safe.
Cleaning Products You Can Buy
Stainless steel appliances tend to be a little more pricey than other types of kitchen appliances, so you want to invest in their maintenance and care properly. Your safest bet is to purchase commercial stainless steel cleaning products. You can either buy wipes that come pre-soaked with cleaning products or a stainless steel cleaner in a bottle.
Before you clean, remove any caked on residue with warm water and a small amount of dish soap that’s highly diluted. Gently rub and remove any debris.
To clean and polish the stainless steel surface, use the wipe or a small amount of stainless steel cleaner on a microfiber cloth and clean in a circular motion.
It’s not a bad idea to use a clean cloth or paper tower afterwards, using a similar motion to polish the surface.
One of the biggest complaints that homeowners have about stainless steel appliances is fingerprints. It’s easy to remove these spots quickly and effectively by using a regular glass cleaner.
Spray glass cleaner on a clean cloth and then wipe in a circular motion. Don’t spray the glass cleaner right onto the stainless steel surface, as you generally get more than you need, and you create extra streaks by doing so.
Homemade Cleaning Products
You don’t necessarily have to purchase cleaning products. You can actually clean stainless steel appliances with household items.
Put white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz the stainless steel surface, and then wipe it down with a soft cloth. Afterwards, use a clean cloth or a cotton ball and put a small amount of olive oil. Wipe the surface down, moving in the direction of the grain. That will help you succeed in polishing it.
You can substitute mineral oil for olive oil to accomplish the same thing.
Another useful combination is baby oil and dish detergent. Use a small amount of dish soap to clean the surface. Then, much as you did with the olive oil or mineral oil, put a small amount of baby oil on a microfiber cloth, paper towel, or cotton ball. Polish the kitchen appliance by moving with the grain.
You can use baking soda as a natural cleaner for your stainless steel appliances, but it works best on cleaning your stainless steel sink. Baking soda and white vinegar act as a deodorizer. Plus, they clean your kitchen plumbing.
Pour baking soda down your sink, followed by a generous dose of white vinegar. It will foam and clean your sink. Flush with hot water after.
To clean your sink, sprinkle baking soda over grime or dirt. Use a soft cloth to remove it. Rinse and wipe down the sink after.
Cleaning stainless steel properly will help your appliances to last longer and look better.