Purchasing some new stainless steel appliances to add to your kitchen can really make it shine. However, to keep your stainless steel looking shiny and brand new, you should learn how to clean and properly care for it. When properly cleaned and maintained, your stainless steel has the ability to resist rust and corrosion. All you need to do is keep your stainless steel free of dust, dirt and grime. Keep in mind that stainless steel is different than other appliance surfaces. Harsh chemicals can damage your stainless steel and cause corrosion. Most times all you need is a simple wipe down. You can clean your stainless steel with one of these simple methods:
A Simple Wipe Down
On average, all you need is a good wipe down. You don’t need any sprays, soaps or chemicals. Instead, you will need this secret ingredient: water. That’s it, just water and a non-abrasive cloth! Wet your non-abrasive cloth with hot water and give your stainless steel a simple wipe down. The non-abrasive cloth will keep you from scratching the surface of your stainless steel. You should also use a dry non-abrasive cloth for drying. This will prevent water spots, especially when using tap water, which contains minerals and chemicals. Using hot water and a microfiber towel is one of the best ways to clean your stainless steel.
Add a Dab of Dish Soap
If you tried using hot water and it didn’t work out, try adding some dish soap. This will help loosen that stuck on grime and won’t damage your stainless steel. You can add a few drops of mild dish soap to the hot water or apply it straight to your damp cloth. Anytime you need a little extra power, use a mild dish soap and hot water to get the job done, without causing damage to your stainless steel. Do not use more than a few drops of soap. Too much dish soap will cause a filmy residue on the surface. Once you have wiped the dirty area rinse the area with water. This will remove any excess soap. Remember to towel dry with your dry cloth to keep those water spots at bay.
Get Rid of Fingerprints with Glass Cleaner
There is something worse than dirt and grime. Fingerprints are the leading cause of needing to clean your stainless steel. There is no way to avoid fingerprints, but there is an easy way to get rid of them. You probably already have some glass cleaner for your mirrors and windows. Now you can use it on your stainless steel too! You can spray the glass cleaner directly onto the surface. Although, the best way is to spray the glass cleaner onto a microfiber towel. Using a circular motion, wipe the surface to remove those unwanted fingerprints. Keep in mind that a little glass cleaner goes a long way and dries quickly. Only use a small amount and quickly clean the area. Towel dry with a clean, non-abrasive cloth to prevent streaks from forming.
Stainless Steel Cleaner
If you have some really tough dirt and grime on your stainless steel, you may need to purchase a stainless steel cleaner. This is also ideal for tough stains and scratched stainless steel. You can also use stainless steel cleaner as a polish and minimize scratching. So, if you have tried the other methods with no prevail, try using a stainless steel cleaner. There are many different kinds to choose from so make sure you read the label completely and follow the directions. You should always test a small, inconspicuous area before using. Some stainless steel cleaners do not need to be rinsed so pay attention to the label. You should always towel dry after cleaning, to buff your stainless steel. This will keep it looking shiny and new. It also helps create a thin layer to protect the surface from stains, dust and other grime.
Making sure that you know how to clean your stainless steel properly will give it years of shine. Give your surfaces a quick wipe down every day to keep dirt and grime to a minimum. Deep clean every month or so to really make it shine! Keeping your stainless steel clean isn’t hard, and the outcome is a beautiful shine, every time!