Cleaning Tips to Keep Stainless Steel Looking Like New

2467-101413-gs2467Stainless steel appliances look sleek and sophisticated, but they need to be cleaned regularly to keep it that way. Water stains and fingerprint marks are the major hurdles in keeping stainless steel appliances full of luster. Using harsh chemicals to clean the stains can prove disastrous, and even harmful for the environment. Use the tips given below to clean stainless steel without using any harmful chemicals.

Gather Your Supplies

The first thing you need to do is to gather all your stainless steel cleaning supplies in one place. Two 100% cotton non-abrasive rags, a few paper towels, some dish soap and mineral oil (or baby oil). That is all that you need to rub stains off your stainless steel appliances.

Understand the Direction of Steel Grain

Just like wood, steel surfaces have grain. If you look at the steel’s surface closely, you can discern fine striations running along the length of the surface. It’s recommended that you clean along the grain of the surface, and not against it. This is to ensure that the stains don’t get lodged in the crevices between the striations of the grain.

Cleaning and Polishing

Rinse a small portion of the non-abrasive rag in dish soap and use it to clean any marks. Once you’ve removed them, repeat with plain water. Use paper towels to remove any leftover liquid. After you’ve finished cleaning, polish the surface with mineral oil or baby oil. This will make sure that the stainless steel surface maintains its luster for a longer time.

An alternative to using dish soap is to use a hard-surface cleaner such as Windex. This cleaner is regularly used to clean glasses and mirrors to get a streak-free shine; it produces the same results when used on stainless steel appliances. Just make sure to use plenty of paper towels to wipe it completely after use.

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