Simple Ways to Clean Stainless Steel

Simple Ways to Clean Stainless Steel

Many kitchens contain some form of stainless steel, from large and small appliances to sinks and cookware. Stainless steel neither corrodes nor rusts, which adds to the aesthetic reasons for buying it. The durability of this material also makes it a desirable investment for many homeowners, as it is both reliable and adds to the value of the home.

In order to maintain its reliability, however, you need to know how to clean it properly. Cleaning or polishing stainless steel materials is much easier than you think. There is no need to use expensive or specialty store-bought cleaners or any toxic chemicals for this type of cleaning. Here are several inexpensive but effective ways to clean the stainless steel items around your home:

  1. Prepare your stainless steel before you clean. Make sure that there is no stuck food on your stainless steel cookware by rinsing them thoroughly after you have used them. You should take the same approach when you clean stainless steel appliance surfaces. Completely remove all dust and grease before wiping or else it can scratch the surface.
  2. Wash your stainless steel with warm water. You don’t have to use cleaning agents to treat light to moderate spots. Just gently wipe off the surface with a soft cloth using warm water. Then, with a clean towel, dry the surface completely to avoid the formation of mineral solids and streaks on the surface.
  3. Remove rust spots with baking soda. Rust spots can be caused by leaving pots and pans in the sink. Remove these by mixing baking soda and water or cream of tartar and lemon juice. Leave the mixture on the rust spot for thirty minutes to an hour if the spot doesn’t come off right away.
  4. Avoid using steel mesh scourers or wool scrubbing pads. Their abrasiveness can damage the surface. Instead, use nylon or other mild pads or sponges for removing tougher stains and scratches.
  5. Make sure to avoid cleaners that contain chlorine. Chlorine can damage stainless steel surfaces. Ammonia is a better choice.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate

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