How To Clean Stainless Steel
Want to know how to clean stainless steel? Follow these easy steps to make your stainless steel appliances look new. Stainless steel is well-known for its ability to withstand wear and corrosion. Keeping it properly maintained will prevent scratches, stains, and erosion of the chromium layer.
- Stainless steel cleaner
- Non-scratching sponge
- Soft cotton cloth
- WIndow cleaner, ammonia (optional)
- Dish detergent (optional)
- Make sure the area you are cleaning is free of clutter, dishes, or anything else that may get in the way.
- Apply a small amount of the cleaner onto a damp sponge, and work it into the stainless steel. Make sure to follow the directions on the cleaner, if different from these steps. Using cleanser is best if you have stains or deep scratches, as it will help polish them out. If not, you can simply use warm water and dish detergent.
- Rinse the area well, and see if it's clean enough. If not, repeat step 2. Rinsing will prevent chemicals from eroding the finish.
- When you feel that the stainless steel is clean and shiny enough, dry it and you're done.
Stainless steel is notorious for water spots and fingerprints. For a quick clean and maintenance, dry the area every time it gets wet. You can use window cleaner or ammonia to keep it shiny and remove fingerprints in between deeper cleanings. Never use bleach, as it can damage the outer chromium layer. This layer is what prevents corrosion and wear. Avoid using steel wool as it may cause scratches.