How to Maintain Stainless Steel Tools and Appliances
Everyone appreciates stainless steel, not just for its safe properties but also for its aesthetic functions. A stainless steel refrigerator will not only serve you longer, but it would also give your kitchen an elegant and luxurious feel.
However, the hard work begins when you have to keep stainless steel shiny and spotless. Undoubtedly, there are different types of cleaners in the market, but there are also different grades of stainless steel from which appliances and equipment are made. And not every cleaner is right for every stainless steel appliance.
In cleaning stainless steel, you have to ensure that the cleaning solution and method you use is right for the steel grade in question and does not damage its features.
What Method is the Best to clean Stainless Steel?
1. Having scratches or rough surfaces on any of your stainless steel tools and appliances will invariably distort its aesthetic features. Hence, while cleaning stainless steel tools and appliances, always do so with a soft, non-abrasive, microfiber cloth.
2. Secondly, try to align your cleaning with the arrangement of the steel material's grains. This way, you'll be getting rid of dirt, grime, and fingerprint smudges that are likely to get stuck along the grains. Apply your preferred cleanser to soft microfiber clothes and wipe your appliance's surface following the material's tiny patterns.
As soon as you're done wiping with a cleaner, always have a dry towel handy, with which you can polish the surface for a shinier effect. It is also advisable to clean your stainless steel surfaces in sections. You don't want to get an already cleaned part soiled as you clean.
Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaners
Suppose you're skeptical about using commercial stainless steel cleaners for your brand new Samsung refrigerator. In that case, there are a few homemade cleaners you can make from everyday ingredients in your kitchen.
You may not like the sound of this, but distilled water works fine for stainless steel – even if not for all types. Apply some of it on a microfiber cleaning towel, and clean thoroughly. If you'd instead not take the chances, you can begin with a small unnoticeable portion of your appliance.
Unbelievable right? But it sure does work and also gives your home a delightful scent. Just spray a little quantity on a non-abrasive microfiber cloth, then wipe the surface of your stainless steel appliance along its grain.
There's absolutely nothing you cannot do with white vinegar – including cleaning your stainless steel surfaces. Just apply a little quantity from a spray bottle onto your cleaning cloth, and then wipe out the dirt and fingerprint smudges to keep your surface as spotless as possible.
Yeah. Olive oil works fine as a stainless steel polisher. After wiping your surface with a commercial spray, water, or whatever cleaning solution with desire, apply a small amount of the oil on a dry towel, and polish away that dullness! This is a great alternative to petroleum distillates found in other cleaning and pest control products. Olive oil makes for a nice organic alternative.
Remember to check back frequently for up to date cleaning hints and tricks. Stay Safe and Be well!