Every kitchen or office has stainless steel equipment or utensils that should be kept in immaculate condition all the time. To maintain the sparkling shine of these metal items there are few easy steps to follow.
How to clean stainless steel
– The easiest way to clean stainless steel which is not used for cooking, storing or serving food is simple wipe down of the surface with a damp cloth. Dry with a towel after that and you are done – the item is shining again without any particular efforts.
– If you need to remove grease from the surface – stronger detergent is required. The grease from cooking or any other reason could be removed by using a mixture of warm water and washing up liquid. Use a soft cloth to rub the solution and remove the grease. You may need to rub harder if required. Rinse and dry with a towel at the end. Is the stain is still not gone, you can repeat the procedure several times until the grease is completely removed.
– The other way to remove stains from stainless steel is to use alcohol. Take a clean dry cloth and soak it with alcohol. Rub the wet cloth on the stain and repeat few times if necessary. Rinse with warm water at the end.
– For burnt stains or stubborn stains that cannot be removed with anything else you can use a paste of baking soda and water. The paste should be applied on the surface and left for approximately 20 minutes. Then rinse the paste and dry with a towel. You may need to repeat the procedure several times until the stain is completely gone.
– Water stains on stainless steel could be removed by using distilled white vinegar. Rinse off after use.
– Many domestic cleaners use baby oil on some stainless steel appliance such as extractor fans or hobs – the baby oils is harmless to the stainless steel and gives a shiny smear free finish, which could last for days. Simply apply a very small amount of baby oil on a cotton cloth and rub evenly on the stainless steel surface.
Things to avoid when cleaning stainless steel
– Don’t use any abrasive cleaning products which may scratch and damage the surface and the finish of the metal
– Never use polish on stainless steel as it may cause a stain.