How to Clean Stainless

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Cleaning Stainless
No matter what trend spotters may tell you, stainless steel isn’t going anywhere any time soon for American kitchens. And unlike their predecessors (and their name) stainless steel does, in fact, stain. Just ask anyone who’s spilled just about anything on the surface. Stainless steel is hard to keep clean. And while there are a bevy of products out there in the marketplace made especially for cleaning stainless, many people don’t know that they exist. Many more don’t understand that you cannot take the traditional approach to cleaning stainless steel.

These “don’t” can actually mar that beautiful, gleaming shine you love so much. So we’ve got a rundown of the biggest goofs people make when attempting to clean stainless steel. Take note, once it’s scratched or stained or dented, that’s it. There’s no return:

Don’t Scrub with Scouring Pads: One reason people love stainless steel in their kitchens is the clean, gleaming shine the surface adds to the room. And little damages that more than scrubbing with a scouring pad.

Stainless is as delicate as its surface looks. Scrubbing and scouring pads do just that to the surface, scour them. And scouring adds a plethora of fine scratches, fading that glow you love so much.

Don’t Use Chlorine Bleach or Choride Products: Bleach spells doom for your stainless surface because in and of itself, it’s abrasive. Remember that stainless is delicate. And choride is harsh and can permanently  “blur” or smudge that gleaming glow we love about stainless steel.

Don’t  Use Any Abrasive Cleaners: If you haven’t gotten the running theme here, it’s that stainless surfaces are actually quite delicate and abrasives should be avoided at all costs when cleaning.

Now that we’ve got you in he know about the “don’ts” of cleaning stainless steel, check out the ways you should clean stainless surfaces.

How to Clean Stainless Steel

So you know what you shouldn’t do when cleaning stainless steel. Here are some tips on what you should do to keep those surfaces polished and gleaming.

Follow Instructions:  Duh! Right? It sounds like an overly simple suggestion but it bears mentioning that you should always follow the manufacturer’s maintenance and cleaning instructions that come with the unit. Every appliance is a little different and the manufacturer has done the heavy lifting in testing and working with this particular surface extensively before bringing it to market. Follow the guidelines for proper maintenance and cleaning and you can’t go wrong.

Routine, Routine, Routine: Whenever you do the dishes or clean the table or wash down that predacious heirloom you only bring out for special occasions and would’ve dare put in the dishwasher, it’s a good rule of thumb to take that dish cloth (dampened with a mild soapy detergent) and wipe down your stainless steel surfaces.

Mild and Hot: For grease and gunk, gently wash with a mild detergent and hot water. It’s important to rinse and wipe dry as notes above to avoid water spots. Yep. Stainless steel appliances get water spots. Rinse the wash cloth with clean water and wipe down again to remove soap. And finally, wipe down one last one with a dry, terry loath towel to remove any streaks.

If in doubt about your cleaner, test it out on a hidden portion of the surface to find out if it will damage the finish before applying all over.

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