How to Clean and Preserve Stainless Steel

How to Clean and Preserve Stainless Steel

One of the biggest benefits of stainless steel is the fact that it’s trivially easy to clean and maintain. Granite countertops require sealing, and wood benefits from varnish, but stainless steel is a low-maintenance option for your kitchen, as well as for that stainless steel barbeque on your back patio. However, despite the “stainless” in its name, you’ll still want to clean and polish it, on occasion. Many homes have a stainless steel backsplash behind the stove or sink, and if you happen to get something like spaghetti sauce on it, here are some good ways to clean it. One choice is to use the old stand-by of a cloth and some warm water. This cleans it off, but it’s important to dry it when you’re done, to prevent unsightly marks and rust. Microfiber cleaning cloths work well because they are less prone to scratching the surface.

Another option is to use a very mild detergent, like dishwashing liquid, along with a gentle cloth and some warm water. This can help if the water alone isn’t enough. It’s usually a good idea to get some suds going on the cloth directly, and then carefully wipe just the areas of the stainless steel that need attention, followed by a quick drying with a towel. Perhaps the biggest cleaning need for stainless steel kitchen appliances is for removing fingerprints. You might not know this, but glass cleaner is surprisingly effective at clearing fingerprints off of stainless steel. Simply spray it on the cloth, clean, and dry. When you want to give your stainless steel a nice shine, you can just use some stainless steel cleaner to polish it right up.

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