How to Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances How to Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances
Stainless steel appliances are long-lasting, and can add a timeless appeal to your home. Stainless steel lasts longer and provides high corrosion resistance when kept clean. Because stainless steel surfaces do not have a protective surface coating, you need not worry about causing any damage. On the contrary, stainless steel thrives on regular cleaning. By following some simple cleaning instructions, you can keep your stainless steel kitchen appliances or surfaces looking like new.
Step 1 – Refer to the Appliance Care Manual
Stainless steel is available in a variety of surfaces, with different levels of finishing and polishing. Always consult the appliance manual for any specific cleaning instructions, and materials you must avoid. When cleaning, observe the “grain”, which is the direction in which the surface has been polished, indicated by minute lines on the surface. Always rub in the direction of the grain, and not against it. This will make your job easier, and also avoid lodging particles in between, which can later cause rusting.
Step 2 – Clean the Surface with Warm Water
Most of the daily grime and soil on your appliance can be effectively cleaned by wiping with a soft washcloth dipped in warm water. If the surface is greasy, you can also add some mild detergent to the solution. Avoid abrasive cleaners and detergents that contain chlorine. After wiping, follow up with a dry towel, to avoid the possibility of water marks. Hard water can also leave stains, so it is important to thoroughly dry the surface after cleaning. Never use steel wool, as it can cause scratches and also leave behind minute particles that initiate rusting. If you have tougher stains or grime on the surface, proceed to the next step. Always make sure the cleaning material is safe by testing it on a small area before cleaning the entire appliance.
Step 3 – Cleaning Tough Stains and Residue
Burnt food and stains can be cumbersome to remove. If warm water and soap were not entirely effective, you can wipe the surface with a washcloth dipped in vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Follow with warm water to remove any residues, and then wipe dry. Stubborn stains and burnt residue can be effectively removed with a paste of baking soda and water. However, before you use baking soda, test it on a small area to ensure it is safe on your stainless steel surface. Apply the paste with a soft cloth, in the direction of the grain. Wipe with warm water, and then wipe dry.
Step 4 – Removing Fingerprints
When cleaning appliances, you must also open the doors and check for smudges that need to be wiped. Fingerprints are a common complaint with stainless steel appliances, especially those with a smoother finish. These can be easily removed by wiping with vinegar or glass cleaner. Wipe the surface with a small amount of olive oil to keep it looking shiny and lustrous.