Stainless refrigerators are a great addition to any kitchen. The sleek look of the stainless steel goes well with all of your other appliances, as well as any cabinets you already have installed. A stainless refrigerator also works very well at keeping the cold things cold in your kitchen. It is almost like giving a professional look to your kitchen, despite the fact that the fridge is in a private home. Since most professional kitchens have a large stainless steel fridge, having one in your home can make you feel like a professional chef. The only problem is getting these stainless steel refrigerators to stay rust free in wet areas.
Natural Rust Inhibitors
The ideal way to keep a stainless steel refrigerator rust free is to not have it in wet areas. Unfortunately, this is not always ideal in a modern kitchen. Condensation can form on the floor on warm days if you open the door too much. Wet hands after working near the sink can also add moisture to the environment. The best way to keep rust from forming is to stay ahead of it. Do not let any spills stay around for long and clean up any moisture as soon as it is spotted.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to simply stay ahead of rust. That is why some common household cleaners can be used if you do start to notice some rust on the steel. Foam cleaners, like Zep, do a good job of eliminating moisture and cleaning up the surface of any fingerprints or spills. A foaming cleaner has the ability to get into any pores of groves in the stainless steel and clean out rust before it starts. They also eliminate moisture through the wipe down process after cleaning.
Another product called Stainless Steel Magic also does a good job of fighting rust. It conditions the surface to resist rust, preventing it from forming. It can also fight rust if it is found early enough. It sprays on and can be wiped down with a regular cloth or paper towel.
Removing the Rust
If you do find yourself facing a rusting problem with your stainless steel appliances do not panic! Rust can be removed with a simple concoction of baking soda, water and a little elbow grease. Use a damp toothbrush to rub the baking soda onto the rust spot gently. The baking soda is a mild abrasive that will help grind the rust off. It also helps by not damaging the grain of the stainless steel because it is so mild. Once you have gotten rid of any visible rust with the toothbrush you can rinse the residue off with a damp paper towel. Seeing rust on the towel is a good thing because it means the rust is coming off.
While the look of a stainless steel appliance such as a refrigerator is great, maintaining one can be daunting. The key is to remain calm when problems like rust appear because the solution can be very simple.