Stainless steel is very popular in most kitchens today. In fact, people purchase stainless appliances more than white and black kitchen appliances. Most of our pots, pans, refrigerators, etc. are made of stainless steel.
Stainless steel appliances look great and don’t rust like other appliances. The disadvantage is that fingerprints, grease, and even hot breath will leave their marks on their surfaces.
I know that cleaning stainless steel appliances may be a problem. In fact, so-called products labelled “stainless-steel cleaner” don’t work. They create streaks, don’t clean anything and often make stainless kitchen appliances look even worse. Well, don’t fret. I’m here to show you three ways to clean your stainless kitchen appliances.
Before learning how to clean your stainless-steel appliances, you must know the things you should avoid.
- Don’t use an oven cleaner.
- Avoid using abrasive sponges or scrubber pads.
- If your tap water might leave spots or stains if it is harsh.
- Don’t use any chlorine-based cleaner. Also, avoid anything that contains chloride.
- Avoid using harsh materials or substances. They can damage your stainless kitchen appliances.
Now, here are some tips to help you the next time you want to clean your kitchen stainless-steel appliances.
Use Dish Soap & Baby or Mineral Oil
Dish soap is an amazing stainless-steel cleaner. It gets rid of excess oils and makes the polishing process much easier. After moistening your rag with water, put just a little bit of dish soap on your rag and wipe along the grain of your appliance. For stubborn stains, you should clean the area a few times. When you finish cleaning an area, dry with a clean towel.
Finally, dab a small amount of mineral or baby oil on another rag and clean. Remember to follow the grain of the stainless-steel appliance when cleaning.
Flour is another great stainless-steel cleaner. You should know that using flour can be very messy. So, to avoid the mess, you can save this tip for your sink, or pots and pans.
Firstly, clean the sink thoroughly to remove any dirt or grease. Once it has dried, cover it in flour. You can use as much flour as you like. Then take a soft cloth and use it to clean the stainless appliance in a circular motion. Before you know it, it would be as good as new. It’s as simple as that!
Use Baking Soda
You might not use this method for all stainless-steel appliances, but just for very stubborn like under the handles of appliances. The interesting thing about baking soda is that you don’t need to apply much pressure when wiping, and you don’t even need too much paste. You should also note that baking soda also leaves a white residue behind, which you have to remove with a damp cloth before you can polish with a rag.
To remove dirt and grease, make a paste with baking soda and warm water. Gently rub onto the surface with a soft cloth or sponge, then wipe with a clean wet cloth and dry with a towel. If there are scratches and tough stains, you can apply a stainless-steel cleaner to the area after using the baking soda paste.
Also keep the following in mind when cleaning your kitchen stainless appliances:
- Use Cotton Clothes
- Ensure you check the owner’s manuals and manufacturers’ websites for other cleaners to avoid. Some manufacturers will tell you to avoid using particular cleaners on stainless-steel (glass cleaners, for example).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does vinegar damage stainless-steel?
No, it doesn’t. However, you shouldn’t soak stainless steel appliances in substances that contain chlorine, vinegar, or table salt. Leaving stainless steel for a long time in solutions like these can damage it.
How do you remove haze from stainless-steel?
You can mix water and baking soda to form a paste. Then, apply the paste with a clean soft rag on the affected area. Make sure you rub it in the pattern and direction of the grain. This helps to neutralize any remaining acid.
How do I know what would work for my stainless?
There are different types of stainless-steel. In fact, each stainless-steel appliance might need a different cleaning routine. Before you know exactly what works best for your specific stainless steel appliance, you need to experiment a little. Always test cleaners on a small area of your stainless steel appliance before using them on all areas.
Which other methods can I use apart from those mentioned above?
You can use just water and a cloth. It will amaze you how much can be accomplished with just warm water and a cloth. You can also make use of white vinegar and olive oil, club soda, and even glass cleaners.
What is the ‘grain’ of my stainless appliance?
Before you start cleaning, you should identify the grain of the steel on your appliance. This is simply the direction or pattern of the material used to make your stainless appliance. You’ll find it if you look closely at the surface. You’ll get the most shine if you wipe in the direction of the grain, instead of against it.