How to Clean Stainless-Steel
- Do not use abrasive cleaners that will scratch the surface. Depending on the surface finish of your stainless steel, abrasive cleaners can cause scratching. Duller finishes probably won’t show scratching as much as a mirror or highly polished finishes. When in doubt, test in a hidden spot, and also work from the least risky type of cleaning, (ie. water) to the heavy duty stuff.
- Do not forget to rinse. Gritty or dirty water or residue from cleaning solutions left on a stainless steel surface can stain or damage the finish.
- Do not use cleaners containing chlorine. While it may be second nature to bleach everything, stainless steel and chlorine don’t mix. Stay away from the bleach when you clean stainless steel.
- Do not use steel wool or steel brushes. These products leave little particles in the surface of the steel and inevitably these particles begin rusting and staining the surface of the steel. They also can excessively scratch the surface of your stainless steel.
- Do not assume it's the cleaner. If you do have some spotting or staining, and you've followed all of the rules, it may not be the cleaner. Water, especially hard water, can leave spotting and staining on stainless steel surfaces. Towel dry after rinsing can end the problem.
How to Polish Stainless-Steel Appliances
When it comes to polishing stainless steel appliances, a little tip is don’t waste money on all the different polishing products that are out there because fingerprints, dirt, and grease will always dirty up the stainless steel. It’s useless to think that greasy fingerprints can be eliminated once and for all. Nope, it just won’t happen. However, there is a cost-effective quality solution.
Believe it or not, baby oil is the answer! Yes, it is true and it is also bio-degradable. The products you will need are two Brawny brand paper towels and some baby oil. Add three to four drops of oil on one of the paper towels. A little goes a long way. Then wipe down the stainless steel surface following the grain of the steel. Once the oil has been completely added to the surface, come back with a dry paper towel and dry the surface entirely. The reason for drying it is to not leave the surface goopy or full of baby oil. Then the polishing maintenance is complete. The result is a nice polished stainless steel appliance.
Another added tip is this baby oil process works great on the water tray for refrigerators. Remember, oil and water don’t mix and the water will repel when it hits the oil treated tray. The tray will stay looking brand new for the life of the refrigerator with the proper care and maintenance. How long will the polish last? That all depends on how much traffic the appliance receives.
How to Clean Stains in a Stainless-Steel Sink
Sometimes the stubborn stuck-on stains in a stainless steel sink don’t come out, even after heavy cleaning with Comet or Dawn soap. We get those stains out every time by using Jell Clean. It is a soft and gooey textured bio-degradable substance that does wonders. It also works awesome on coffee stains in and around the sink drain. Best of all, it is really simple to use.
DIRECTIONS: Wet a cloth or rag with water. Dip rag into Jell Clean for the desired amount of product. Rub in circular motions without applying heavy pressure until stain is removed. Immediately wipe with a clean, wet cloth or rinse with water. If desired, surface may be dried with a clean dry cloth.