How To Clean Stainless Steel

We all know that the reason behind the high demand in the use and manufacturing of stainless steel products is its unique quality of being ‘stainless,' meaning it resists rust and it is trendy. Yes, it only resists rust or oxidation because of a major compound present in its chemistry - chrome. But that doesn't mean that it won't corrode. Once the chrome coating is worn off the steel, it won't be considered stainless anymore. Stainless steel can still get ‘ordinary stains', besides from rust. It can still get dirty.

In cleaning stainless steel items always keep in mind not to scratch, dent or put any pressure marks on the steel. Chrome makes it stainless and wonderfully shiny but it is only a coating.

The following steps may be considered:

  • Avoid the use of steel brushes, steel wool or abrasive cleaning materials, like scrubbing pads, sandpaper and some cleaning powders and gels. It is also unwise to apply any acidic liquid or heat in cleaning. It will only result in scarring or burning of the steel.

  • Do use soft cloth, rubber foam, non-toxic metal polishers, water (they resist rust, remember) and common cleaning detergents. If brushing is needed, use only brushes with soft bristles such as paintbrushes and old toothbrushes.

  • For wet stains choose the appropriate cleaning agents; take into consideration the type of dirt or stain present on the stainless steel. Dry stains like dirt and dust only require cleaning using a dry rag or dry brush.

  • For oil stains, use a wet rag water and detergent. First, wet the steel with the rag to diminish the oil stain. Then, soak the rag with water and detergent. Be sure that the rag is saturated with detergent. Rub the stainless steel surface gently to get rid of oil. If the stain is gone, just rinse with water and dry using a soft, dry cloth. The same can be done for grease and gasoline stains.

  • For paint stains, apply a thin layer of paint thinner gently with a cloth until paint is gone. Follow the same  instructions as for oil stains.

  • For other wet chemical stains, such as acids, remember to wear proper safety gear such as gloves and face masks to avoid direct contact and inhalation of toxic chemicals. Clean the stainless steel with caution and follow the instructions for oil stains.

  • After cleaning, always remember to dry the stainless steel and apply metal polisher to retain its luster.

Stainless steel is a common component found in many household products, commercial and industrial goods. Therefore, it is wise to know the proper maintenance of stainless steel to keep your appliances looking great and functioning properly for years to come.


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