How To Clean Stainless Steel

How To Clean Stainless Steel

Stainless steel worktops, appliances and sinks are a popular and integral part of the modern designer kitchen. Well known for its natural anti-bacterial properties that makes it extremely hygienic, stainless steel products are coated in a chromium film which makes it one of the most durable and easy to clean materials in the kitchen. However, the integrity of the chromium film can be damaged by dirt and other contaminants over time so it is imperative that you keep your worktops, appliances and sinks in top condition.

Often the cleaning products that promise to return stainless steel worktops, appliances and sinks back to their stainless state contain harsh chemicals which can harm the chromium film. Therefore, we have teamed up with DSM Industrial Engineering LTD to bring you our top three household items that can be used to bring your stainless steel worktops and appliances back to show room quality without compromising the integrity of their surfaces.

Baking Soda

Baking SodaSodium Bicarbonate is a natural mineral popular for baking and commonly referred to as baking soda. Baking soda makes a great stainless steel cleaner because its abrasive enough to scrub away stuck on grease and good, but not so abrasive to damage the chromium film. To clean your stainless steel surfaces with baking soda, mix three tablespoons with enough water to create a pasty consistency. Apply generously over your surfaces and use a gentle scouring brush to polish and clean. Finally rinse off the baking sofa with water for a showroom quality finish.

Vinegar

White VinegarThanks to the acidic nature of distilled white vinegar, it makes a fantastic cleaning agent for stainless steel surfaces. White vinegar can be utilised in a number of different ways with stainless steel to bring about a show room finish, but you must ensure you dilute vinegar with water as it’s can corrode mineral deposits and acetate fibres. One of the easiest ways to clean your stainless steel surfaces with vinegar is to fill a spar bottle with ½ a cup of vinegar and top up with luke-warm water. Spray the areas of your surfaces that need cleaned before gently scrubbing with a cloth.

Baby Oil

Baby OilAfter scrubbing down your stainless steel it’s important to bring back the lush showroom sheen to your surfaces. Not only will baby oil bring back your glossy finish by removing streaks, fingerprints and smudges, it will also repel them after polishing. The easiest way to utilise baby oil is to dampen a clean sponge or soft, lint-free cloth with a drop of olive oil and rub it into the surface. If the surface appears too shiny, then absorb some of the oil with a paper towel.

These are just three of our top household items for keeping your stainless steel surfaces in showroom condition. What’s your favourite cleaning tip for stainless steel? Leave us a comment below.