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How To Clean Stainless Steel

 


 
 
How To Clean Stainless Steel
 
Stainless steel is a perfect fit for the home. Whether it’s the high resistance to rust, extreme temperatures, or — as the name implies — stains, there is a place for stainless steel across all areas of decor. Though reliably durable, the material is not indestructible; maintenance is needed to keep it looking like new. Here are some tips and tricks on how to clean stainless steel:
 
 

Option #1 - Dish Soap Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Dish detergent
• Baby oil
• Cleaning rag
• Soft cloth
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Place a small amount of dish detergent on your cleaning rag, and dampen the rag with warm water.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Wipe along the surface of the stainless steel in the direction of the grain (this may run horizontally, or vertically).
 
   
     
  Step 3:
When all dirt is wiped away, dry any remaining water marks with a soft cloth or paper towel.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Apply a small amount of baby oil to the soft cloth.
 
   
     
  Step 5:
Polish the steel with the cloth and baby oil in the direction of the grain.
 
   
 

Option #2 - Vinegar Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Vinegar
• Plastic spray bottle
• Paper towel
• Soft cloth
• Olive oil or other mineral oil
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Spray your stainless steel surface with vinegar.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
With a soft cloth or paper towel, wipe away the vinegar. Be sure to wipe in the direction of the grain (this may run horizontally, or vertically).
 
   
     
  Step 3:
Dip your soft cloth in a small amount of olive or mineral oil.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Polish the steel with the cloth and oil in the direction of the grain.
 
   
 

Option #3 - Rubbing Alcohol Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Soft cloth
• Cleaning rag
• Dish detergent
• Rubbing alcohol
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Wipe the surface of the fixture with a warm, damp rag and a small amount of dish detergent.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Dry the fixture with a soft cloth.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
If grease or oil stains remain, wet a soft cloth with a small amount of rubbing alcohol.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Rub the stain thoroughly with the cloth until stain is diminished.
 
   
     
  Step 5:
Rinse the area with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
 
   
 

Option #4 - Baking Soda Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Soft cloth
• Cleaning rag or soft-bristled brush
• Dish detergent
• Baking soda
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Combine baking soda, dish detergent, and warm water to create a paste.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Apply the paste to the stain and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
Scrub the area with a dampened rag or a soft-bristled brush.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Rinse the area with warm water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
 
   
 
 
Quick Tips:
• Never clean with scouring pads.
• Always go with the grain.
• For green cleaning, opt for natural cleaning solutions like white vinegar or olive oil.
• Do not use silver cleaners or polish on stainless steel.
• Try using club soda! While popular for removing stains in clothing, this alternative is a bit of a hidden gem in the world of household cleaners. Underutilized and undervalued, club soda is known to restore the luster of metals by removing dirt, grime, and rust with its carbonation.