Stainless steel has been used for many different products over the years and more recently, it has been found in many homes throughout the world. Stainless steel appliances have become very popular for their strength and aesthetic. Stainless steel does not corrode, rust or stain with water as ordinary steel does making it ideal for kitchen appliances. Many people are replacing their old refrigerators, stoves, sinks etc with stainless steel versions. While stainless steel is beautiful and highly hygienic, it does not remain this way without proper maintenance.
First and foremost, keeping your stainless steel appliances, countertops, sinks and other surfaces clean is very important. Clean your stainless steel with the following for best results:
- A mild soap and water or a mild cleanser with a cloth towel is best and will keep your surfaces clean and streak-free.
- Window cleaner to remove streaks
- Stainless steel cleaner for a flawless polish.
Cleaning stainless steel as it gets dirty is extremely important and will ensure your surfaces hold their original luster. Though we recommend cleaning often to ensure your stainless steel remains perfect, it can also withstand a lot of wear. Stainless steel can withstand heat and oil, which makes it a great surface for kitchens. Though, stainless steel easily scratches and shows smudges requiring a bit of caution as with any long-lasting surface in your home. Also to keep your stainless steel appliances and countertops looking flawless, the following materials should be kept away:
- Cleansers containing chloride such as bleach
- Concentrated soaps
- Iron such as steel wool, matching chips and iron residue
- Trapped moisture
As with any surface in your home, proper maintenance can ensure a flawless look through the life of the product and following these steps and precautions will help to extend the luster and shine of stainless steel.