Cleaning Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a very easy finish to keep clean. There are some special procedures that will benefit your new stainless steel appliances. Since stainless steel is an alloy of iron which contains chromium that helps form the top protective layer on the steel, there are a few important things to know about it.

Stainless steel will occasionally dull or show fingerprints. To remove fingerprints you have several choices. You can use a mixture of soap and water, but if you have hard water or don’t remove the soap completely you can leave behind streaks and water marks. The best way to remove fingerprints is to use another item found in most kitchens – olive oil! Olive oil will remove fingerprints and streaks from stainless steel without harming its finish. You don’t need to use a lot, just dab a paper towel in olive oil and use it to clean the surfaces of most stainless steel appliances. You will be amazed by the results!

If your appliances become dull, as they will through normal use, you can bring back their showroom shine by using vinegar. White or cider vinegar dabbed onto a damp cloth will bring back the shine of stainless steel while protecting the coating of the steel. Vinegar is also an excellent cleaner and will help remove smudges and other marks that may show up on your appliances through normal wear and tear.

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