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How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances

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Stainless Steel appliances have become the norm in American kitchens, everyone wants them, however one of their drawbacks is the constant maintenance needed to keep them clean and shining. There are a number of products to clean stainless, let’s take a look at what’s available.


Commercial Stainless Steel Cleaners



There are a numerous Stainless Steel cleaners on the market, these include spray on products from Magic, Perfect Stainless, Steel Miester, and Zep.


These are products you spray on and wipe off, all work well, and regular use will assure you of a clean and shiny appliances.

The problem with commercial cleaners is they are a cleaner and polish in one and the oils in the polish interfere with the cleaning action, requiring a lot of buffing to get the stainless clean.


The Alternative: Home Brew and Natural Cleaners



There are a number of home brew and natural cleaners that work just as well and cost less.


1. Vinegar, vinegar is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. Vinegar is now mainly used as a cooking ingredient. However its use as a general household cleanser is still promoted today.

Use vinegar in a 50/50 mix with water, spray on the surface and let it work for a minute or so, then wipe with a soft microfiber cloth and dry thoroughly. The mild acid in vinegar cuts through the oils left by fingerprints wiping them away instead of smearing them around.




2. Lemon Juice and Baking Soda:  this combination formed into a paste and applied with a damp sponge works well for removing stains, leave the paste on for 15-30 minutes and then wipe it off.



3. Club Soda: club soda will remove small rust spots, just apply the club soda to a soft cloth and buff the rust away.



4. Baking Soda: baking soda mixed with warm water makes a gentile, non-toxic cleaning paste. Apply the paste and leave it on the surface for a few minutes, then clean it off with a damp scratch free sponge or microfiber cloth.





Once you have the stainless clean how do we polish it? Commercial cleaners have oil in them and this oil interferes with the cleaning action requiring a lot of wiping. If you use the natural cleaners you can then polish with some natural polishes.



1. Olive Oil: Olive oil with a little elbow grease will hide scratches and make your stainless shine. Lightly spray the surface with olive oil, let it soak in for a few moments and then buff with a soft microfiber cloth for a great shine.



2. In between major cleanings try club soda for quick touch ups, spray it on and buff the surface dry, you’ll love the shine.



Stainless Steel Cleaning Tips



1. Always wipe the stainless with the grain; like wood, stainless steel has a distinct grain, going against the grain will cause scratches.



2. Never let the cleaner dry on the surface, always wipe the cleaner off within a few minutes of applying it. If the cleaner drys on the surface the stainless could be stained. This is true of all the products mentioned here.



3. Never use a scouring powder like Ajax or Comet on stainless, they will scratch and dull the surface.




4. Never use any cleaner with chlorine, such as bleach or household cleaners with bleach as an ingredient such as bathroom mold and mildew cleaners.



5. Always wipe the surface completely dry, remove any excess cleaner or polish, this is especially true with cleaners containing water. Any leftover moisture may leave water spots and can cause rust.



Once you’re done, open that clean and shinny refrigerator and have a cool drink!




Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man

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Posted 2015-06-19T00:42:32+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC
For commercial cleaners these are pretty good, but natural cleaners in my opinion are more prefered from the contemporary housekeepers. The truth is somewhere in the middle. As a place, we use detergents which are stronger than the commercial ones, but at the same time eco-friendly and non-harmful.
Posted 2015-07-02T12:29:46+0000  by NottinghamCleaners
We use Zep cleaner and love it!
Posted 2015-09-24T19:20:59+0000  by AlbertoNNJ10
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