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How to Clean Stainless Steel

Have you upgraded to stainless steel in your kitchen? Make sure you know how to care for it with these tips from Domestic CEO. 

By
Amanda Thomas,
February 28, 2013
Episode #051

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Stainless steel has become a standard in most kitchens these days. It offers a beautiful, professional look to even a small kitchen, so it’s no wonder that many people are using it for appliances, sinks, and cookware. While it is wonderful to look at, stainless steel can be a bit of a challenge to clean. Since it is a delicate material, cleaning it incorrectly can give it scratches or spots, which take away from its beauty.

How to Clean Stainless Steel

Today I’m going to give you a few tips on how to clean stainless steel appliances, sinks, and cookware. As with any delicate surface, though, please remember to test these methods in an inconspicuous spot to make sure it is safe for your items.

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Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

When learning how to clean stainless steel appliances, you’ll notice there are usually 2 steps. You will need to remove the gunk and grime, like fingerprints, food, and grease from the surface first. This will give the appliances a smoother appearance, but it may also leave streaks. Polishing the appliances after you’ve removed the gunk and grime will restore the smooth, lustrous appearance that they had in the store.

To clean stainless steel appliances, you will need a clean rag or towel and a mild detergent or white vinegar. I personally prefer to use a damp microfiber towel and a little dish soap. The dish soap will dissolve any grease and grimy fingerprints from the appliances. If there is stuck-on food or tough gunk, you can also try using a nylon scrubber to scrub the grime off. Whatever you do, though, do not use steel wool or any scrubbers that are not specifically labeled “Non-Scratch.” Using any of these abrasive tools will create scratches in the stainless steel finish that can only be removed by paying a professional, so make sure you are using scrubbers that won’t damage your appliances.

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