In the past few years, stainless steel has gained wide popularity as the most preferred material for kitchenware, appliances and sinks. It is highly durable and resistant to corrosion and stains and can give a sleek, shiny and clean look to your kitchen. There are numerous highly useful methods for keeping stainless steel in your kitchen and house in shiny and bright condition for years.
Which is the perfect cleaning material for stainless steel?
Before you start, you should have adequate knowledge about what type of cleaning agent is best for stainless steel and what is not. You should avoid using any products that have bleach in them as stainless steel undergoes chemical reaction when it comes in contact with bleach resulting in its oxidation, which produces gold or grey colored blemishes on the steel. Any long term exposure may even lead to rusting of steel.
How to Clean Stainless Steel-Tips and Tricks!
Avoid all abrasive cleaners
- You should not use any type of abrasive household cleaners such as steel brushes or steel wool. As stainless steel has highly polished surface, even small scratches on over a period of time may make its surface dull and they will be easily noticeable.
- Use a lint-free and clean cloth when cleaning stainless steel pots, appliances, or pans. In most of the cases, hot water is sufficient for removing fingerprints or small stains.
- You should preferably dampen the cloth and squeeze out all excess water before cleaning your stainless steel appliances and kitchenware. You should clean them thoroughly as water spots ay form on them if you dry them naturally.
Various cleaning agents that work on steel
- If you feel that just hot water won’t be sufficient for cleaning stainless steel, you can use soap water. You can add few drops of mild detergent in the water for cleaning stainless steel.
- You should mix detergent and water before using it as it will evenly disperse it. If you want to remove something that has burned on your cooker or dried on an appliance or steel sink, you can even make a thick paste of cleaning agent and water for removing it.
- Mix some baking soda in hot water till it has a consistency similar to that of toothpaste. As baking soda is mildly abrasive, so you should scrub it gently to avoid scratching the surface of stainless steel. It will thoroughly clean the entire area where it is applied.
- You can rub just half a lemon on your stainless steel kitchenware or appliance to clean stubborn stains. You can also pour some drops of baby oil for polishing their surfaces.
- To remove white deposits (calcium) inside the pans, pots, you can mix some white vinegar in water and boil it for few minutes. Once it cools down, you can wash normally with the soap water.
- If some burnt food is sticking inside a pan or pot, you should submerge it for an hour in warm and soapy water to allow it to loosen. Then boil for few minutes and scrub it using nylon scouring pad. If stain are still there, you can repeat the process.