Just about everyone’s kitchen has plenty of stainless steel to care for. Whether it is large appliances, cookware, sinks, utensils or small appliances, stainless steel is generally durable and easy to maintain. But it still needs to be cleaned. Following these simple methods will insure that your stainless steel items look their best.
What You Will Need
- Soft wash cloth
- Soft absorbent towel
- Warm water
- Small bucket
- Mild grease-fighting dishwashing liquid (such as Dawn or Joy)
- Rubbing (isoprophyl) alcohol (optional)
- Baking Soda (optional)
Stainless Steel Cleaning Process
- The simplest and quickest way to clean stainless steel is to simply wet a wash cloth with warm water, and wipe down stainless steel items.
- Dry thoroughly with a soft towel.
- If grease stains remain, mix a few drops of dishwashing detergent with warm water in the bucket until suds form.
- Wet the wash cloth with the sudsy mixture and wipe the stainless steel item thoroughly.
- Rinse the area with clear water, and dry thoroughly with soft towel.
- If grease spot still remains, try wetting a small cloth with rubbing alcohol.
- Rub the grease spot thoroughly with the rubbing alcohol cloth.
- Rinse the area with clean water and dry thoroughly with a soft towel.
- For stubborn, burnt on stains, make a soft paste of baking soda and water (should be the consistency of toothpaste).
- Apply to the stain and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Scrub the area with a soft wash cloth dampened with sudsy water described in step 3 above.
- Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly with a soft towel.
Additional Tips and Advice
- To quickly clean fingerprints and smudges from stainless steel, spray with window cleaner (such as Windex™, or a mixture of 4 parts water and 1 part household ammonia) and wipe with a paper towel.
- NEVER use abrasive cleansers, abrasive sponges or steel wool (such as Brillo®) on your stainless steel as it may scratch the finish.
- If you have rust stains on your stainless steel, try cleaning it with an oxalic cleanser such as Barkeeper’s Friend.
- NEVER use silver cleaners or polish on your stainless steel as they may leave a stain.
- If you have water spots on your stainless steel sink, try rubbing them with a soft cloth dampened with olive or vegetable oil, then buff with a dry cloth. This should not only remove water spots, but make your stainless steel sink shine like new.
- If you have water spots on your stainless steel utensils, try rubbing them with a little distilled white vinegar, rinsing them with warm water and drying them thoroughly with a soft towel.
- Never leave stainless steel cookware on a high heat burner for an extended period of time as it may cause discoloration that cannot be removed. Similarly, never leave boiling water to evaporate completely in a stainless steel pot as it may cause permanent discoloration.