We’ve all been there, you wipe down a stainless steel surface and you’re left with smudges and marks you just can’t seem to get rid of!
Stainless steel requires a little extra care and attention to standard surfaces to keep it sparkling and looking brand new. Follow these easy steps and give your stainless steel a little TLC.
The Right Cleaner
First things first! You need a cleaner that is specifically for stainless steel. Cleaners that contain scouring powders, abrasives, bleach or ammonia will damage the surface of your appliances.
Find the Grain!
As with wood, stainless steel has different variations in the colour of the surface. If you look closely, you will notice the lines tend to go in one direction – either top to bottom or left to right. When cleaning, always follow the direction of the grain.
Using your cleaner and a dishcloth, wipe down any food splatters, dust or grease from your appliances every day. This will ensure the stainless steel remains shiny and clean, preventing the build-up of dust and dirt.
Use Orange Peel
Orange peel works wonders on cleaning stainless steel! As they produce natural oils, the peel will refresh the shine – the fresher the peel the better! Once a week, wipe down your appliance with an orange peel, again working to the grain and your appliances will shine like new!
Oil it Up!
To protect your appliances from rust and smudges, give them an oil treatment once a month. First, wipe down the surface with white vinegar in the direction of the grain, then rub with olive or mineral oil also along the grain.
If you maintain this routine, you’ll never have to worry about pesky smudges or stains again!
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