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Using Steel Cleaner to Clean Steel
Have you ever wondered about how to get that stubborn dirt off of stainless steel surfaces? Stainless steel utensils and equipment are common nowadays, thanks to the many benefits of stainless steel over normal steel, however the name can be a little misleading; while different types of stainless steel products will help to resist against rust and corrosion, they are not resistant to getting grubby. Unfortunately, this also means that cleaning stainless steel isn’t quite as easy as it might sound like it should be!
So, how can you keep your stainless steel equipment, pots and pans clean? What stainless steel cleaning products should you be using to make sure that your stainless steel utensils come up as shiny as new every time?
How to Clean Stainless Steel Products
When it comes to cleaning your stainless steel products, there are a number of different items that you will likely need. With a little elbow grease especially, these will help you to make sure that your old stainless steel appliances, pots and pans come up clean and sparkling, just like they were when they were new! So, what items should you be using?
In order to clean your stainless steel items, you should ideally make sure to invest in top quality stainless steel cleaner polish. Cleaner and polish products are ideal for keeping your stainless steel items in good condition, thanks to the fact that they are made specifically for cleaning stainless steel products. However, there are plenty of other items that you can also use to clean your stainless steel that you likely already have lying around, including plant based dish soap, coconut oil, and a microfiber cloth.
Getting A Little Elbow Grease
When trying to clean anything, a little elbow grease is always important. Such is definitely the case when trying to clean stainless steel. Indeed, if you keep your stainless steel well cared for, it will retain its corrosion and rust resistant properties for much longer—but failure to keep the stainless steel clean may result in it being less effective.
In order to clean your stainless steel, you should first start by gathering your supplies. Make sure you have a microfiber cloth handy, so that your stainless steel comes up clean and streak free, as well as either stainless steel cleaner or dish soap. You should also have a towel at hand to dry the stainless steel appliance or item once it is clean.
First, make sure you wipe down the stainless steel with a microfiber cloth and warm water to remove any loose dust and debris. In general, you shouldn’t need much more than this for routine cleaning and this will help to prolong the life of your stainless steel. Make sure you are resisting fingerprints while doing so! If further elbow grease is required to do a great job, though, then carry on with caution. Spray bottles are a common way of dampening the surface for this means.
Next, dry off the damp surface of your stainless steel, always wiping in the same direction as the grain of the metal to prevent streaks.
Once the surface is dry, you can use a little mild detergent solution to give the surface an extra clean (if needed). Just a few drops is needed to make up a mild solution, and this can then be gently smoothed over the surface of the stainless steel to help ease up any stubborn dirt, dust and debris. Once you have done this, then simply pat the surface dry with a towel to remove any excess moisture (no one likes a water spot!) and you should be done.
In some scenarios, soaking the dirt in a little oil—such as olive oil or coconut oil—may also help to take up the dirt so that it can be gently removed.
For the most stubborn dirt, you’ll need something a little more powerful. This is when specialist stainless steel cleaners, such as the Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner, are required to complete the job well. These stainless steel cleaning products are useful for helping to remove well stuck on grime without leaving big scratches in the stainless steel, and are also useful as they can usually act as a polish for the stainless steel as well—thereby leaving them clean and shiny!
A Word of Caution
When using stainless steel cleaners, or any type of cleaning product on stainless steel appliances, it is highly advisable to start by carrying out a test on a small patch of the material. Some products may not be correctly formulated for use with stainless steel products, and so an inconspicuous spot should always be tested first to make sure that there won’t be any adverse reactions to the cleaning product that you choose to use. For the best results, always make sure that you choose a reputable brand of cleaning products such as Weiman.