Proper Care and Cleaning of Stainless Appliances
While stainless steel appliances are very beautiful, many times it can be difficult to keep these appliance clean and looking their best. Below we have outlined several tips to keeping your appliances looking their best.
Using the Proper Cleaner
Cleaning your appliance with plain water and a clean cloth may prove adequate at times, but this usually leaves behind water spots and staining after time. Using glass cleaner works very good for removing fingerprints and smudges, but does not usually remove staining can can sometimes leave streaks in the stainless.
We recommend washing the appliance with warm soapy water and then using an actual stainless steel cleaner. These cleaners are designed to not only clean stains, brighten stainless, and polish, but also will leave a protective film to prevent dulling the stainless to keep it looking like new.
When using these cleaners it is VERY important to read the directions before using. The main thing to pay attention to is to always clean the appliance using long strokes and going WITH the direction of the grain in the stainless. You should be able to see lines in the stainless (usually horizontally) and this is the grain that you want to follow. The reason is that many of these cleaners contain abrazives and polish which can scratch the stainless if used improperly. There are many types of stainless cleaners available and you can pick them up at most grocery stores or appliance repair companies and dealers. Below are a few examples of types of cleaners we sell.
Preventing Rust on Stainless
The main cause of rusting has been due to the types of cleaners used on the stainless appliances. Below is a perfect example of a Chlorinated Cleaner being used on a stainless steel surface.
Lately there has been a big push of cleaners containing bleach. The sample photo below is the Clorox brand but there are many others brands using chlorine as an active ingredient.
Do not use abrasive cleaners that will scratch the surface.
Depending on the surface finish of your stainless steel, abrasive cleaners can cause scratching. Duller finishes probably won’t show scratching as much as mirror or highly polished finishes. When in doubt, test in a hidden spot, and also work from the least risky type of cleaning, (ie water) to the heavy duty stuff.
Do not forget to rinse.
Gritty or dirty water, or residue from cleaning solutions left on a stainless steel surface can stain or damage the finish.
Do not use cleaners containing chlorine.
While it may be second nature to bleach everything, stainless steel and chlorine don’t mix. Stay away from the bleach when you clean stainless steel.
Do not use steel wool or steel brushes.
These products leave little particles in the surface of the steel and inevitably these particles begin rusting and staining the surface of the steel. They also can excessively scratch the surface of your stainless steel.
Do not assume it’s the cleaner.
If you do have some spotting or staining, and you’ve followed all of the rules, it may not be the cleaner. Water, especially hard water, can leave spotting and staining on stainless steel surfaces. Towel dry after rinsing can end the problem.