How to Polish and Protect Stainless Steel
If you notice your stainless steel hardware is getting scratched or dull, polishing it will help to restore its appearance and build up its protective surface. Here are a few options:
- Buy specialist stainless steel polish.
- Use natural alternatives: after using your chosen stainless steel cleaner and rinsing away, apply vinegar or lemon juice directly to your cloth and wipe over the surface – or pour a concentrated solution into an empty spray bottle – and apply.
- Use baby or olive oil: pour a small amount onto a dry cloth and rub it all over the appliance, remembering to work with the grain. Leave for a few minutes, then, wipe the oil away with a paper towel.
Regular care makes cleaning stainless steel a straightforward task, and your fittings and appliances will keep their shine for much longer as a result. Try to prevent stains by:
- Mopping up spillages as soon as they happen to avoid permanent marks.
- Rinsing with water after applying chemicals.
- Always keeping metal as dry as possible, so water spots don’t occur.
So, Why Is It Important to Clean Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel is a material that is used extensively in the kitchen due to its general resilience against things like heat and corrosion, along with a pretty good level of stain resistance. Usually, the chromium within stainless steel reacts to oxygen in the air and forms a protective film, preventing problems like rust and reducing the risk of permanent marks. If the steel surface is coated with grease or dirt, however, this reaction can’t happen and the steel is more vulnerable to corrosion and wear.
It’s important, therefore, to have a regular regime in place for cleaning stainless steel sinks, cooker tops and fridges in order to keep the metal looking good and performing at a high standard. Just follow these steps, and your stainless steel will soon be gleaming once more!