Metal Cleaning Tips
There’s a huge range of effective commercial metal cleaning products out there. Because it’s so important to have the right tools to hand when cleaning metal, we’d recommend the professional option over DIY solutions – although home remedies can yield reasonable results too.
Remember: Not all metals are quite as hard as you might expect, so it’s important to choose a cleaning method that does the job without scratching or corroding the finish. Test all new products and homemade cleaning solutions on a small, inconspicuous area before application, always consult the manufacturer’s instructions first, and take all of the required safety precautions.
There are some great solutions for cleaning metal using common household products as well as cleaning products. Give these a try:
Stainless Steel & Chrome
For a proper clean of stainless steel, removing soap scum, food residue, grease and water marks, you’ll need a specialised stainless steel cleaning product. Something like Cif Stainless Steel is ideal. Most multipurpose bathroom cleaners will be able to give chrome a brilliant clean, although you can purchase specialised cleaners if you like.
- Take a wet cloth and wipe down the entirety of the surface.
- Apply your stainless steel or multipurpose cleaning product, following instructions on the label. Always apply cleaner to stainless steel by rubbing it in with the grain – follow the pattern along to avoid scratches or dullness.
- Rinse off with water, and gently buff dry with a fresh cloth. Once again, go with the grain if you are cleaning steel.
Because baking soda is likely to spoil aluminium, it’s best avoided here. In fact, it is far safer in all cases to opt for simple soapy water, or a special aluminium cleaner. If you’d really prefer to try a homemade solution, mix and apply a solution containing white vinegar and cream of tartar for sparkling results.
Copper & Brass
There are commercial copper cleaners around, but other options may also yield results. Try applying ketchup gently with a cloth! Another trick is to halve a lemon and sprinkle it with coarse ground salt. Gently scrub the copper to restore its natural sheen. Rinse, and then rub gently with a soft cotton cloth.