In our kitchen or in our living room, there may be many stainless steel home appliances and other equipment, such as cookware sets, trash cans, slow cookers, toaster ovens, etc. And you will find many appliances have a stainless steel finish. How to protect these stainless steel home appliances and equipment? Here, I will give you some tips you can follow.
Abrasive cleaners are not allowed to use, or they may scratch the surface
If you use abrasive cleaners to clean the surface, the surface may be scratched. If it is a dull finish, it is not obvious to see the scratching like a mirror. However, highly polished finishes can show scratching obviously, making the surface looking ugly. Generally, you don’t need to scrub the stainless steel. Sometimes, you just use a clean wet rag to clean the surface with any commercial cleaners.
Forget steel wool or steel brushes
Abrasive cleaners are not allowed to use, so forget steel wool or steel brushes. Maybe you find it is easy to clean some dirties with steel wool or steel brushes. However, if you keep doing this, few particles will be left on the surface and these little particles will begin rusting and staining the surface. They may also scratch the surface. Therefore, you should say no to steel wool or steel brushes as you can.
Check the ingredients carefully and don’t choose cleaners containing chlorine
You may find many types of cleaners contain bleach (chlorine) if you check the ingredients carefully. However, you’d better not mix the stainless steel and chlorine together. The bleach is corrosive too and can damage the surface. If you accidentally use a cleaner containing chlorine, you must rinse it off as soon as possible.
Rinsing is essential
A residue may be left on the finish, if the water is dirty or gritty. The dirty or gritty water may also pit or stain the surface, so don’t forget to rinse completely. If you don’t want the residue left on the surface to stain or damage the finish, you have to rinse, because the residue from cleaning solutions is corrosive.
Do not assume it’s the cleaner
Even if you have followed all the rules above to clean the surface of the steel, the stainless steel may also be damaged. It is not the stainless cleaner. We must pay attention to the water we use. Water, especially hard water will leave staining and spotting on the surface if you don’t towel dry after rinsing. Therefore, remember to towel dry after rinsing. Water may contain other chemicals, making it an enemy to the stainless steel surface or finish.