Stainless steel is one of the best materials known to resist corrosion and rust, which is why many people choose to put appliances and fixtures crafted from this metal in their kitchens and bathrooms. When they are new and shiny, stainless steel can look amazing, but full of fingerprints and grime, it isn’t so dreamy. There are several types of stainless steel, ranging from the 316lvm commercial grade to the marine grade used in many watch components. You might have difficulty keeping your stainless clean, but with these handy tricks, you never need to worry about the shine.
1. Dish Soap and Mineral Oil. Wooden surfaces have a grain direction, and so do stainless steel appliances. A sheet of steel will have the same grain, and if you clean the surface in the direction of the grain, the cleaning residue might sink deeper in the crevice and keep the shine longer.
2. White Vinegar and Olive Oil. Using white vinegar, you can spray a mist directing onto the surface of your appliance and wipe it clean. You can apply the vinegar as often as needed until the grime is gone, then finish the cleaning cycle with a layer of olive oil. Wipe away the excess with a clean cloth, always remembering to move in the direction of the grain.
3. Club Soda. If you have an extra can of club soda around, spray a little directly onto any stainless surface and wipe it clean. Use a soft, microfiber cloth to give the appliance a nice shine that leaves the fingerprints in oblivion.
In spite of the resistance to rust that makes stainless steel appealing, dirt, dust, and grime can expose the material to chemicals that can break down the surface over time. Using chemicals can be harsh on your appliances, and replacing them can be costly. These non-caustic and inexpensive products can help protect the longevity of your fridge, stove, and other items and make them neater and cleaner in the process.…