How to clean your stainless steel appliances

November 11, 2019
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Stainless steel kitchen appliances have revolutionised urban kitchens, making industrial finishes fashionable again. 

With electricity prices and accessibility becoming a challenge, many households have changed to gas cookers.  

Cleaning a stainless steel cooktop is an important part of kitchen maintenance. Usually, cleaning is as simple as wetting a sponge with soapy water and wiping the cooktop down. For more serious cleaning, however, you might have to resort to a baking soda paste or a specialized stainless steel cleaning agent. Protect yourself before you get started by ensuring the stainless steel cooktop is cool, and protect your cooktop by avoiding caustic cleaning products.

Use water and soap to clean the cooktop. Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with a few cups of warm water. Dampen a sponge or dishcloth with the mixture. Gently wipe the stainless steel cooktop in the direction of its grain.

  • The grain of a stainless steel cooktop refers to the orientation of the small flecks or striations on the surface. 
  • There is no need to carefully measure the water or soap. As long as the water is warm and sudsy, your cleaning efforts will surely meet with success.
Dry the stainless steel cooktop. Once you’ve wiped the stainless steel cooktop off with warm, soapy water, dry it using a dry cloth or sponge. As you dry the stainless steel cooktop, move along the direction of the cooktop’s grain.
 
Maintain your cooktop’s luster. If you want your stainless steel cooktop to not only be clean but look clean, apply polish after cleaning it. After you’re done cleaning your stainless steel cooktop, burnish it using stainless steel polish, lemon oil, or a silicone-based spray. Apply the polish with a clean, lint-free cloth, moving with the grain. 
 
How to remove stains from stainless steel. To remove stains from stainless steel, mix equal parts of liquid dish soap and baking soda to form a paste. Dab the paste onto an old toothbrush and gently scrub the stain along the grain of the steel. For stubborn stains, dab a brush into undiluted vinegar, scrub the stain, then wipe the vinegar away with a cloth.
 
Fridges and fingerprints. Try these simple tricks to reduce fingerprint marks and keep things gleaming.
 
White vinegar and olive oil. Apply white vinegar directly to a microfiber cloth, or spray directly onto your surface. Let sit for just a moment, and then wipe clean in the direction of the grain. Apply the vinegar as many times as necessary to remove any grime. Then dab a clean towel into some olive oil and polish the freshly-cleaned surface in the direction of the grain. If any extra olive oil residue remains, wipe away with a clean cloth. This method works well because the vinegar gets rid of all the grime, while the olive oil gives it a fresh, shiny polish.

Lemon Oil Furniture Polish 

Simply apply a bit of it to a clean towel and rub on your appliance. Once you have evenly applied wipe clean with a different microfibre cloth towel. It’s not recommended that you apply the furniture oil directly onto the stainless steel surface. 

Glass Cleaner for Fingerprints

Fingerprints are the chief complaint about stainless steel. This is especially true for all the parents out there. However, they can be easily removed with any common glass cleaner.

Spray the cleaner on a microfibre cloth and apply evenly in a circular motion to remove the fingerprints. Repeat as needed. be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry. It’s not recommended that you spray directly to your appliance, as you may end up with more drip marks and splatter residue, leaving you with more work than you initially anticipated.

 

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