Cleaning and protecting stainless steel surfaces

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Stainless steel has a special coating that protects it from rust, scratches, and stains. If the coating wears away, the steel layer beneath is exposed, leaving it vulnerable to damage. This article will help you to remove stains and protecting the stainless steel coating – read on to find out more.

Light cleaning

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Appliances that come into contact with food (or sticky fingers) should be cleaned regularly.

Before you start, you'll need the following items:

  • A bowl of clean water.
  • A clean, damp cloth.
  • White vinegar.
  • A gentle anti-bacterial spray, or mild detergent – try to avoid harsh chemicals and bleaching agents, as these will eat away at the protective coating.

Follow these steps to keep your stainless steel surfaces looking clean and bright:

 

1.

Spray some of the antibacterial liquid on to a clean cloth and wipe the stainless steel surface.

2.

Remove any stubborn marks by dabbing them with white vinegar. For any greasy deposits or stubborn food stains, leave the vinegar for a few minutes.

3.

When the deposits have broken down, spray again with the antibacterial liquid.

4.

Wipe the area dry, in the direction of the steel finish. Try not to wipe in circular motions because this will wear away the protective layer.

Buffing stains away

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If you're having trouble getting rid of some stubborn stains or residues, we recommend using a baking soda solution:

 

1.

Mix a 100ml solution of baking powder and water and dab this on to the marked areas.

2.

Leave the mixture to soak for 30 minutes.

3.

Wipe it clean with a damp cloth, then dry thoroughly.

Olive oil is also a gentle cleanser which removes surface stains by diluting them – and doesn't break down the protective coating on stainless steel appliances.

 

1.

Dab a little oil on to a clean, dry cloth.

2.

Wipe the oil over the stainless steel surface and leave for several minutes.

3.

Remove the oily residue with a kitchen towel.

Stainless steel cleaner is the best product to use if you're looking for a shiny finish. Use a gentle microfiber dusting cloth and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

We don't recommend using abrasive cloths like wire wool or scouring pads. These will wear away the steel coating, leaving the metal underneath exposed.

Protecting the surface finish

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Here are a few tips for keeping stainless steel surfaces looking their best:

  • You can use a stainless steel protectant. You don't need to re-apply it after every use – just when the steel starts to lose its lustre.
  • Try not to leave fingerprint marks, water, milk, food or bleach on stainless steel surfaces. These can leave permanent stains.
  • Don't let liquid soap dry on to the stainless steel.
  • Avoid leaving hot pans on stainless steel.
  • Avoid letting cooking foods bubble over on to a steel hob.
  • Don't cut food on a stainless steel surface – this can scratch the surface and leave the steel exposed.
  • Don't leave dishcloths or sponges to dry on a stainless steel surface – this can leave marks that are difficult to clean off.

Hopefully that's all you need to know about looking after your stainless steel surfaces – but if you need any extra help, you can get in touch with a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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