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The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Stainless Steel in the Kitchen

You’ve finally said goodbye to that old, yellowing, plastic-covered dishwasher, in favour of a new, sleek, stainless steel model. Woohoo!

Stainless steel is durable, looks great, and can instantly modernise a kitchen. However, it can also be a royal pain to clean. So, here’s how to clean your new stainless steel appliance, the right way.

Stainless Steel Cleaning Don’ts

1. Don’t use abrasive tools and cleaners

Stainless steel can scratch or dull incredibly easily, so avoid using abrasive cleaning tools and cleaners, such as scourers, steel wool, baking soda, and harsh brushes.

2. Don’t use bleach

Bleach is a fantastic disinfectant, so it’s easy to understand why you’d want to use it on your stainless steel. However—when it comes to stainless steel, avoid bleach at all costs! Bleach can cause permanent cloudy marks and affect the finish of your appliances.

3. Don’t leave cleaning residue sitting on your stainless stee

Ironically, neglecting to wipe away cleaning residue and water can actually stain your stainless steel. So, keep some paper towel handy while you’re cleaning.

Stainless Steel Cleaning Do’s

1. Do clean in the direction of the grain

Just like wood, stainless steel has a grain. For a streak-free shine, wipe your stainless steel with the grain, not against it.

2. Do use an ammonia-free glass cleaner

Stainless steel can be a fingerprint magnet. To get rid of pesky fingerprints, use an ammonia-free, spray-on glass cleaner—it’s quick, effective, safe, and easy.

3. Do use a soft, microfibre cloth

A soft, non-abrasive sponge will work too, but the absolute best option for cleaning stainless steel is a microfibre cloth. They’re soft, pick up dust and dirt easily, and won’t harm the finish of your appliances.

4. Do use filtered water

Now, this may not be necessary for everyone. But tap water in some areas can contain harsh chemicals that could potentially pit or discolour your stainless steel. If you want to be really safe, filter your water first.

5. Do use dishwashing liquid

Often, a splash of hot water and a soft cloth will be enough to keep your stainless steel shining. But for caked-on gunk, try giving dishwashing liquid a go. Most brands of dishwashing liquid are gentle yet powerful against grime, so pop some on a cloth and wipe away to your heart’s content.

6. Do follow-up with paper towel

As mentioned earlier, leaving moisture sitting on your stainless steel is a one way trip to stain town. So, always follow up any cleaning with paper towel. Not only will the paper towel reduce your risk of stains, but it will also reduce your risk of smudges, streaks, and missed dust and dirt!

Note: Before attempting a clean, always read the appliance’s care manual.

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