How to clean and main­tain stain­less steel

The Observer (Sarnia) - - HOMES -

No mat­ter the style of a home­owner’s kitchen, be it mod­ern, tra­di­tional or farm­house, stain­less steel ap­pli­ances can add a pop of shine and a touch of class. Pro­po­nents of stain­less steel ap­pli­ances note their easy main­te­nance, stylish look and dura­bil­ity. Plus, the neu­tral tone of stain­less steel helps it blend in with just about any colour pal­ette.

Stain­less steel is lauded for its strength and re­sis­tance to cor­ro­sion and rust. These at­tributes make it a pop­u­lar choice in kitchens, where mois­ture is an is­sue. Al­though they are cer­tainly durable choices, stain­less steel ap­pli­ances re­quire main­te­nance to keep them look­ing and per­form­ing at their best. Con­sid­er­ing that stain­less steel also costs more than other fin­ish op­tions, tak­ing the time to learn proper care can help pro­tect home­own­ers’ in­vest­ments.

• Avoid chlo­rine bleach or other prod­ucts con­tain­ing chlo­ride. Al­though stain­less steel is highly re­sis­tant to cor­ro­sion, it is not com­pletely im­per­vi­ous. Chlo­rine prod­ucts can dam­age the sur­face of stain­less steel ap­pli­ances and stain them if the chlo­rine is left to sit.

• Do not use metal scour­ers or coarse abra­sives on the stain­less steel be­cause such prod­ucts may scratch the steel. Steel wool pads can leave be­hind a residue of small metal par­ti­cles that may even­tu­ally rust.

• Bak­ing soda mixed with a lit­tle dish soap can be used to re­move some tough dirt and stains. Rinse well and towel dry to avoid streak­ing.

• Clean and wipe the steel in the di­rec­tion of the “grain.” Usu­ally this means work­ing from the top of the ap­pli­ance and mov­ing down to­ward the floor.

• Con­sult with the owner’s man­ual be­fore un­der­tak­ing any main­te­nance or clean­ing. The ap­pli­ance may have a spe­cial coat­ing over the stain­less steel to help pro­tect it, and it’s best to know what you’re deal­ing with be­fore get­ting your hands dirty.

• If you will be try­ing a clean­ing prod­uct or scour­ing method, al­ways test it first in an in­con­spic­u­ous spot to see if it is ef­fec­tive or harm­ful.

• It’s rec­om­mended that cleansers by ap­plied with a soft cloth or sponge. Then wipe dry with a soft, clean cloth or al­low to air dry.

Stain­less steel re­mains a pop­u­lar ma­te­rial in kitchens for sinks and ap­pli­ances. With care, stain­less steel can look like new for years to come.

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Stain­less steel re­mains a pop­u­lar ma­te­rial in kitchens for sinks and ap­pli­ances. With care, stain­less steel can look like new for years to come.

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