How To Clean Your Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is commonly used in the kitchen, perhaps for its notorious capacity to resist stains and corrosion. However if you are the owner of any stainless steel appliance, you are probably well aware of the stubborn stains and that sit on the surface of your product.

There are many factors that put stainless steel at risk of rusting, such as dirt, grime and dust. In addition, the use of harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaning products can damage stainless steel, and despite its name, can most definitely lead to staining.

Stainless Steel Cleaning with e-cloth

You may have been advised to use a number of chemical cleaning products, which often are attached to a hefty price tag. Neither do you need specialist cleaners to attend to your stainless steel, because we have some great tips to help you achieve that sparkling finish on your stainless steel using just e-cloth and water.

As e-cloths use just water to clean, there is nothing that can damage the surface of the stainless steel. Cleaning with e-cloth will achieve a beautiful streak-free finish on your stainless steel without the use of harsh chemical products. This is one of the many reasons why e-cloth is recommended by most of the leading stainless steel appliance manufacturers, including:

Polished Stainless Steel and Chrome

Polished stainless steel looks great in any space, but can be a tougher surface to clean when compared to its brushed finish counterparts. Finger-prints and other stains can be easily seen on this type of stainless steel, as the polished effect draws close attention to any mark on its surface. Here are some quick tips on how to clean your polished stainless steel with just e-cloth and water:

It can be a good idea to fold the Glass & Polishing Cloth and use it as a pad. This ensures good contact with the surface and gives you a number of dry areas of the cloth to use. If the cloth is too wet, moisture residue does not evaporate quickly and the surface may not be left streak-free.

Brushed Stainless Steel

Brushed stainless steel is a metal with an unidirectional satin finish. Cleaning brushed stainless steel isn't too different to cleaning polished stainless steel, yet should most definitely still be handled with care whilst cleaning. Here are some quick tips on how to clean your brushed stainless steel with just e-cloth and water:

  • Use a damp Stainless Steel Cloth for an initial clean - using the toughened stripe side to get into the grain of the brushed stainless steel.
  • Finish with a dry Glass & Polishing Cloth, for a perfect streak-free finish.

Other Stainless Steel Cleaning

There are also a number of other ways you can clean your stainless steel products, with a few unexpected items you can find around your house:

1. White Vinegar and Olive Oil

Apply white vinegar to an e-cloth Microfiber Cloth. Allow the vinegar to sit for a moment and then wipe it clean. You can repeat this process as many times as necessary until the grime has disappeared. Then, grab a towel into the olive oil, and polish the surface you have just cleaned. Ensure you do this in the direction of the grain.

2. Flour

This tip can sometimes prove to be messy, so it’s a good idea to do this in your stainless steel sink. Firstly start by cleaning your sink as usual, ensuring there is no dirt or grime. Allow the sink to dry, and then coat the surface in flour, using as much as you wish. Take a cloth and buff away. The sink will slowly reveal its beautiful shine.

3. Carbonated water

Spray carbonated water onto your stainless steel, and then wipe thoroughly in the direction of the grain. This method will lift fingerprints and will give your stainless steel a nice shine. Finally, wipe clean with an e-cloth Microfiber Cloth.

Oil-based Coatings

If streaks still remain on your stainless steel, there can be a number of reasons why. There may be a coating on your stainless steel, which was put on by the manufacturer to protect the product during transit. Another reason for streaks may be due to the previous use of your stainless steel, which may have used a specialist cleaner which contained oils. These oils fill the crevices in the surface of the brushed stainless steel. To remove these oils from the surface or appliance, repeatedly use the cloth with hot water. The cloth can become saturated with oil and may need a hot wash.

Finish with a dry Glass & Polishing Cloth, for a perfect streak-free finish.