Even Stainless Steel Needs Regular Cleaning | Anyclean

updated: 09/11/2023

There is no kitchen or office that does not have stainless steel in the form of utensils, equipment or just small knick knacks. Stainless steel is easy to maintain – the name itself says as much- but even then some amount of regular extra cleaning and maintenance is required to keep the metal looking its best. What follows is a progressive system of cleaning stainless steel. If the initials steps do not produce the results you are looking for, you can carry on to the stronger cleaning methods. Keep in mind that if the early step is successful, you gain nothing by carrying on to the later stages.

1. For stainless steel that is not used for cooking or serving food, the basic and usually only cleaning is to wipe down the surface with a soft damp cloth and then dry with a towel. This should keep it looking clean and shining.

2. However, if there is grease on the surface, either from cooking or any other reason, make a medium strength mixture of warm water and dishwashing detergent and dip a soft cloth in it. Use the cloth to rub away the grease. Don’t hesitate to rub hard if it is required. Rinse off the detergent and dry. If the stain is reduced but not totally gone, repeat the process two or three times.

3. If the stain is still present take a clean dry cloth and wet it with rubbing alcohol. Rub the wet cloth on the stain. Stop and wait for a minute and rub again. Now rinse off the alcohol with warm water.

4. If the stain is still there or it has been burnt onto the stainless steel surface, make a paste of baking soda and water. The paste should be of the consistency of toothpaste. Apply the paste evenly over the stained area and let it sit for about twenty minutes. Rinse off the paste and dry with a towel. If the stain is reduced but not completely gone, repeat the process ass needed till there is no stain left.

5. Water spots on stainless steel can be removed by applying a little distilled white vinegar and rinsing it off.

Two things you need to keep in mind are firstly, that abrasive house cleaners should never be used on stainless steel as they may scratch and damage the finish of the metal. Secondly never use polish or silver cleaners on stainless steel since they may leave a stain. If your stains are not going, ask your domestic cleaning company for help.

About the author 

Nick Vassilev

Nick blogs about cleaning. He is a cleaning expert with more than 25 years of experience. He is also an NCCA-certified carpet cleaner. Founder and CEO of Anyclean.