Stainless steel is beautiful, but it smudges easily. It can even, strangely, become stained. Donâ€™t despair! Itâ€™s easy and inexpensive to keep your steel stainless and smudge-free. Timbercreek Communities has some great tips for how to keep your stainless steel clean.
Vinegar and Oil
Vinegar and oil is not only great for salad dressing, it also leaves your stainless steel gleaming! Donâ€™t mix them together though, you need to apply the two ingredients separately. You can use mineral oil, olive oil or other vegetable oil. The first step is to determine to determine the direction of the grain, it will either be vertical or horizontal. Go with the grain.Â Pour a small amount of oil on a microfiber cloth and polish in the direction of the grain. Next, pour a small amount of white vinegar on the other side of the cloth (or use a new cloth) and wipe off any remaining smudges, again, in the direction of the grain. Youâ€™ll be left with shiny steel!
Dish Soap and Baby Oil
For this 2 step process youâ€™ll need a couple of soft, non-abrasive cloths, and a little dish soap and baby oil. Dampen your first cloth and apply a little dish soap. Clean the steel along the direction of the grains. Going against the grain will not damage the steel, but you wonâ€™t get the clean, gleaming shine that youâ€™re looking for. When youâ€™re done cleaning the steel, wipe up any water streaks before polishing (with the grain) with a couple of drops of baby or mineral oil on a cloth.
Is there anything club soda canâ€™t clean? Put a little club soda in a spray bottle and spray directly onto the steel, then wipe it away with a cloth in the direction of the grain. This will remove fingerprints and residue, and give your stainless steel a nice shine.
A big complaint with stainless steel is all the fingerprints. You can quickly remove them by using glass cleaner, such as Windex. Itâ€™s not recommended that you spray it directly onto the appliance, as you may end up with drip marks and residue. Spray a small amount onto a cloth and apply it in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with water and another cloth and dry with a clean towel.
Your stainless steel just wants to shine! Timbercreek Communities hopes these tips help you keep your stainless steel clean and bright.