How to clean stainless steel appliances: simple methods
Stainless steel is a beautiful, convenient and durable material for the manufacture of various surfaces, facades and kitchen appliances. Kettles and worktops, refrigerators and sanitary ware, what not, are made of it. However, this material has a significant drawback: it is easy to leave stains on it, which are then conspicuous. That's why it's important to know how to clean stainless steel easily, quickly, and most importantly, effectively. And so that no scratches remain on the surfaces.
The Sun turned to housekeeping expert Linda Mason Hunter for advice on this matter. She wrote a book on how to keep your home clean using natural and eco-friendly products. Naturally, she advised several ways to clean stainless steel with something that can be found in literally every kitchen.
What not to clean with
The expert immediately warned against the use of harsh abrasives and brushes, powdered cleaners, bleach and ammonia. All of these can damage stainless steel mechanically or chemically. Mason Hunter advises to give preference to liquid products and soft cloths and sponges for their application.
Anything that removes dirt from glass and makes it shine will always be able to work on stainless steel. Whether alcohol, acid or surfactant-based, they are designed to dissolve dirt stains and work well thanks to their liquid formula. Spray the cleaner onto the surface, wipe it off with a sponge and polish it to a high shine with a dry, lint-free cloth.
Unlike scouring powders, flour is a very fine substance and cannot scratch stainless steel. Put a small amount of this product on a dry microfibre cloth and rub it over the surface. Yes, flour is unlikely to cope with stubborn dirt and old stains, but it is ideal for daily cleaning. An important caveat is that the surface should also be dry so that the flour does not start to turn into dough and leave dirt on its own.
Vinegar and oil
This is a two-phase cleaning solution that not only removes stubborn dirt from the steel surface, but also provides additional protection. Pour vinegar into a spray bottle. If there are no stubborn stains on your surface, you can dilute it with water in a 1:1 ratio to make it even milder. Leave it on for a few seconds, then wipe it off with a lint-free cloth. After that, apply a few drops of vegetable oil to a dry microfibre cloth and wipe the surface thoroughly. This will make it water-repellent.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told how to restore the shine to glassware.