Stainless steel is a great, durable material that is fairly simple to keep clean at home. Aside from looking great and having a smooth surface that prevents the growth of bacteria, stainless steel is the most widely used material in restaurant and commercial settings. The material does not rust very easily despite daily use in professional kitchens.
Stainless steel surfaces are the easiest to maintain in comparison to stones, marble, and wood. But that doesn’t mean you can neglect it. It still needs basic maintenance and cleaning to keep its radiance. Here are some tips and tricks on how to clean stainless steel or quilted stainless steel to keep it spotless and shiny.
1. Warm Water Plus A Microfiber Towel
Stainless steel becomes vulnerable to damage when the protective film is scratched with a steel pad, wire sponge, water that is puddled or sitting, or harsh chemicals from household cleaners. The first step you should take is getting some warm water and a microfiber towel. The microfiber should be soft enough to not be abrasive, but abrasive enough to remove stubborn stains.
Stainless steel does not demand too much attention unless you really have not cleaned it for a long time and do not clean up after spills. In terms of stainless steel used for backsplashes, countertops, and cookware, it is best to wipe them dry after cleaning. If not, water spots will form due to minerals. For stubborn stains, do not use steel scouring pads, instead choose plastic scrubbing pads.
Overall: try warm water and a microfiber towel or plastic scrubbing pads first.
2. Try Mild Detergent
It is always best to stay on the safe side by using a mild detergent. This also ensures that you’re not using harmful chemicals that could seep through into your food. Stainless steel does not require steel wool or strong detergents. A common dish soap will be just right and washing them by hand is better than using a dish washer. Upon washing, dry immediately.
Tip: Wash and scrub with the grain. For stainless steel surfaces with brushed or polished finishes, always wipe and scrub in the same direction as the “grain” lines in the metal.
3. White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Still have stubborn stains on your stainless steel? Try spraying a mixture of white vinegar onto the surface and use a soft towel to wipe it clean. Do not leave it sitting there for too long. The acetic properties of vinegar make it great for cleaning and is also a safe way to clean kitchen surfaces naturally.
Try baking soda is great for dull, old stainless steel sinks, countertops, and backsplashes. Just sprinkle and use a wet towel to wipe away. Of course, don’t forget to wipe dry.
We do not recommend using industrial-grade, harsh cleaners is not recommended for stainless steel surfaces. Although they may be effective, but they diminish the surface and shine in the long term.