Stainless steel is a hard metal that doesn’t corrode and resists rust and water stains very well, but despite the name it is not completely stain-resistant. Putting your fingers on a stainless steel surface will leave behind an unsightly oily marks. The easiest way to remove those and any other stains from stainless steel is to clean them off as soon as you notice them. Start with a simple cleaning solution and proceed to more advanced method if the basics fail.
- Make a cleaning solution of several drops of dish washing liquid and hot water. Dip a soft sponge into the soapy water and then wipe any marks and stains off the stainless steel. Rub in both directions – against and with the grain. Once the surface has been cleaned, wipe it dry with a towel.
- For stubborn stains, cleaners Dalston suggest trying undiluted white vinegar. Dampen a cloth with the vinegar and rub the stains off. Then rinse with a sponge and hot water. Dry the surface with a clean cloth.
- Use olive oil or club soda to remove streaks or heat stains. Rub the stain with a cloth dampened in either solution until it is gone.
- If the stains don’t respond to the above cleaning solutions, consider using a stainless steel cleaner and polisher. Use a cotton cloth to apply the product as described on its label, then remove the excess with a clean, dry cloth.
Never use products containing bleach or chlorine as well as steel wool and abrasive cleaners to clean stainless steel. Call professional cleaners if you face any difficulties cleaning your stainless steel surfaces.