Maintaining Your Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is beautiful, useful, and hygienic. Many people have it in their homes in the form of pots and pans, utensils, and appliances, and it provides a variety of helpful uses in everyday life. Over time though the material can begin to look it’s age with rust, corrosion and numerous smudges and fingerprints appearing. By caring for stainless steel properly and on a regular basis, you can extend the life and usefulness of it for years to come.
Why take care of stainless steel?
It may seem like an invincible substance, but caring for stainless steel is very important. If it is not properly taken care of, rust can begin to form and the steel can become corroded, weakened, and stained. Depending on the elements, surroundings, use and nature of the stainless steel product, various care tactics and maintenance must be employed to keep it clean and beautiful.
Upkeep is simple
Part of the beauty of stainless steel is that it is a simple material to clean, and does not require constant and regular buffing or polishing to remain in beautiful, working order. A simple wash with soap and water and a thorough drying can do wonders for household stainless steel items. For fridges, stoves, and microwaves made of the substance, window cleaner or an all-purpose cleaner can be used to remove cosmetic issues such as fingerprints or other smudges, which tend to show up more visibly. Caring for stainless steel can be as easy as wiping it down with a dry cloth, or employing a mild detergent when needed. Towel drying is also beneficial in order to remove any additional water spots that might remain on the surface after cleaning.
There are quite a few products on the market specifically made for caring for stainless steel products around the home. You can find these in your local home improvement stores or specialty kitchen stores. If the steel has experienced staining over time (as is common in cookware), or scratches have appeared, then you can invest in a stainless steel cleaner such as Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner. These cannot only reduce the appearance of scratches and other wear and tear, but can prevent them from happening in the future. Steel cleaning products can add an extra shine and a boost of life to stainless steel items you have had for quite a while. Before cleaning your entire item with the cleaning product, spot-test it in a small out of sight area to see how it will affect the specific thing you want to clean. After you have used the steel-cleaning product, you will generally rinse it off and dry it with a towel.
Caring for stainless steel is an easy, quick process. By doing so, you can extend the beauty and life of this useful material all around your kitchen and home. With just a little but proper care and continued maintenance, your stainless steel investments will continue to look and work great for a long time.
Erin Smith is a seasoned home improvement blogger with a passion for renovations and interior design, especially DIY projects that are easy to do for everyone. She’s currently working with Absolute Fabrication Steel Fabrication in Langley, BC.