How to Clean Stainless Steel

How to Clean Stainless Steel

Oct 11th 2012 Written by Alex Knutson

We're going to look at how to clean stainless steel. I am working on a stainless steel sink, but the techniques I'm going to show you can be used for all stainless steel. First, let's talk about what we should not use on stainless steel. Stay away from anything that is abrasive such as Comet, abrasive scrubbing pads and anything that has chlorine in it, like bleach. These can damage the surface of the stainless steel. Stainless steel naturally has a resistance to corrosion, but dirt can compromise that natural corrosion resistance. So actually cleaning the stainless steel is more than just a cosmetic issue, it's a maintenance issue. Most of the time, all we need to clean stainless steel is water with a mild detergent. Sometimes fingerprints need a little bit more and for that my personal favorite is glass cleaner. I like glass cleaner because it's readily available and it doesn't leave water spots as much.

So let's clean this sink. When you clean stainless steel, it is important to make sure you always rub along with the grain, those fine polishing lines in the stainless. We also want to make sure that we remove all the liquid from the surface, and then polish it up. If we do leave any liquid it will dry and produce water spots, so make sure it's completely dry. Now if you have particularly bad spots, stains and marks, I recommend a commercial stainless cleaner. The big difference between the glass cleaner and the stainless steel cleaner is you have to polish the stainless cleaner a little bit more, but it also cleans the surface better. I'll show you how this works. First we'll wipe that stainless steel cleaner down and then change rags or change sides of your rag and we'll polish it until the strikes and hazy look are gone. This is particularly important because if you don't polish the stainless steel cleaner enough, you will leave streaks. Take your time with polishing and you will see great results.

You can easily see the great difference between what has been cleaned and what has not been cleaned.

This has been "How to clean Stainless Steel". Thanks for watching.

Oct 11th 2012 Alex Knutson

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