Stainless Steel Cleaning Methods & Recommendations
While stainless steel is a highly-durable material, there are a few simple tips to keeping it clean and in tip-top condition. Well maintained stainless steel will last for decades.
General Cleaning Methods
1. Polish or brush with the grain of the stainless steel.
This will help to diminish marks or scratches.
2. Day to Day Cleaning – mild detergent and cloth or soft brush
(no bleach). Make sure you rinse with clean water and wipe the surface dry. Harsh bleaches can permanently ruin any stainless steel surface. Detergent is fine. Specialist stainless steel cleaners are fine, but largely unnecessary.
3. Deep Clean – for a really intense clean, us methylated spirits or turpentine and then rinse with clean water and dry. Follow up with light rub of olive oil and polish with soft cloth.
4. Tea and Coffee Stains – Soak the affected area with boiling water and baking powder. Then rinse with fresh water and dry.
5. Rust Marks – We recommend using a proprietary stainless steel cleaner (such as a phosphoric acid). Please handle with care and ensure you rinse with clean water and dry carefully.
6. Limescale – Soak in boiling water with 25% vinegar solution, rinse well with baking powder solution and then rinse with clean water.
7. Paint – Paint stripper or turpentine, with nylon brush. Rinse well with fresh water and dry.
DON’T use concentrated bleach, hydrochloric acid or any cleaning chemical that has Chlorine. Chlorine is a corrosive chemical for all types of stainless steel.
DON’T scrub against the grain of the steel.
DO not use steel wool brushes or scourers which have been used on ordinary steel as these will damage the stainless surface and allow rust to form.
DO use a soft cloth and follow these guidelines for years of great stainless steel!
Any questions give our team a call on 1300 272 926