Stainless Steel products have become an integral part of daily life, taking various forms and shapes to work for you. From kitchen surfaces to sinks and appliances to installations, stainless steel products are everywhere. Known for their reliability, their resilience and their clean & sleek looks, all stainless steel products are known to be resistant to corrosion while dust and dirt don’t stand a chance either. Hence their popularity in various industries, as raw materials! Many people have massive kitchens loaded from top to bottom with stainless steel ovens, fridges, shelves, tables and more. Taking care of all those stainless steel fixtures requires you to follow a few steps and avoid a few others. Here are some of the do’s and do not’s that you need to keep in mind:
Keep it Simple
Using a simple cloth with water is sometimes the best thing to do. All you need is for the water to be a bit warm and your stainless steel will come out shining bright and like new. One of the safest and easiest way to keep your surfaces clean, you can just use a dry towel to wipe down the surface and make it bone dry. Every stainless steel product comes with a set of polish lines that show the direction you need to drive your cloth down. If you have something from the micro-fibre range of cloths, then you are set for life.
Say no to Chlorine
We tend to stick to bleaches when it comes to cleaning up stuff, especially when you try to clean up stuff that seems harder to pull off. However, when it comes to stainless steel products, you need to keep bleach and chlorine as far from it as possible. Chlorine will steal the lustre from your surfaces so make sure they don’t come in contact.
Gentle is Good Enough
You don’t need to be rough and hard with your stainless steel products because a simply mild variety of detergent, along with the regular warm water component, will do the trick well enough for you to get all the grime off. Make sure you get a decent scrub-down though because you really need to prevent staining if not cleaned up properly. Always use a towel to dry out the entire surface because leaving even a mild mineral on the surface might cause a lot of damage.
Advertisements may show them wiping out the toughest of grimes from your kitchen surfaces, but if you are looking to keep your stainless steel products shiny and clean, then you should avoid these strong cleaners like the plague. Not only do they end up scratching the surface of the product, they will also kill off the shine on it. It may all look nice and clean at first but with regular use, you will just be killing the steel you love so much.
One of the biggest problems with stainless steel products is that they are magnets for fingerprints and that isn’t just when you touch them. Fingerprints stay on stainless steel much longer than you think and getting them off should be easy if you have a simple glass cleaner at your disposal. Try some ammonia that might be lying around, the kinds that generally found in homes and, once again, rinse thoroughly with warm water and wipe things down with a dry towel.
When you are spending the kind of money that you are on stainless steel products, you need to take special care of them so as to ensure that you get the full value for your money. Make sure you follow these steps if you are spending your money on stainless steel products.
Richard Harper – author
Richard is an architect who has spent a lot of time designing the inside and outside of homes. His past experiences, of working as an employee in other architecture firms, have him exposure in the arena of stainless steel. His fascination with the metal kept him going and his hunger for including stainless steel products earned him a lot of praise in the architectural circles. Today, with his own practice running along smoothly, Richard enjoys “bending steel” to do his bidding in his designs.