Stainless steel appliances, fittings and handles are a popular choice for new home owners for its corrosion resistant qualities. However, stainless steel is not rust proof and dirt, dust and grime put stainless steel at risk of corrosion.
Regular cleaning should keep the protective chromium oxide layer intact to prevent corrosion and rust.
Best practice is to wipe surfaces with a dust cloth, and clean all exposed stainless steel (including light fixtures) frequently with glass cleaner or vinegar and water.
Remove any rust spots as soon as they appear to prevent irreversible pitting.
Bruce Grady’s Hot Tip: If the appliance is the untreated stainless steel variety, then apply WD40 to a cloth and wipe over to clear marks.
Avoid Abrasive Cleaners
Avoid the use of abrasive cleaners as they can cause scratches in the finish and can lead to future stains, rust and corrosion of the steel. Usually stainless steel doesn’t need to be scrubbed which also causes scratches.
Do Not Use Chlorine Cleaners
Stainless steel and chlorine do not mix so avoid bleach when you clean. Be aware that bleach can be included in different types of cleaners. If you accidentally get some on your stainless steel, rinse it off straight away.
Always Rinse & Dry
Gritty or dirty water can leave a residue on your finish, stain or pit the surface of your stainless steel. Be sure to rinse completely and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
Stainless doesnt really mean no stains. Often stains are the result of cleaning products left on the surface or pre-existing scratches that have allowed grime to seep in. To remove the stains, start with vinegar and water, if not removed try a powdered cleanser, and failing that, try stainless steel stain remover from your local hardware store.