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How To Remove Sticky Adhesive from Stainless Steel

Stainless steel seems to hold up to all manner of abusive treatment and conditions, so when a stray sticker or adhesive mark is present, it can be tempting to just muscle it off by scraping. But scraping is actually one of the few things that can really damage the appearance and performance of stainless steel. Instead, we turn to non-abrasive techniques using solvents. Even if it seems as though they are known to be compatible with a given surface, always test any cleaning solution and technique in an inconspicuous spot before using it on a wider, more visible area.

Saturate the corner of a soft clean cloth with rubbing alcohol. Gently press the soaked cloth on the sticker or adhesive mark, and rub back and forth in the pattern and direction of the existing finish. Collect and discard any sticker and adhesive mass that has been successfully dislodged. Move to a clean area of the rag and repeat. Once the bulk of the sticker and adhesive mark has been removed, rinse the area thoroughly with water. Sprinkle Bar Keeper's Friend lightly on the surface, only where the surface has been wet, and rub in the pattern and direction of the existing surface. Rinse the area thoroughly with water to remove any remaining residue, and pat dry with clean paper towels.

Note: For mirror-polish surfaces, do not use Bar Keeper's Friend or other cleansers that may potentially alter the mirror-polish. Work solely with chloride-free glass cleaners or rubbing alcohol, and non abrasive cloths and pads.

Caution: Never mix cleaning agents or chemicals, the result can be dangerous or deadly. Before cleaning, always test the agent on an inconspicuous location to determine its suitability and to make certain it does not damage the material. Wear appropriate clothing such as gloves and protective eyewear, and work in a well-ventilated area. Accidental inhalation or ingestion of cleaning agents can be hazardous and even fatal, particularly to pets and children.

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