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How To Clean Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a great material for objects, fixtures and appliances that get heavy use. It is durable, easy to restore to a great appearance, and simple to disinfect for a healthy household. Stainless steel is most commonly found in sinks, but these methods can be adapted for any stainless steel surface. To help ensure the best possible results, all methods and cleaning materials should be tested in an inconspicuous area first before using on a wider area.

Clear the sink or other stainless steel surface of any loose debris. Use a clean sponge soaked with water to thoroughly wet the surface. After the surface has been thoroughly wet down, sprinkle the surface with a powdered cleanser that's appropriate for use on stainless steel. Bon Ami is an effective choice, particularly for those are looking for more natural options. Whichever product you choose, don't use too much of it - a little will often go a long way, and extra product will just be harder to rinse away. It can be more effective to use a small amount, and repeat the process if necessary, rather than starting with a large amount of product right away. Avoid allowing the product to sit. Using the clean sponge wet with water, begin scrubbing the areas that have been wet down and sprinkled with Bar Keeper's Friend right away, along the direction of the finish. Rinse the sink thoroughly with water to remove loosened soil and any cleaner residue. Pat dry with paper towels. If a little light soil remains, repeat the cleaning process. Persistent stains may require more vigorous treatment with a stronger cleaner like Bar Keeper's Friend (which contains oxalic acid), or specific methods described in other articles in this section.

When the sink has been cleaned to your satisfaction, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry with clean paper towels. Rinsing the sink well and toweling it dry after each use is a good maintenance tip as well. For added conditioning, you can dampen a corner of a clean paper towel or soft cloth with a small amount of olive oil, and buff lightly into the stainless steel surface.

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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