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How To Clean Oil & Grease from Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is often chosen for areas in the home and shop that receive heavy use, because it maintains an attractive appearance in the face of a variety of conditions and stains. Oil and grease marks can be a little of a challenge, as once they are lubricated and thinned out by cleaning product they can easily spread and create an unattractive film. Before using the following recommended methods to remedy severe oil and grease marks and greasy film stains from stainless steel, test in an inconspicuous spot before using in a wider area.

Alcohol based products and solvents, such as rubbing alcohol, acetone and others,  won't corrode stainless steel and are suitable choices for removing grease and oil. Use a clean, soft cloth. Dampen a portion of the cloth with rubbing alcohol or other, and apply directly to the stain. Continually move to a clean area of the cloth and a fresh application of rubbing alcohol to aid in stain removal and help prevent the creation of a difficult to remove greasy film. Work gradually in this manner, until the entire stain has been removed.

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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