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How To Clean Mirror-Polish Stainless Steel

Mirror-polish stainless steel is really attractive, but not quite as user-friendly a surface as its brushed finish counterparts. Nevertheless, the care and maintenance of mirror-polish stainless steel just requires a little extra attention and specialized tools. Grades of stainless steel and its response to cleaning techniques and solutions can still vary, so test any process or material in an inconspicuous spot before using on a wider area.

It is especially important for mirror-polish stainless steel that cleaning tools and materials be completely non-abrasive. For regular cleaning, cleansers that are suitable for glass are a good choice - just make sure that they are chloride free, as chlorides are damaging to stainless steel.

Spray the chloride free glass cleaner, or a plain substitute of rubbing alcohol, on a soft non-abrasive cloth or sponge. Rub the cleanser dampened cloth on the stainless steel surface, switching to a clean area of the cloth and using additional cleanser as necessary.

If mirror-polish stainless steel gets scratches, this can be a little more difficult to remedy than it would be in brush-finished surfaces. A mechanized polishing wheel or random orbital sander, and the appropriate graduated buffing pads and polishing compounds (used in progression from rougher to finer, according to the manufacturer's directions) are required. Even then, it may be advisable either to create a brushed finish appearance with the use of a chloride-free cream cleanser and a regular stroke, or if you wish to preserve the mirrored appearance, consult a professional.

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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