Whether the refrigerator, the cooker, the extractor hood, pots, cutlery or the dishwasher, there is something made of stainless steel in almost every household. However, it is not so easy to clean this metal without streaks and streaks. That is why I will show you today how you can properly clean stainless steel, what you should pay attention to and which home remedies have proven their worth when cleaning stainless steel surfaces.
Stainless steel surfaces
They are becoming increasingly popular, which is understandable. After all, stainless steel surfaces are easy to keep clean, hygienic, and durable and with their metallic effect they are a real eye-catcher. But the refrigerators and extractor hoods made of stainless steel have a decisive disadvantage:
You can see every fingerprint.
The fine kitchen front is quickly covered with greasy prints, and if you don’t know how to properly clean your stainless steel surfaces, the noble shine will soon be gone.
Clean stainless steel properly
The biggest enemy of our stainless steel surfaces, besides streaks and stripes, are the particularly lousy scratches, because they ensure that the fridge and the sink look worn out quickly. Therefore, the primary goal when cleaning stainless steel is to avoid scratches. For this reason, I recommend a soft microfiber cloth for cleaning such sensitive surfaces.
This has a particularly fine surface and leaves no scratches. Often it is enough to moisten the cloth and wipe it over the stainless steel surface. We come to the individual cleaning agents a little further down in the article.
Matt / brushed stainless steel
Brushed stainless steel in particular is a little tricky, because the matt effect should be retained. This arises from the grinding technology during manufacture. It is therefore advisable to wipe and clean these surfaces with the direction of grinding. This way, the matt effect is retained for a long time.
Classic stainless steel cleaner
Now we come to the cleaning agents that can be used. First there are the classic stainless steel cleaners that you can often order from the manufacturers of your kitchen or household appliances. Whether they are absolutely necessary or whether they are better than a classic home remedy remains to be seen. That’s why I want to show you classic means that everyone has in the household that are just as good.
Clean pans, pots and cutlery made of stainless steel
Particularly important to know: Stainless steel should also remain rust-free. However, this is not guaranteed if the surface is damaged. Therefore, pans, pots and cutlery made of stainless steel should not be cleaned with steel wool. If you have heavily burnt-in residues, it is recommended to simply soak the cookware or cutlery in warm soapy water for 20 minutes and you can easily remove them with a soft cloth.
If lime scale has formed on our beautiful stainless steel surfaces, it can be removed with a very simple household remedy, namely a 25 percent vinegar solution. You can easily make them yourself. You only need:
- Vinegar essence,
- Measuring cup,
For this 25 percent vinegar solution, you mix a proportion of 25% vinegar essence with 75% water. The easiest way is with a measuring cup.
If we assume that we want to produce 100 ml of such a vinegar solution, for example, then we need the following quantities: 100 ml = 100% – 25 ml = 25% vinegar essence – 75 ml = 75% water.
With this mixing ratio, you then have a cleaning agent to remove limescale deposits on stainless steel surfaces. After you have removed the lime, be sure to wipe it dry with a soft cloth to avoid streaks and streaks.
Never use scouring milk
What you should never use to clean stainless steel are too harsh cleaning agents and those with cleaning particles, such as scouring milk. These leave the finest scratches on the surface after each cleaning process, which quickly makes them look unsightly and also damages them.
Tea and coffee stains on stainless steel
For tea and coffee stains on stainless steel, I recommend using two classic home remedies:
Baking soda and baking soda
Remove tea stains: Soda dissolves the tannin (plant tannins) contained in the tea. The home remedy is used like any other cleaning agent. First, we have a manufacture Natronpaste.
Mix 1 tablespoon of water with 3 tablespoons of baking soda. You apply this paste to the surfaces to be cleaned and let it act for 2 minutes. Then remove with a damp cloth and rinse with clear water. At the end, we use a microfiber cloth to polish the surface and the stainless steel surface shines like new again.
Remove coffee stains: Coffee stains can be tackled with baking soda. The procedure is similar to that of the above treatment with baking soda.
Mix 3 tablespoons of hot water with 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Apply this liquid to the stainless steel surface, leave to work for about 15 minutes and then remove with a soft cloth and rinse with clear water. Then rub dry with a microfiber cloth and polish.
Simple home remedies to clean and polish stainless steel
There are various household remedies that are perfect for cleaning and polishing stainless steel. But with some you should consider a few things in the application so that you don’t have more work afterwards.
- Dishwashing liquid
Detergent is ideal to remove stains and dirt. Simply put a few drops either directly on the stainless steel surface or in a soft cloth and use it to clean the surface. Then rinse with clear water and wipe dry.
- Cooking oil for polishing
Cooking oil can be used to polish stainless steel and make it shine again. Simply put some oil on a soft cloth and polish the objects with it. But be careful: Make absolutely sure that any residues are removed. Otherwise there may be unsightly incrustations, which are then even more difficult to remove.
- Polishing with WD40
Some people know WD40 from the workshop. A penetrating oil that can be used for polishing stainless steel, among other things. It has the advantage that it does not resinify and therefore does not leave any residues on the metal surfaces.
- Cleaning the extractor hood with oily baby wipes
A stainless steel extractor hood can be wonderfully cleaned of fat with moist, oily baby wipes. Simply take one of the damp cloths to clean the hood and then wipe it briefly with a dry cloth. The stainless steel extractor hood shines like new.
Stainless steel care
There are care products that have been specially developed for stainless steel and form a protective film on the surface. This means that no new fingerprints are created for the time being. Depending on the intensity of use, this can then remain so for at least a few days to even weeks. The only disadvantage here, this stainless steel care is not suitable for pans, pots or cutlery made of stainless steel. Here you have to come up with something else. These products are approved for stainless steel care in the food-related area, but not for direct contact.