Stainless steel is a smart choice for homeowners, especially at this modern age when all things are considered not only by function and durability, but by appearances as well. Smooth, cool and with a sophisticated sheen, this durable metal is present in all sides of our home, from kitchen utensils to light fixtures.
However, like all appliances, stainless steel will eventually go dull and would need polishing. Dirt and grime can cling to it, making a house owner’s worst nightmare- but fortunately, many cleaners, both chemical and natural exist to solve such problems.
Cleaners come in various forms, from creams, pastes and to spray on cleaners; these are readily available in grocers or home improvement stores to satisfy public demand. Sprays are usually sprayed on, and then wiped off to remove fresh grease or dirt while creams come in either tubes or bottles. The can be left on longer than sprays and are used on tougher stains on delicate appliances. Liquid cleaners come in pump bottles. Cleaning wipes can also be bought and are very convenient, but clean cotton fabrics may also work.
Cleaning and polishing may be tricky at first, but with the help of cleaners and proper buffing on the home owner’s part, it is very possible. To attain that smooth finish, test out the cleaner first on an inconspicuous area and buff it until you see your desired result. For most shiny surfaces, you may also coat it with wax or polish after cleaning to preserve that look. Of course, the cleaning cloth is a big factor in the shine. Not only must it be clean, but it must also be made from non-abrasive material, such as cotton and rubbed with moderate pressure.
Be careful when wiping or scrubbing, as wiping against the chrome coating might ruin the finish and your nails may dent the items. It is always advised to use stronger agents instead of stronger force to deal with difficult stains. Stainless steel polish, unlike common household cleaning agents like water and soap, will not leave water marks and streaks. These marks form as water evaporates, leaving the minerals dissolved in it on the appliance’s surface. Good stainless steel cleaners have no residue and will jot leave unwanted marks when they dry. More things to avoid are steel brushes and chemicals with chlorine, as they leave abrasions.
Once marks and dents re present in your stainless steel items, rust will appear, making the appliance look unsightly. This will also corrode the metal, making it unusable in the next years. So when shopping for cleaning materials, it is important to remember that although many options are available, the home owner must make an effort to choose what’s best for the long term condition of these appliances.
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