Nowadays, some of the most elegant kitchens in Davis County rental homes use stainless steel appliances. Whether those appliances are owned by you or your landlord, it is important to care for every appliance in your kitchen. But concerning stainless steel finish, there are several factors to keep in mind to ensure that you don’t damage it. Follow a few basic maintenance tips to avoid having scratched, worn, or otherwise damaged stainless steel surfaces. As a result, you can ensure that the stainless steel appliances in your rental home will stay beautiful for several decades to come.
Use a Soft Cloth
One of the biggest mistakes people often make is using abrasive sponges or cleaners on their stainless steel surfaces. Stainless steel appliances have a protective layer designed to prevent rust. But abrasive cleaners, sponges, and brushes will damage that surface, bringing about unsightly marks and, after some time, rust spots.
As a substitute, use a microfiber cloth and a gentle cleanser. You can make a safe cleanser yourself out of dish soap or white vinegar or acquire a product designed for cleaning stainless steel at the nearest supermarket. To clean without damage, utilize your selected cleanser and then wipe gently until the surface is clean and bright again.
Wipe with the Grain
Another fact about stainless steel that many people don’t recognize is that it has a grain or fine lines in the material. Rubbing or scrubbing across these lines can cause scratches and mar the protective surface. Before cleaning your stainless steel, inspect it thoroughly to see which direction the grain runs and then wipe gently in the same direction. If you’re doubtful, consult your user manual, contact the manufacturer, or check a product website to find out which direction the grain flows on your particular appliance.
Rinse with Clean Water
Lots of cleaners, even homemade ones, can cause an ugly film or residue on a stainless steel surface. For this reason, once you’re done cleaning your appliance, it’s recommended to rinse the surface with clean water. Using a clean microfiber cloth, wet with clean water and wipe down the whole surface of the appliance. This will help prevent damage and leaving a stunning finish.
People often make the mistake with their stainless steel appliances by letting dirt sit for weeks or months before cleaning it off. As a rule, the longer you allow dirt and grime to stay on your appliance, the more challenging it will be to remove. And, as we’ve previously shown, harsh scrubbing and cleansers will damage your appliance’s protective coating. To take the highest quality of care of your stainless steel appliance, wipe it down frequently and regularly, mostly when a wet spill, splashes, or fingerprints become visible.
Stainless steel appliances are a big investment. Therefore, it’s imperative to take good care of them. By using these effective procedures, it is easy to keep your stainless steel appliances looking clean and beautiful for a very long period.
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