You probably have stainless steel appliances all over in your kitchen - stainless steel fridges, dishwashers and ovens which come to you in glorious mint condition, sparkling with a pristine gleam that is sure to stand the test of time. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case, and you are often met with lackluster cooktops thanks to grubby fingers, water drips and occasional accidents, and you have no idea how to clean a stainless steel cook top.
To add insult to injury, the only way to restore the stainless steel seems to be those harsh chemical cleaning products advertised all over the media - promising to return your stainless steel appliances to their shiny robot-like origins. Needless to say, they are too expensive and potentially too toxic for a toddler-filled house.
Worry not, for here we are to save the day. The whole process is in fact pretty simple and shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes.
Much like wood, steel tops also have a grain. Grain refers to the very faint striations that are often detected as general ‘roughness’ if stroked in a certain direction. Oftentimes, though, the grain can also be detected by observing the vertically or horizontally running streaks. Normally, an entire sheet of steel will have a unidirectional grain.
Also, most appliances have other steel plates attached - these include handles and knobs. They may have a different grain, so watch out for that when you start cleaning.
Technically speaking, your appliance won’t be ruined if you don’t clean along the grain depending on what you are using, but it’s usually easier to cause scratches if you don’t follow the grain. The dirt may also sink deeper into the tiny invisible crevices of the grain. For the optimal shine, it’s best to go along with the grain.
In order to get underway cleaning stainless steel appliances, you are going to need a few tools in your arsenal. Ensure you get the best stainless steel appliance cleaners you can get, not that they cost much anyway. They may just be lying around your house.
Mild soap can be quite loveable and is really amazing for fighting off stubborn grime off of dishes, and stainless steel appliances. This is where the actual work begins; cleaning excess oils off the steel, and makes the next step even more enjoyable and rewarding.
This is the part where you see all your hard work finally pay off.
The last step is to actually sit back and enjoy looking at the now spotless steel equipment.
General tips to clean stainless steel appliances
At this point, your stainless steel should once again be stainless.
Don’t forget to toss that rag in the washer!
Now that you know how to clean a stainless steel cooktop surface, and are the proud owner of a clean-as-new appliance, you should know how to maintain it.
You can follow the same procedure for your steel furniture or infrared sauna unit too and make it as good as new. It is so easy to clean your stainless steel appliances. Try it!