Many of the most beautiful kitchens in today’s Hanover County rental homes showcase stainless steel appliances. Whether those appliances have belonged to you or your landlord, it is your task to take care of every appliance in your kitchen. But when it comes to a stainless steel finish, there are a few things you need to know to guarantee that you don’t damage it. Avoid ending up with scratched, worn, or otherwise damaged stainless steel surfaces by following a few simple maintenance tips. In doing so, you can ensure that the stainless steel appliances in your rental home will stay beautiful for numerous years to come.
Use a Soft Cloth
One of the biggest mistakes people often make is applying 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, leading to unpleasant marks and, sooner or later, rust spots.
Instead, go for a microfiber cloth and a gentle cleanser. You can make a safe cleanser yourself out of dish soap or white vinegar or buy a product designed for cleaning stainless steel at your local store. To clean without damage, apply your cleanser of choice and then wipe gently until the surface is clean and shiny once more.
Wipe with the Grain
One other thing that many people don’t know anything about stainless steel 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. Instead of cleaning your stainless steel, examine it closely to determine which direction the grain runs and then wipe gently in the same direction. If you’re not sure, consult your user manual, contact the manufacturer, or check a product website to determine which direction the grain flows on your individual appliance.
Rinse with Clean Water
Numerous cleaners, even homemade ones, can leave an unsightly film or residue on a stainless steel surface. That is why once you are finished cleaning your appliance, it’s important to rinse the surface with clean water. Using a clean microfiber cloth, wet with clean water and wipe down the entire surface of the appliance. This will help prevent damage and leave a gleaming finish.
People often make the last mistake with their stainless steel appliances by letting dirt sit for a long time before cleaning it off. As a rule, the longer you allow dirt and grime to sit on your appliance, the more difficult it will be to remove. And, as we’ve already seen, harsh scrubbing and cleansers will damage your appliance’s protective coating. To take the best possible care of your stainless steel appliance, wipe it down frequently and regularly, especially after a wet spill, splashes, or fingerprints becoming visible.
Stainless steel appliances are a big investment. That’s why it’s important to take good care of them. By following these simple steps, it is possible to keep your stainless steel appliances clean and beautiful for a very long time.
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