Many of the most beautiful kitchens in today’s Pocatello rental homes feature stainless steel appliances. Regardless of whether those appliances belong to you or your landlord, it is your responsibility to protect every appliance in your kitchen. However, with regards to a stainless steel finish, there are a couple of things you need to know to guarantee that you don’t damage it. To prevent scratched, worn, or otherwise damaged stainless steel surfaces, you need to follow a few basic maintenance tips. Therefore, you can guarantee that the stainless steel appliances in your rental home will stay beautiful for many generations to follow.
Use a Soft Cloth
One of the biggest mistakes people often make is utilizing abrasive sponges or cleaners on their stainless steel surfaces. Stainless steel appliances have a protective layer designed to prevent rust. However, abrasive cleaners, sponges, and brushes will damage that surface, resulting in unpleasant marks and, sooner or later, rust spots.
As an alternative, choose a microfiber cloth and a gentle cleanser. You can make a safe cleanser yourself using dish soap or white vinegar or buy a product designed for cleaning stainless steel from a nearby shop. To clean without damage, use the cleanser you choose and then wipe gently until the surface is clean and glossy once again.
Wipe with the Grain
Many individuals are also unaware that stainless steel has a grain or fine lines in the material. Rubbing or scrubbing across these lines can cause scratches and mar the protective surface. Prior to cleaning your stainless steel, inspect it thoroughly to figure out which direction the grain runs and then wipe gently in the same direction. In case you don’t know, consult your user manual, contact the manufacturer, or check a product website to find out which direction the grain flows on your specific appliance.
Rinse with Clean Water
Most cleaners, even homemade ones, can leave an unsightly film or residue on a stainless steel surface. That is the reason whenever you are done cleaning your appliance, it’s advisable 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 produce a glossy finish.
People often make the last mistake with their stainless steel appliances by letting dirt sit for a long time before cleaning it off. In general, the longer you allow dirt and grime to stay on your appliance, the more difficult it will be to remove. What is more, as we’ve already seen, harsh scrubbing and cleansers will damage your appliance’s protective coating. To take the appropriate treatment of your stainless steel appliance, wipe it down frequently and regularly, particularly when a wet spill, splashes, or fingerprints become visible.
Stainless steel appliances are a big investment. That is why it is essential to take good care of them. By implementing these basic guidelines, you can easily keep your stainless steel appliances clean and beautiful for a great many years.
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