Stainless steel looks beautiful but can be tricky to maintain. Check out these six tips below to keep your stainless steel looking like new.

  1. Control knobs: Many people inadvertently forget about hidden grime underneath or behind these. Some knobs require you to pull up gently, releasing the knob from the surface. Cleaning around the knobs creates buildup over time, which can become stuck-on and challenging to remove.
  2. Handles: Since these are used most frequently, they should be wiped weekly. Microfiber cloths are the best type of material to clean handles, as they remove dust without leaving streaks or smears. They also eliminate the need for harsh chemicals in your environment.
  3. Oxidization: Pumice powder mixed with water is a great way to fight stainless steel oxidization. Mix the water and powder to create a paste, apply within the steel grain, and then rinse with warm water. Generally, after an application, cloths are black with soot.
  4. Countertops: Designed to hold up to rough and constant wear and tear, stainless steel is a popular choice of professionals. Avoid using abrasive cleansers; instead, use a drop of dish soap and warm water to keep your counters clean and scratch-free.
  5. Hoods: To prevent a buildup of grease and dust, stainless steel hoods should be cleaned weekly. Cooking grease and dust mix together in the air, land on the hood, becoming difficult to remove. To remove this thick, dusty grease, spray a cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe over the hood. Do not under any circumstances use rubbing alcohol near an open flame, as it is extremely flammable. 
  6. Burns: These marks can be irritating and difficult to remove from your stove. If you have marks that refuse to wipe away, try this simple recipe:

1 cup baking soda

¼ cup lemon juice

3 tablespoons Borax

Club soda (to rinse)

Combine the baking soda, lemon juice, and Borax to make a paste. Use a soft cloth to apply the paste to the entire stained area. Ensure to rub in the same grain direction as the stainless steel. Use the club soda to rinse off, and then wipe dry with a microfiber cloth.

To update any of your kitchen or bath appliances to stainless steel or to get professional recommendations on a remodel, contact the experts at JFC Remodeling today.

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