How to Clean Polished Stainless Steel


Stainless steel will thrive if kept clean. You cannot wear out the bright metallic finish. A major cause of stainless steel corroding is from being dirty. The dirt can disrupt the protective chromium oxide that forms on the surface. This oxide is what keeps the stainless steel from rusting or corroding. By following a basic process you can clean the bright finish metal.

Things You'll Need

  • Acetone Clean rags Detergent Bucket Clean water Sponge Scotch-Brite-type pads

Keeping It Clean

  • Remove heavy built-up grease and oil by applying a solvent. Pour a small amount of acetone in a clean rag and wipe the area. The acetone will cut the heavy oils and grease from the surface.

  • Pour a half-cup of the detergent in a plastic bucket and fill with clean water. Apply the mixture to the solvent-treated area using the sponge. This application will wash off any remaining solvent and prevent corrosion. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water.

  • Clean mud, dirt and dust from the stainless by using warm water and a sponge. A simple wiping with water will bring a polished surface back to looking new again. Thoroughly rinse the area with fresh water.

  • Use the Scotch-Brite-type cleaning pads to remove heavy food or stains from the stainless finish. The pad can also be used to remove large scratches from a polished surface. Move the pad in small circular motions with plenty of water. The slight abrasive pad and circular movement will cover the surface with abrasions and hide a deep scratch.

Tips & Warnings

  • Improper removal of cleaners or solvents will cause the stainless steel to corrode. Use plenty of fresh water for rinsing. Highly polished or mirrorlike finishes will become scratched if an abrasive cleaner is used. The same scratched finish will occur when using any type of cleaning pad that contains an abrasive.

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