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Care & Maintenance
Stainless steel is known for its ability to be a clean surface that resists corrosion and rust. Because of this stainless steel is a popular choice in kitchens and outdoors. Dirt, dust and grime, however, put stainless steel at risk for corrosion and rust. Luckily, it responds well to cleaning, as long as certain rules are followed. In general, you want to start with the basics, and work your way up from there as needed.
1. Water and a cloth.
Routine cleaning can be accomplished by using warm water and a cloth. This is the least risky option for cleaning stainless steel, and honestly just plain water works to clean in most situations. Dry with a towel or cloth to prevent water spots. This is really important, since minerals in water can leave marks on stainless steel. Wipe in the directions of the polish lines for best and most beautiful results. Microfiber cleaning cloths can be a great option to use when cleaning stainless steel because they do a great job of absorbing all of the water without scratching the surface.
Forget about pricey products specifically designed for stainless, and grab your WD-40 from the utility closet. It will remove and repel fingerprints, watermarks, and stains. Just be sure to wipe away excess with a cloth. Hold the can of WD-40 8 to 10 inches away from the stainless steel. Push down on the nozzle head to spray the chemical. Coat the steel, but avoid using so much WD-40 that it pools or runs off the surface of the metal. Leave the spray sitting on the surface of the steel for 10 to 15 minutes. Clean the WD-40 off the surface of the steel using a clean cloth. Rub using a circular motion to buff and clean the metal at the same time.