Many of the most stylish kitchens in today’s Burnet rental homes include stainless steel appliances. Irrespective of whether you or your landlord own those appliances, you are responsible for maintaining every appliance in your kitchen. However, with regards to a stainless steel finish, there are a lot of things you need to know to make sure it doesn’t get damaged. To avoid getting scratched, worn, or otherwise damaged stainless steel surfaces, you should use a few basic maintenance tips. In this way, you can guarantee that the stainless steel appliances in your rental home will stay beautiful for several years to come.
Use a Soft Cloth
One of the biggest mistakes people often make is using abrasive sponges or cleaners on their stainless steel surfaces. Stainless steel appliances use a protective layer designed to prevent rust. However, abrasive cleaners, sponges, and brushes will damage that surface, resulting in ugly marks and, eventually, rust spots.
Ideally, pick a microfiber cloth and a gentle cleanser. You can make a safe cleanser yourself using dish soap or white vinegar or purchase a product designed for cleaning stainless steel at your local supermarket. To clean without damage, utilize your ideal cleanser and then wipe gently until the surface is clean and gleaming again.
Wipe with the Grain
Another aspect of stainless steel that many people are ignorant of 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. Before cleaning your stainless steel, check it carefully to see which direction the grain runs, and then wipe gently in the same direction. If you are not sure, consult your user manual, contact the manufacturer, or check a product website to distinguish which direction the grain flows on your specific appliance.
Rinse with Clean Water
Numerous cleaners, even homemade ones, can cause unpleasant 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 provide a dazzling 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 most cases, the longer you allow dirt and grime to remain on your appliance, the more complicated it will be to remove. In addition, as we’ve previously indicated, harsh scrubbing and cleansers will damage your appliance’s protective coating. To ensure the best possible care of your stainless steel appliance, wipe it down frequently and regularly, particularly when a wet spill, splashes, or fingerprints becoming visible.
Stainless steel appliances are a big investment. Therefore, you need to take good care of them. By implementing a few basic tips, you can easily keep your stainless steel appliances clean and beautiful for many generations.
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