We all want the kind of stainless steel you can see your reflection in. Getting it? Well, that's a different story. Grime, fingerprints and dust mean our stainless steel is often a far-cry from the shining silver surfaces pictured in the interior design magazines - sigh.
All is not lost, however. Today we're going to be showing you how to clean stainless steel - including your kitchen sink, appliances and more! Once you have a few stainless steel cleaning tips under your belt, keeping surfaces spotless will be surprisingly easy.
How to clean stainless steel
1. Find the direction of the grain
In order to clean your stainless steel effectively, you should first find the direction of the grain. Get a little closer to your stainless steel, and try and find faint lines on the surfaces that all run in the same direction - this is the direction of grain.
By cleaning along the grain rather than against it, you'll achieve much better results.
2. How to remove limescale & tannin stains from stainless steel
If you live in a hard-water area and have a stainless steel kitchen sink, chances are the solutions above will do very little. Unsightly tannin stains can also pose a problem.
There are many products on the market that are extremely effective at removing limescale, but there's also a homemade solution that works wonders.
Make a natural & easy stainless steel cleaner for your dirty sink today to blast away limescale the natural way.
3. How to remove fingerprints from stainless steel
The best solution for removing fingerprints from stainless steel is a household glass cleaner. Spray the chosen product onto a microfibre cloth, then wipe in a circular motion to remove marks.
4. How to shine stainless steel
If you've got family or friends coming round and want to get the house looking more spotless than ever, shining stainless steel will add the final flourish.
The secret ingredient for our stainless steel polish is olive oil. You don't need much - just a drop on a soft cleaning cloth. Massage into the surface in a circular motion, then lightly wipe off any excess with kitchen roll.
The best stainless steel cleaners
1. Water & cloth
If you give your stainless steel regular attention, it won't need much cleaning at all. In fact, providing you don't live in a hard-water area, often all you need is some warm water and a cloth.
This method is particularly effective for stainless steel surfaces that don't come into contact with much dirt - drawer handles for example. For best results, use a microfiber cloth.
2. Dish soap & water
To clean stainless steel appliances, something more powerful may be needed. Again, there's no need to reach straight for a cleaning product - a diluted solution of washing up liquid and hot water will do wonders on greasy surfaces.
3. White Vinegar
For fans of natural cleaning, distilled white vinegar is a very effective method for cleaning stainless steel.
Just pour it into a spray bottle, spray all over the appliance or surface and wipe clean with kitchen roll or a dry cloth.
4. Stainless steel cleaning products
If you'd rather not mess about, there are many products on the market that are specifically designed for cleaning stainless steel.
They can be very effective and powerful, but they're full of chemicals so be sure to read the instructions before you start.
Never use bleach on stainless steel or chrome, as it could damage the finish.
I can't wait to get me stainless steel sparkling. Do you have any of your own helpful cleaning tips to share?