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Video:5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Stainless Steel

with Debbie Anderson

Clean stainless steel properly by avoiding these 5 common mistakes. Watch this helpful video to keep your stainless steel sparkling clean.See Transcript

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Transcript:5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Stainless Steel

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! Cleaning stainless steel incorrectly can cause damage to it, or make it look dull overtime. So today I'm going to show you five common mistakes to avoid when cleaning your stainless steel.

Avoid Using Cleaners That Scratch Stainless Steel

First, avoid using abrasive cleaners that can scratch the surface and always start your cleaning process with the least risky way of cleaning stainless steel by using water and a soft microfiber cloth. Now, if the grime and dirt still won't go away, only then use more powerful cleaning methods, such as liquid dish detergents or stainless steel cleaners until the spots or stains are removed from your stainless steel.

Next, always remember to rinse your stainless steel to remove any gritty or dirty water, or any residue left behind by your cleaning solutions because leaving this grit and dirty residue behind on your stainless steel can cause a dull or damaged looking finish.

Never Use Cleaners Containing Chlorine on Stainless Steel

Next, avoid using common household cleaners that have chlorine in them, such as bleach, and this will also help unwanted spots or corrosion from forming on the stainless steel surfaces.When it comes to choosing a cleaning pad sponge, rag, or brush to scourer away those dirty spots on your stainless steel, always use a microfiber cloth to clean and polish stainless steel and avoid using products, such as, steel wool or steel brushes, because these types of scrubbing devices can leave small particles in the surface of the stainless steel that can cause your stainless steel to rust or stain overtime.

Dry Stainless Steel Completely

Finally, it's important to note that the minerals in water, especially hard water, can leave spotting and staining on stainless steel surfaces. So, it's always best to remember to completely towel dry your stainless steel items after rinsing the cleaner off of the surface as a way to prevent unwanted corrosion spots and rust stains from forming on your stainless steel.

Now, by following these tips on how to avoid the five most common stainless steel cleaning mistakes, you';re sure to have beautiful stainless steel for many years to come!

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