Cleaning Stainless Steel: What Works?

February 22, 20132 comments

Every time we shoot photography with kitchen appliances involved, there’s a discussion about what cleaners to use on stainless steel. Everyone has their own opinion, but after trying several options, we come to the conclusion that stainless steel needs a dedicated stainless steel cleanser.

Diagram Credit: Stainless Steel Industry of America

According to the Stainless Steel Industry of America, fingerprints and smears could be cleaned with water and a soft cloth. If you need more cleansing, see the chart attached for actual product recommendations.

The key to cleaning stainless is to remember that it is a metal surface that is subject to corrosion and scratching. There are a lot of cleansers that could scratch the surface of the stainless. Make sure to look for nonabrasive cleansers and use a sponge or nonabrasive cloth for cleaning.

A lot of cleansers need to be applied to the cloth and not directly to the surface of the stainless to avoid corrosion. Some cleansers will deface or mar the surface of the stainless steel leaving a sort of ghosted film. Stay away from any cleaning agents with chloride and when possible rinse the stainless steel with water after cleaning.


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  1. cleaning Oahu Reply

    Very informative. Learning the proper way of cleaning our stainless steelware can help us maintain its beauty. These guidelines will make us more confident that we are doing the right thing.

  2. M Victoria Reply

    Most kitchen appliances and equipments are made of stainless steel which require regular cleaning. The information you provided is a great resource on what are the best cleaning solutions to use depending on the type of dirt or stain. Homeowners will surely be delighted with these useful ideas. Thank you for posting.

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