Cleaning Stainless Steel: What Works?
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.
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.