Whether you have a little or a lot of the shiny stuff, here’s what experts suggest we do about those fingerprints, and how to care for and clean one of the hardest-working surfaces in the house. Since products containing chloride can be harmful to the protective finish on stainless steel, use the following products for best results;
- Diluted vinegar (for cleaning lime scale)
- Baking soda (to remove coffee deposits)
- Alcoholic solvents, such as acetone (for removing adhesives)
- Chloride-free glass sprays (especially efficient for polished, mirror-like surfaces)
- Commercially manufactured pastes and sprays that specify use on stainless steel
It’s important to note that pastes and sprays meant for cleaning decorative stainless steel elements — refrigerator doors, kitchen backsplashes — should not be used on pots, pans or surfaces where food is prepared. Do not use silver dip polishes, like the ones used for cleaning jewelry, because they are corrosive to stainless steel. For safe care and cleaning, start with the right tools. The European Stainless Steel Development Association, or ESDA, suggests using soft sponges and microfiber cloths as the first line of defense.