Before You Buy Stainless Steel Cleaner

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Many companies have developed special cleaners to be used on stainless steel surfaces but choices can be confusing because they make so many claims about their products. Here is what you need to know before you buy a stainless steel cleaner.

Try Easier Cleaning Options for Stainless Steel

Try using just plain water and a clean cloth. If that isn't as effective, try a mild detergent like dish soap. Glass cleaner can be great to remove smudges and fingerprints. Try easy and less risky methods first. You may find you don't need a separate stainless steel cleaner or only need to use it rarely.

Read the directions for cleaner thoroughly: Read the directions before using. Even if the directions do not say so, it is a good idea to try the product in a hidden spot first, so that you can see the results. The directions will also give you a better idea of how much of the cleaner you will need to use to see great results.

Check the ingredients in the cleaner: Make sure that the cleaner contains no chlorine. Chlorine is a natural enemy to stainless steel and came damage the surface easily. A better ingredient choice is ammonia. Cleaners with abrasive ingredients can scratch and damage the finish of your stainless steel. Check out other methods to clean stainless steel, and to test new products in a hidden spot to be sure of your results.​

Don't Blame the Stainless Steel Cleaner

Water with mineral deposits (hard water) can cause staining and water spots to form on stainless steel. Always remember to dry your stainless steel surfaces with a towel after rinsing. When these areas form, people usually suspect the cleaner, but it ​may be water that is the culprit.