How to clean your stainless steel...
Stainless steel can be found in most kitchens, as the sleek lines and reflective surfaces add a touch of style, as well as practicality. Combine this with the fact that it doesn’t stain, corrode or rust and you can see why it has become so popular. However, there has always been one big problem with stainless steel – how to keep it clean.....
Like any reflective surface, stainless steel shows up even the slightest finger, grease or dirt mark. Over the years, there have been endless ‘solutions’ for cleaning stainless steel, including soap and water, vinegar, lemon juice, window cleaning sprays, various chemicals, furniture polish and even baby oil!
However, there is only one really simple solution to cleaning stainless steel – an e-cloth and water. e-cloths are recommended and endorsed by over 20 stainless steel appliance manufacturers, including Neff, Miele, Franke, Smeg and Electrolux. Why do so many manufacturers recommend using e-cloths to clean stainless steel? The answer is – they work.
How to clean stainless steel with an e-cloth
- Wet the Stainless Steel Cloth thoroughly and wring out.
- Wipe the striped side along the grain on brushed stainless steel; use the smooth side on polished stainless steel.
- Finish with the dry Glass & Polishing Cloth.
Why do e-cloths work so well on stainless steel?
Stainless steel is a reflective surface that shows up even the smallest of imperfections. Traditional cleaning techniques involve spraying a cleaning product onto the surface and then, using a cloth, wiping the product from the surface. This often leaves streaks and smears, as the cloth does not remove everything from the surface. These streaks then attract even more dirt and dust.
e-cloths contain millions of tiny fibres that pick up and lock in dirt, grease and bacteria from the surface, leaving it completely clean, as it was designed to be. Therefore, there is nothing for any more dirt or dust to cling to and the stainless steel stays cleaner for longer.
Despite the name, stainless steel is not fully stain-proof, most notably under low oxygen, high salinity, or when a corrosive cleaner is used. As e-cloths clean using just water there is nothing that can damage the surface – another reason why so many appliance manufacturers recommend using e-cloths.