Written by Melody Thacker, Independent Watkins Associate on February 27, 2007
The most common and popular finish for large and small appliances, cookware, utensils and sinks these days is stainless steel. It’s easy to clean and looks great with almost any decore. Here are a few tips to easily keep your stainless sparkling clean and shiny!
To clean your stainless steel sink use olive oil on a cloth and dry with a clean cloth. Make a paste with baking soda and Watkins degreaser, rub gently to remove stains and hard water spots. Wipe up any water spots which may form mineral spots.
To remove stains from your cookware try using club soda, or apply vinegar to remove spots and stains from your utensils and cutlery. Rinse and dry well.
To clean large appliances, like refrigerators or counter tops try using glass cleaner or a mild spray and wipe cleaner.
To remove labels from new stainless steel appliances soak the item in warm water; or lay a soapy wet cloth over the label, let it soak then rub it off with the cloth.
To remove grease from your cookware or appliances, clean using a mixture of Watkins degreaser and warm water.
Here are some tips to avoid damaging to your stainless steel items:
- Don’t use steel wool or abrasives to clean them.
- Don’t leave stainless steel cookware on extremely high heat as this will cause discoloration.
- Do rinse off acid or salty foods if the item is not going to be washed immediately.
There are many special stainless steel cleaning products available on the market today, but your regular cleaning supplies will work just as well with out any added expense. A little tender loving care will ensure all of your stainless steel appliances, cookware and peripherals continue to sparkle for years to come.