In Virginia Woolf’s classic novel Mrs. Dalloway, the titular Clarissa Dalloway spends a great deal of the book preparing for a dinner party. While the novel itself is a marvelous example of the sort of exploration of interiority and the subjective nature of meaning which was so much a part of the Modernist movement, Clarissa Dalloway’s actions could today be classified as a form of interior design—and, as with any good interior designer, she wants things to be eye-catching and fresh while not being gaudy. Stainless steel serves this purpose nicely; it’s no surprise, then, that most modern homes and kitchens feature stainless steel in some capacity. Whether you use it for decorating, counter tops, or if you simply happen to own some stainless steel pots and pans, however, chances are the issue of cleaning will eventually come up for, despite its name, stainless steel isn’t always the easiest thing to clean.
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Here, then, are a few tips and tricks of the trade to leave your stainless steel spotless and gleaming once again.
One fairly obvious approach to the problem of cleaning your stainless steel is detergent. If you’re dealing with something such as a pot, pan, or utensils, you’ll want to soak the besmirched items in warm water before adding the detergent. The time spent soaking can vary to a large degree depending on the nature of both the item you’re soaking and the stain you’re trying to remove. Once you’re satisfied with the job this has done, you’ll want to next begin lightly scrubbing the item with a damp cloth, or something similar. It’s important to note that if you’re scrubbing something that’s stainless steel that has a finish—such as a counter top—you’ll want to scrub with the finish, rather than against it, so as to avoid scratching or otherwise damaging the finish.
After you’ve applied detergent, you may wish to polish your stainless steel counter top or cookware. Olive oil can make for a remarkable (and low-cost) polishing agent under these conditions. A tablespoon or two should do—dab it on another rag, and buff the surface of the stainless steel item. You can find more specific steps and pictures by reading this article.
This method can be especially useful when dealing with stainless steel sinks. After you’ve washed away the residue of the detergent and any food particles, coat the inside of your sink with a mixture of baking soda and water, leave the sink to dry, and add a good amount of flour to the mix. After that, it’s just a matter of dampening another rag and setting to work cleaning and buffing the surface of your sink again. While this may take more time than other methods, this can be more than justified by virtue of your having successfully cleaned and polished your stainless steel sink with mere household items and without having to go out and spend a fortune on some expensive buffing agent out there.
These methods are intended for mostly mild to moderate stains.