The most important thing to consider when you start to clean the stainless steel work surface on your kitchen island is what you should not do. Many popular cleaning products can damage the finish on stainless steel, and plain water may leave unattractive spots and blotches if not used carefully. In spite of the name, stainless steel can stain and it will stain, so in cleaning stainless steel surfaces, there are items and methods to avoid:
- Chlorine bleach or products containing chloride
- Oven cleaners
- Steel wool, steel brushes, or abrasive scrubbing pads they will scratch or leave residues of small fragments that can rust.
- Abrasive cleaners
- Gritty, dirty, or very hard water, as it may leave stains or brown spots
- and finally, do not allow liquids to stay on the work surface for prolonged periods of time
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That’s a great deal of what not to do and it can be frustrating; however, there are a few quite simple things to do to clean a stainless steel work table with sink.
Always follow the care and cleaning and instructions in your owners manual diligently. Some new stainless steel items are treated with a clear-coat finish at the factory, and some cleaning products might strip or damage the finish.
An important habit to get used to is wiping your work surface with a damp, soapy washcloth every time you do the dishes. Rinse the washcloth with clean water and wipe again to remove all the soap; then use a terrycloth towel to wipe it dry.
- Before you begin cleaning, make sure the stainless steel surface is cool to the touch.
- Remove food particles and dirt or other foreign matter from the work surface as soon as food preparation is complete, as keeping stainless steel clean will assist in deterring bacterial growth.
- Starting at one side of the work surface, wipe in the direction of the stainless steel grain, and work your way to the other side.
- For grease or heavier grime, use a nylon scrubber and a mild detergent with hot water. Rinse the surface thoroughly and dry with a lint-free towel to prevent water spots.
- For tough stains, make a paste of baking soda and liquid dish soap and gently scrub with the nylon scrubber or a soft toothbrush. If some stains remain, use undiluted vinegar and scrub gently with a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a lint-free towel.
- To preserve a lustrous finish, you can also buff your work surface with a high-quality stainless steel polish, lemon oil, or silicone-based spray. Apply the polish in the direction of the grain with a lint-free cloth; buff the surface, and then dry with another lint-free cloth.
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There are many non-abrasive cleaners and polishes designed specifically for stainless steel surfaces. A very good one is 3M professional grade, but there are other good quality brands as well, such as Bar Keepers Friend, Cerama Bryte, Sprayway, and Weiman. And be sure to always test a new cleaner on a hidden place before using on the top surface.
So, by following these tips you can preserve the fine craftsmanship of your kitchen island and the stainless steel work surface. Preventing stains and scratches and keeping it shiny and clean will enhance the glow of the stainless steel and give a bright atmosphere to your kitchen.