How to clean stainless steel

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How do you clean stainless steel?
In order to ensure that maximum corrosion resistance and aesthetic appeal of the stainless steel is at its best then the surface must be kept clean but this is dependent on whether or not the grade of the stainless steel and the surface finish are correctly selected. The most common myth about stainless steel is as a result of its name it does actually stain without regular cleaning. That’s why it becomes important that a regular cleaning routine is adopted which then will ensure good performance, long service life and will obviously keep the aesthetic appeal and look good.
There are a number of factors which may well affect stainless steel; if surface contamination is suspected, immediate cleaning will be required. In applications such as in the catering industry it is important that cleanliness is always maintained as with medical applications too. Higher levels of cleanliness in such industries will be required which brings about the question:
How often should I clean stainless steel?
A question which we are asked regularly; the answer is that the frequency is dependent upon the application of the stainless steel. One unwritten rule is to clean the stainless steel when it first appears dirty rather than leaving it to worsen. Stainless Steel repairs itself by the oxidation process a build-up of dirt and grime may prevent this. In commercial kitchens the cleaning process will be carried out daily.
Can you damage stainless steel by cleaning ?
The simple answer is yes, care must be taken when selecting both cleaning chemicals and cloths. For routine cleaning a soft cloth, with soap, detergent or diluted ammonia (1%) is suitable. For more stubborn stains mild non scratching creams can be used. Care should be taken not to use abrasives which could scratch, as equally important is ensuring that you do not use chloride containing chemicals and detergents. After cleaning it is always recommended that you rinse with clean water. Always check the suitability of any household detergents and remember you cannot wear out stainless steel by too much cleaning. The most common damage to stainless steel is by using strong Chlorides often found in bleaches.
There are now many common cleaning products for stainless steel that help to maintain and enhance but often soapy water is the first process in the roll of cleaning stainless steel.
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