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How to clean stainless steel

Stainless steel appliances look stunning in a modern or contemporary kitchen. Their sleek lines add style and elegance to even the smallest kitchen. The only downside of stainless steel is that it tends to show every little bit of grime and grease.


While stainless steel does not stain easily, it's best to clean up spills and marks as quickly as possible. It may still be possible to remove a stain after it sets, but it definitely will require more work and potentially damaging or scratching cleaners.

Keep your stainless steel looking good with these suggestions.

High shine

Remove heavy marks with cream cleaner or a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water paste.

To avoid scratching the surface of stainless steel, never use abrasive cleaners that will damage and dull the surface. Always clean stainless steel with the grain and never scrub in a circular pattern.

Hard water

Discolouration and most marks on stainless steel are caused by water-borne deposits clinging to the surface. Remove lime scale and hard water stains with vinegar or lemon juice. Apply the mixture to the area to be cleaned and gently rub with a cloth.

One of the best ways to keep your stainless steel sink in pristine condition is to clean it with Inox Crème, which can be used daily.

Easy maintenance

To bring out the shine on a stainless steel sink, generously sprinkle either table salt or baking soda into the sink and then use the cut end of half a fresh lemon as a pad. Rinse with hot water and the sink will gleam!

To keep stainless steel appliances looking good, a solution of warm water with a teaspoon of vinegar will take care of grime. Use a microfibre cloth to wipe stainless steel surfaces.