Stainless steel has an interesting way of conjuring up very specific ideas and themes in our minds: professional, clean, precise, efficient ... ironically, everything a DeLorean isn't, despite being the only stainless-steel vehicle ever mass-produced.Thankfully (and unsurprisingly), stainless steel is much more useful around the house than it is on a car, even if it is a time-traveling car. Appliances, sinks
, counters, cookware
and many other items are greatly enhanced when they're crafted of stainless steel. It's tough, looks great and is really easy to clean - if
you know what you're doing.Keep these tips in mind and you'll never lose your stainless steal appeal:
- Regular Cleaning: A bit of soap and warm water will do the trick when it comes to fresh spills and water spots.
- Fingerprints: Smudges are more or less unavoidable if you own a stainless-steel counter, fridge or other kitchen appliance. The good news is that they're easy to clean with soap and water. If they do get stubborn, you can kick things up a notch with organic solvent, acetone or even a dab of olive oil on a paper towel.
- Oil or grease: Fat-based gunk and funk are a feature of any well-used kitchen. Soften any caked-on places with ammonia, wash with some acetone or alcohol, and rinse well with warm water.
- Tough Stains: It seems like it shouldn't be, but there are worse things out there than grease. For really troublesome spots you may have to employ a specialty stainless-steel cleaner like Flitz® and scrub it with a clean rag. Follow that up with a quick rinse-and-dry and you should be all set.
- Cookware Stains: Water and/or food + excessive heat = stains. This equation is absolute and irrefutable. To subtract the damage from your pots and pans soak them in warm water and baking soda, then wash it as you normally would.
- Avoiding Dull Moments: Stainless steel begins its life shining as brightly as a Hollywood star, but just like those celebrities it will start to fade over time. Instead of Botox or silicone, give your stainless steel a little shot of vinegar and it will be shining again in no time.
WARNING: Never use steel wool, abrasive cleaning powders like Comet® or anything else that may scratch your stainless steel to clean it. Scrubbing pads are okay as long as they don't contain steel, and many of them do, so just keep your eye on what kind you use.Although uncommon, it should be noted that without regular cleaning mineral deposits can accumulate on stainless steel and really jack it up, particularly when it comes to cookware. If this happens fill the pot/pan with water and vinegar and boil it. Let the item cool, scrub it with soap and water and you should be in the clear.ATGStores.com
carries a wide selection of stainless steel products in several different categories from appliances and kitchenware to furniture and lighting, but if you're looking for a DeLorean you may have to travel "Back to the Future."