Love Your Permian Home: Caring for Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has led the appliance finish game for years, so it's no surprise to see it in nearly every home Permian Homes builds. However, it's also no secret that keeping stainless steel free of smudges and scratches (especially for families with youngsters!) can be quite a chore. Today we're sharing our tips and tricks for keeping stainless appliances looking sharp!

1. Use the right cleaning product

Although stainless steel is extremely durable, harsh cleaners can leave residue or potentially damage the finish. Make sure your cleaning product specifically mentions that it's safe for use on stainless steel to avoid any surprises. Some tried and true products we recommend are Pledge Multi-Surface and Sprayway Stainless Steel cleaner. Or, if your family likes to avoid store-bought products, a simple 50/50 mix of vinegar and water will leave a shimmering, spotless finish.

2. Use the right cloth

The cloth you use may sound like no big deal, but if you're looking for a streak-free finish, you'll want to skip the paper towels and old rags. A quality microfiber cloth will be your best bet! Specifically, the fine-woven type like you'd use for cleaning eyeglasses (but much bigger, of course) will give you incredible results with no annoying fibers left sticking to your appliances.

3. Wipe it the right way

Did you know that stainless steel has a "grain" to it, similar to wood? Well, it does! Some run side-to-side, while others run up and down. Look closely at your finish to see which direction its running. If you wipe it down in that same direction, your results will be their best!

4. Remove those fine scratches

Over time, you may find your stainless appliances have racked up their fair share of dings and scratches. The easiest way to get those taken care of is an inexpensive product many of us already keep on hand - a trusty bottle of liquid Bar Keeper's Friend! Just apply to a cloth and rub into the scratch, then remove with a second damp cloth. Also works great for scratches in a stainless steel sink!

5. Combat oxidization over the years

Like other metals, stainless steel will begin to oxidize over time, leaving a dull film. To restore the finish, you can use a simple pumice powder. Mix it with water to form a paste, then apply it following the “grain” of the stainless steel. Rinse with warm water. You'll be surprised to see how black the residue left on your cloth can be!

 

We hope these tips and tricks will come in handy for keeping your stainless products looking good as new!

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