In 1821, a Frenchman discovered that when he mixed iron with chromium, the metal resisted acid. Over time, the level of chromium increased until the creation of the new stainless steel. Stainless steel is a metal that is used in sinks and in kitchens. In fact, stainless steel is required in commercial kitchens as it is easy to keep clean to standards required by the Food Standards Agency. Cleaning the stainless steel properly can help it to stay whole and long lasting.
If you have fingerprints on the stainless steel counter or sink, spray it with a glass cleaner that contains ammonia. Make sure that you rinse the counter stainless steel thoroughly. If you prefer to make your own glass cleaner, you can mix a cup of rubbing alcohol, a cup of water and a tablespoon of vinegar together. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and apply as you would with a glass cleaner. Make sure that you rinse it thoroughly when you are done, and dry it afterwards.
When you are austere going general cleaning of your metal sink and countertop, use warm water and a soft cloth. Dry the stainless steel counter or sink with a soft cloth. Make sure that when you wipe the counter, you do it in the direction of the stainless steel's grain.
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Mix warm water with dish soap and apply it to the stainless steel. Remember to do so with the grain. Rinse the counter when you have finished applying the dish soap and water mixture. Dry the counter thoroughly with a cloth to prevent it from staining.
Stainless steel cleanser
If the stainless steel is stained, then you may need to use a stainless steel cleanser. Make sure that you do not use a cleanser that is abrasive. This is not good for the stainless steel and can cause scratches. Some cleansers that are available can actually help to prevent scratching. Make sure that you read the directions when using the cleanser. The cleaner can also help you to polish the stainless steel as well. Make sure that you apply the product properly and rinse well when you are done. Blot dry to prevent staining.