How to clean stains on stainless steel and make it shine
Caring for your kitchen utensils is essential for them to last a long time. Stainless steel utensils require regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure their proper use over a long period of time. Stainless steel remains a very resistant and interesting material for everyday cooking. But how can it be properly cleaned and maintained without staining? And how do you make it shine and retain its luster in the long term? CRISTEL gives you the advice to follow for a better maintenance of your stainless steel cookware.
PRODUCTS TO BE AVOIDED
Above all, certain products should be avoided. To keep your kitchen utensils in good condition, you can forget the abrasive sponge. This will scratch and damage your pots and pans. Also, corrosive products are to be avoided; namely, bleach, undiluted baking soda, pure vinegar, or products such as stain removers and limescale removers. These will be too aggressive for your utensils and you will not be able to use them anymore.
Stainless steel is easy to maintain on a daily basis. A simple and effective product on stainless steel? Baking soda. Always diluted, it can be applied to pots and pans with a soft microfiber cloth soaked in water. If grease persists, the baking soda can be replaced by soda crystals and water. Another effective product: blanc de Meudon (calcium carbonate powder). It can be applied with a microfiber too and then wiped off with a cloth. The stains will disappear and the result will be much clearer. Soapy water can also help to maintain stainless steel. With a few drops of vinegar or lemon juice, soapy water will maintain your stainless steel frying pans and saucepans. Diluted white vinegar is another solution to remove persistent stains. It can also be applied with a wetted microfiber. Another tip: oven cleaner. Spraying it on the pan or saucepan will help to remove grease stains.
HOW TO REMOVE STAINS?
To remove stains from stainless steel utensils, there are several solutions, each one as effective as the other. White stains can be removed with household alcohol. Fat stains can be removed with dishwashing liquid or soapy water mixed with a degreasing product. Black and more difficult to remove stains can be removed with soapy water or dishwashing liquid. Black soap and salt can also help to remove these types of stains.
If there are burn stains, you can always get your pan or saucepan back, no worries. With a soapy liquid and hot water, the bottom of the utensil will be cleaned. The more you let the liquid work, the better.
It is also recommended to boil the pan or saucepan with the liquid inside to help remove the fat. Often dishwashing liquid (with hot water) can be a very good product to remove deep stains. If there are lime stains on your frying pans and saucepans, household alcohol, diluted white vinegar and lemon will be your best allies. You can delicately apply the product with a microfiber soaked in alcohol and rub to remove the stains, then rinse and dry.
HOW TO MAKE IT SHINE?
Finally, to make the stainless steel of your kitchen utensils shine, nothing could be simpler. Cooking oil or household alcohol will do the job very well. Apply the product with a microfiber cloth to your frying pan or saucepan and you will find all the shine of stainless steel. Other solutions exist, such as two spoonfuls of clay stone mixed with sparkling water or a few drops of ammonia mixed with soapy water. By applying these tips, your kitchen utensils will stay as good as new.