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How to Clean Stainless Steel

How to Clean Stainless Steel Rust Spots & Stains

At Quean Clean, we’re often asked how to clean stainless steel surfaces

Although we call it “stainless” steel, this hardworking material used in cookware, kitchen appliances and surfaces can stain from time to time. For example, on a stainless steel sink, heavy use or a poor care routine can leave brown corrosion or rust stains on the metal. When you apply spray cleaner to the metal but is not rinsed away, this can also result in staining. Another mistake made with stainless steel includes exposure to bleach. The chemicals found in oven cleaners can also cause stains. These stains can be stubborn, but there are ways to remove them.
The shiny material can scratch. This is less problematic with a matte-finish surface, like that found on some sinks. Yet shiny stainless steel requires some care to remove stains without scratching the finish.

Examine the stainless steel surface and determine if it has a grain pattern. While the metal itself is solid, the finishing process used by the manufacturer may leave it with faint directional scratches. Whenever you scrub a stainless steel surface try to clean the stains in the same direction as the grain already present on the surface.
Use Quickleen Deep Clean Powder with a damp microfibre cloth straight from the tub. Rub the magic cleaning powder on the rust or the stains. Quickleen Powder’s formula lifts stains from a large number of different surfaces, not only Stainless Steel. Once you remove the rust spots or stains, follow up with a spray of Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish to give it a streak-free shine. 

How to clean stainless steel

The Guardian’s cleaning expert, Stephanie Zia says, “One of the best ways to remove rust marks is to make a paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice. Apply it and leave for an hour or so, then rub off. Repeat if necessary. You could also use lighter fuel but, use it with caution. Apply with a paper towel rather than with a cloth.

The best commercial stainless-steel cleaner is QUEAN CLEAN Quickleen. Its a non-toxic cleaner that you can use all around the home, both inside and out. Phosphorous-free, odourless and food-safe, it removes rust and a variety of stubborn stains. Apply with a wet cloth, rub away the stains and wipe dry immediately.” Read Stephanies article here