Radio: Cleaning Stainless Steel

The sleek look of stainless steel lends sophistication to any kitchen. But keeping those surfaces gleaming takes care and some old-fashioned elbow grease.

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For daily cleaning, wipe with a damp sponge and a little liquid dishwashing soap. Rinse thoroughly and dry immediately, rubbing in the direction of the stainless's grain. To take care of fingerprints, wipe with a little undiluted vinegar, then rinse and dry. For baked-on foods, use a nylon scrubbie, or rub in a paste of baking soda and liquid dish soap. Always remember to rinse and dry thoroughly afterward.

Remember: many cleaning products can scratch or damage stainless finishes. Avoid steel wool and abrasive cleansers and pads. Never use bleach. Even water can leave deposits that spot and stain, so always dry the surface immediately. And don't use excessively hard water.

There are plenty of stainless cleaners and polishes on the market. But before using any cleanser, check your owner's manual. Even if the manual says a product is okay to use, first test it on an inconspicuous place.

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