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Before You Buy Stainless Steel Cleaner

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Stainless steel cleaner can be confusing to choose because there are so many claims that different manufacturers make about their products. Many companies have developed special stainless steel cleaners to be used on these surfaces. Here is what you need to know before you buy a stainless steel cleaner.

Try easier cleaning options for stainless steel.

Try using just plain water and a clean cloth. If that isn't as effective, try a mild detergent like dish soap. Glass cleaner can be great to remove smudges and fingerprints. Try these easy and less risky methods first. You may find you don't need a separate stainless steel cleaner or only need to use it rarely.

Read the directions for the stainless steel cleaner

Read the directions thoroughly before using. Even if the directions do not say so, it is a good idea to try the product in a hidden spot first, so that you can see the results. The directions will also give you a better idea of how much of the stainless steel cleaner you will need to use to see great results.

Check the ingredients in the stainless steel cleaner.

Make sure that the cleaner contains no chlorine. Chlorine is a natural enemy to stainless steel and came damage the surface easily. A better ingredient choice is ammonia. Cleaners with abrasive ingredients can scratch and damage the finish of your stainless steel. Remember to check out other methods to clean stainless steel, and to test new products in a hidden spot for to be sure of your results.

Don't blame the stainless steel cleaner.

Water with mineral deposits (hard water) can cause staining and water spots to form on stainless steel. Always remember to dry your stainless steel surfaces with a towel after rinsing. When these areas form, people usually suspect the cleaner, but it may, in fact, be water that is the culprit.

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