How To Maintain Stainless Steel Counter Tops

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Sleek and shiny, stainless steel counter tops from places like Ballard Sheet Metal Works Inc will give your kitchen a clean, modern look. Even though stainless steel counter tops are seen in more commercial kitchens than residential ones, they can be a smart choice for homes as they are durable and bacteria-resistant. To keep your steel counters looking their best, keep these maintenance tips in mind:

Everyday Care and Cleaning

On a daily basis, be sure to clean up any spills as soon as possible to avoid staining the surface. For cleaning up after meals, simply wipe the counters down with a clean, soft cloth dampened with warm, soapy water. Use a gentle detergent, such a dish soap, to clean and sanitize. Then, thoroughly dry the counter tops with a paper towel or a microfiber cloth in the direction of the stainless steel grain for a streak-free finish.

For slightly deeper cleaning, give the counters a good scrub down. This is especially important after cooking with raw meat or other bacteria-laden foods. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the counters and spray or pour a bit of distilled white vinegar over it. Use a non-abrasive scrub brush or sponge to work the baking soda and vinegar into the surface in the direction of the grain. Wipe the scrubbing solution up with a damp cloth and thoroughly dry the area.

Avoid using stainless steel or any products containing bleach to clean the counter tops.

Removing Stains

If some stubborn stains or streaks remain on the counter tops after cleaning them, spray or pour a little bit of undiluted distilled white vinegar directly on the spot or spots. Allow the vinegar to remain on the area for a minute or two and then rub it in with a soft cloth or sponge. An old toothbrush will also do the trick. Rinse the counter tops down with a water-dampened cloth and dry them thoroughly. 

Polishing the Stainless Steel

To look it's very best, stainless steel needs to be periodically polished. You can buff the counters with food-safe and non-toxic mineral or olive oil. Pour a small amount of oil on the counters and begin rubbing it in, again going in the direction of the grain. You can use any soft, clean and dry material, such as a paper towel or microfiber cloth, to buff the steel.

Wipe away any excess oil to prevent fingerprint marks and to ensure the highest shine.