Taking proper care of your stainless steel appliances

(Photo from Consumer Reports)

Despite its name, we all know that stainless steel can get stained. It can also rust.

Tiny spots or streaks of rust can appear on the stainless-steel finish of your appliances, marring its smooth, silvery surface, not to mention its premium looks.

That rust can be treated. The editors at Consumer Reports say the right maintenance habits can minimize the chance of rust developing in the first place.

Here's what they suggest:

Wash with mild soap, using a soft, clean cloth; then rinse. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.

Don't reach for a used dishrag. It could contaminate the surface with acidic food oils that will damage the protective layer on the surface of the steel.

Disinfectants, abrasives, or cleaners that contain bleach, alcohol, ammonia, or chlorides, are all a no-no because they can harm stainless.

And never use steel wool or scrub pads. They can scratch the surface, leaving it vulnerable to moisture. Also, fragments of steel wool can become embedded in the stainless finish and rust.

It's a good idea to routinely wipe stainless appliances with a stainless cleaner. Most contain mineral oil, which helps shield the steel’s protective layer.

Check your owner's manual. It probably has other tips to help prevent rusting of your stylish and expensive stainless-steel appliances.

More Info: Yes, Your Stainless Steel Appliances Can Rust

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