Stainless steel appliances and cookware are an essential part of every kitchen. Though they resist staining, water droplets tend to stain the metal. Here are some tips on how to clean water stains from stainless steel to keep it sparkling as new:
Wipe with a microfiber cloth
Wiping off fresh water spots on steel is the best way to clean water stains even before they happen. Just wet the microfiber cloth and wipe off the spot. Dry it with another cloth and buff it with a polishing rag.
Vinegar and baking soda
For stubborn spots, use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Dab the solution on the stain with a cloth, let it sit for about 30 minutes, wipe off with a wet cloth and let it dry.
Water spots on steel harbor grease when they meet fingerprints. This kind of greasy water stain is very tough to deal with. But there is a simple trick – rub in some alcohol on the spot – the grease almost instantly disappears.
Lemon and Olive oil
Pour a few drops of lemon oil on a clean piece of cloth and rub it on the water-stained steel surface. It removes the stain and leaves the surface smelling fresh and sparkling. If lemon oil is unavailable, then use olive oil as a substitute. Add this to your monthly cleaning routine to keep stainless steel sparkling for years. A word of caution – do not use oil-based cleaners on ovens and stoves, as they are flammable.
To prevent frequent and tough water stains from forming on a steel surface, it is important to avoid using abrasive sponges and cleaners. Scratches lodge the grime in the grooves and make removing stains almost impossible.