Stainless steel is one of those surfaces you either love or hate. When it's freshly cleaned and polished, nothing can match the beautiful look it delivers. However, if not properly cared for it can begin to look dull and neglected. Unfortunately, many people struggle with finding the right ways to maintain their stainless surfaces, and subsequently live with unsightly appliances. Don't worry, we've been there too and are going to show you how to make your stainless steel look like new again.
Deep Cleaning First
The first step is to remove everything from the surface. Magnets, kids homework, and anything that might impede you from properly cleaning. Once your surface is bare, it's time to get to work.
What you want to do first is mix some warm water with a mild dish detergent. Your goal here is to strip the surface down to its original finish. That means we are trying to remove grease, oil, grime, etc. In addition, many stainless cleaners on the market have a "polish" which adds shine and gloss. However you are going to want to try and remove this as well and get back to bare stainless steel.
Dip a soft microfiber cloth into the mixture and gently buff on the surface. You don't want to apply too much pressure as stainless is prone to scratching. It may take several passes to successfully remove all the contaminants.
Microfiber & Water Wipedown
After you're done applying the soapy mixture, you may notice streaks - lots of them. This is normal. You're probably seeing soapy residue left behind and will want to remove this as well.
Take a two microfiber towels and some warm water. Gently buff the surface with the towel. After wiping with the warm water towel, use the second dry towel and buff clean. Your goal here is to eliminate the soapy residue left behind. Again, this may take several passes to complete.
Apply Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish
Now that your surface has been cleaned back to its original condition, you will want to protect it. This helps prevent fingerprints, streaks, smudges and other messes which can adhere to your appliance.
Find a stainless steel cleaner & polish which has a protective coating. Therapy uses natural coconut oil which provides protection and also enhances the shine of the appliance.
Spray onto the surface and buff with a clean and dry microfiber cloth. You'll want to make sure that the entire surface has been covered with the product to ensure maximum protection.
The key to keeping stainless steel looking its best is to continually maintain it. That means using a stainless steel cleaner & polish on a daily basis to help prevent dulling of the surface.
Many people ask - can you clean stainless steel too often? With Therapy Clean, the answer is no! Unlike traditional products on the market, Therapy uses natural plant-based cleaning agents which are not overly aggressive on the surface. They have the right balance of cleaning and polishing. Traditional products rely on petroleum distillates which can not only harm the surface, but are detrimental to your own health.
So that's it! Making your stainless steel look new again really comes down to a deep cleaning and on-going maintenance with the right product. Cheers to clean and polished surfaces!