Stainless steel is a great surface to have in your kitchen and home, it offers stylish looks and is low maintenance. From time to time, it requires a bit more than just a wipe down and this article is going to give you the do’s and don’ts to ensure your stainless looks great, without risking damaging it.

Firstly, general maintenance is key, not letting oil and food build up on the surface will drastically reduce required cleaning. Using a damp microfiber when the splatter or grime is fresh will prevent it from baking onto your stovetop or surrounding stainless. Some of the best ways to clean a gas stove top are the easiest.

If your stovetop has a big buildup of carbon or marks that don’t easily wipe of you need to use a more aggressive cleaning method. There are plenty of store-bought products and even some oven cleaners that will work well, just be sure to always wipe with the grain of the stainless when cleaning down to ensure that scratches you may cause can’t be seen. Another good homemade method is bicarb soda and vinegar left to soak for 5-10 minutes the grime or burnt-on food and muck can generally be easily wiped off once soaked, repeat as required as it can take more than one application to remove the grime.

If you have got your stainless steel surface cleaned and want to know how to protect it for the future, there are options to seal the stainless with EnduroShield or other products which will drastically reduce cleaning times in the future, also wiping down the surfaces with vegetable oil can help protect and make your stainless extra shiny.

Some of the “Don’ts” when it comes to stainless might surprise you. Never wipe your stainless against the grain of the surface, this can cause scratches that are noticeable and difficult to polish out. Also, avoid using kitchen scourers as these can leave scratches and haze dulling the appearance of your stainless. Using gritty creams or cleaners can work well when trying to restore your stainless but you need to be extra careful to follow the grain and not rub one area too much or you can leave uneven marks in your stainless.

For Stainless steel sinks, you will end up with scratches over time no matter how careful you are, you can polish these out by rubbing the area with the grain and a polish or steel wool to “re-grain” the area, another good cleaning kitchen tip is to get your areas sealed, your stainless, stone, tiles and grout can all be sealed, making the surface repel water and oil. This will make a huge difference when it comes time to clean.

Avoid overfilling your pots and pans when using the stove, or even consider using aluminium foil to protect the base if the appearance doesn’t bother you. All these little things will greatly reduce the hard scrubbing cleans no one enjoys, a daily wipe will save you an hour scrubbing.

If your stainless is too far gone it might require restoration by a professional, 1st Choice Fix has restored many stovetops, ovens and fridges. While attempting it yourself is always a good idea, in theory, sometimes without the right equipment or materials, you can cause more damage than what you’re trying to clean. Reach out to a professional if your job is too far gone for DIY.