Stainless steel is an excellent option for stairs. Its corrosion resistant chromium and nickel alloy steel is extremely strong and durable and is nearly unaffected by daily use. Whether you have chosen stainless steel for its durability or its modern and sleek feel, you need to know how to properly care for it to keep it looking beautiful.
Routine cleaning is necessary, but relatively quick and easy. The best method for cleaning your stainless steel is using a soap or mild detergent in warm water. Using a soft cloth or synthetic sponge gently wipe stairs clean. Aggressive scrubbing is not necessary and not recommended. On occasion, other household cleaners can be used but be sure to check the product to make sure that it is safe to use on stainless steel. Rinse with hot water and allow to air dry or wipe dry with soft cloth. Routine cleaning will maintain the shine and cleanliness of your stairs and should remove everyday soil and stains.
For food stains you may need to use a mild cleanser with a fine abrasion sponge or cloth. Follow by using the routine cleaning method. For grease and oils, simply remove excess with paper towel. Then follow with the routine cleaning method to remove left over grease or oil. Finger prints can easily be removed with rubbing alcohol. If any chemicals come in contact with your stainless steel, such as bleach, rinse immediately with lots of water.
For maintenance and routine cleaning make sure to repeat gentle cleaning cycles rather than one abrasive aggressive scrub. Household cleaners can be used if approved for stainless steel. Do not use course abrasive powders, metallic scours, or silver or brass cleaners. These are too harsh and will dull and scratch your beautiful stainless steel stairs. As always, be sure to be careful and read all instructions before using any chemicals.
Article By Amber Burkhart
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