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Caring for your stainless steel fridge, sink and backsplash

(Design: Collective Designs)

How do I care for my stainless steel fridge, sink and backsplash?

The best way to clean stainless steel and maintain that brushed finish is to wipe or scrub with the grain, instead of in circular motions. The choice of cleaning tools and chemicals is important to maintain your appliance’s lustre. Never use anything containing chlorine or hydrochloric acid – that includes not using your kitchen sink to rinse your hair for those DIY hair-dye jobs! Avoid placing cast-iron pots and pans on them for long. These can cause corrosion and, eventually, rust spots to develop. 

(Design: The Scientist)

Rinse your sink well after each use, rubbing it with a wet cloth or paper towel. Once a week, rub a paste made from white vinegar and baking soda all over the sink for a good clean. 

(Design: Athena Concepts)

For your backsplash and fridge, remove streaks and fingerprints using dishwashing detergent and warm water applied to a microfibre cloth, and rub with the grain. Rinse and dry the surfaces immediately. Have some mineral or baby oil handy to buff away the occasional streak or fingerprint. To do this, apply a small amount of oil, leave it for a few minutes, then wipe it away with a kitchen paper towel.

 

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