Stainless steel is a metal formed by iron, carbon, and chromium alloys. It is hygienic, noble, and durable, withstand high/low temperatures, UV rays, acids, shocks, and corrosion. It is used to manufacture countless objects, but one of the most popular are the kitchens, especially professional ones; however, despite being easy to maintain, if the stainless steel is not properly cleaned, you can scratch it and spoil its aesthetics irreversibly.
For this type of appliance, it is advisable to carry out frequent cleaning with special products that are not abrasive and do not cause deterioration, but to use natural remedies that provide cleanliness and shine without damaging it. In this article, we want to tell you how to clean a stainless steel stove properly, take care of its appearance, and keep it in good condition for much longer.
How to clean stainless steel stove without scratching it
The stove is usually one of the objects that accumulate the most grease in your home, which is no secret to anyone. For a long time, we have seen how our mothers and grandmothers have tried in different ways to remove the sticky coating, burnt food, and dirt for hours, ending up with battered hands, frustration, and a not completely clean surface.
The good news – which we celebrate every day – is that home remedies for cleaning stainless steel stoves have become increasingly popular for their effectiveness, affordability and environmental friendliness. So read carefully and follow the following steps to the letter.
How to clean steel stove with baking soda and lemon
Lemon contains citric acid, an infallible ally to remove severe rust marks and grease stuck to the stove while providing a pleasant aroma. Baking soda, on the other hand, effectively removes residual burnt food, and sauces and even cleans stained stainless steel. Together, in addition to removing stains and softening adhering dirt, they disinfect the material. Use it as follows:
- Add a large amount of baking soda to a bowl and the juice of 1 lemon so that you form a paste.
- Apply liberally over the entire surface and let it act for 30 to 45 minutes.
- After the time has elapsed, rub hard with a sponge or soft bristle brush. Do this for a couple of minutes to soften the blackening of the stove.
- After the process, wash with water and detergent, rinse with cold water, and dry.
As for grills and burners, use the same baking soda and lemon paste and add a little vinegar. Let them rest for 1 hour and rub them with a little force until the burnt part comes off; wash them with soap and water, rinse them, dry them and place them back on the stove.
White vinegar: Ideal for cleaning rust from steel stoves
Vinegar is one of the preferred liquids to remove rust stains on stainless steel; this is due to its acetic acid compound that helps to remove this layer and considerably improves its appearance. The way to use it is as follows:
- Fill a bowl with half a cup of vinegar and two cups of water and integrate both ingredients well.
- Moisten a clean sponge with this solution and rub the stained area.
- Leave on for 10 minutes.
- Wipe with a cloth soaked in the solution, and you will notice how quickly the dirt and grease will be loosened.
- Remove residues with a cloth dampened with water.
- Dry the surface well to avoid moisture stains.
If the methods with natural products do not work, it is time to turn to grease remover chemicals specially manufactured for this purpose. Always dilute them in water, and protect your hands with gloves to prevent them from damaging your skin.
Also, ensure they are not too abrasive so as not to risk scratching the stainless steel. Do not forget always to follow the instructions on the product labels. Remember that the smartest decision is to clean the stove immediately after cooking!