How To Clean Stainless Steel

9 September 2015
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

Stainless steel tends to stain more quickly than its name would suggest. It easily garners fingerprints, smudges, and tiny scratches without particular effort. As a result, if you are a stainless steel retailer, you are going to want to make sure that you clean your stainless steel before displaying it to potential clients. You can do this in a few simple ways.

1. Find the Grain

The first step to cleaning your display stainless steel is to locate the grain of the steel. Each sheet that you are planning on showing to potential clients will likely have the same grain throughout. Look for the direction in which the stainless steel is moving. If it appears to moving moving up and down, then you are going to want to clean it with vertical motions. If it appears to be moving side to side, then you are going to want to clean it using horizontal motions. This will allow you to avoid accidentally scratching the stainless steel and ensure that your cleaning efforts look natural.

2. Use a Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

You are next going to want to locate a microfiber cleaning cloth. These cloths are nonabrasive and will not put scratches in your stainless steel. They can be purchased from any hardware store or online. You may want to consider picking up a set in order to make sure that you have a clean cloth on hand for any last minute polishing before your clients arrive.

3. Try Simple Dish Soap

One of the main problems that stainless steel runs into is that it picks up the oil from people's hands very quickly. This means that anytime someone touches the stainless steel, there is a good chance that the person is going to leave a fingerprint made out of those oils. You need a cleaning solution that is able to break through the oils and totally get rid of the fingerprint. Simple dish soap tends to be the cheapest and easiest cleaning agent for this type of job. Apply the dish soap to a corner of the microfiber cloth and start to wipe with the grain. You should see the fingerprint come right off.

4. Polish With Baby Oil

If your clients are coming sooner than expected, you might not have enough time to pick up special stainless steel polishing materials. Instead, run to a grocery store or pharmacy and pick up some baby oil. Apply a tiny amount to a clean microfiber cloth. Then, move with the grain and polish the stainless steel. The oil will also make the steel resistant to fingerprints. 

By following these steps, you will be sure to impress your clients and be more likely to be able to close the sale of the stainless steel. For more information, contact a company like Tiger Metals Inc.