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There’s nothing more beautiful than the spotless, gleaming stainless in our kitchen.  But with the daily wear and tear, the gleaming stainless equipment we haul from the showroom not so long time ago lost its luster.  So, here are some practical tips in keeping your stainless gleaming and spotless.

stainless cookware

Stainless Cookware

The Cookware

The Problem:  Stains

The Fix:  Excessive heat can cause permanent bluish stains in the stainless steel.  To prevent this, avoid turning the heat too high when you are using stainless steel pot or pan.  If you are using a gas burner, make sure that the bottom surface completely covers the flame so it doesn’t crawl up the side.

Stainless Counter

Stainless Counter

The Countertops

The Problem: Water Spots

The Fix:  If you have stainless countertops, believe it or not, water is your worst enemy.  Water can easily leave spots to it, so make sure to wipe the countertops with a clean, dry towel every time it gets wet.  If the water mark stays, apply undiluted liquid dish detergent or clean the area with a soft cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Stainless Flatware

Stainless Flatware

The Flatware

The Problem: Pitting

The Fix:  Acids and salts in food can pit stainless flatware, so rinse surface as soon as possible after use.  Then machine-wash or hand-wash with detergent and hot water.

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Feather Duster for cleaning knickknacks, photos frames, and other lightweight objects.

White Cotton Glove for cleaning chandeliers and between the slats of Venetian blinds.

Disposable Swiffer Clothes for cleaning dust magnets like computer, TV screens, all kinds of hard surfaces like tabletops
and floors, and even car dashboards.

Scrub Brush with a handle for miscellaneous cleaning tasks.

Microfiber Cloth for catching and holding dust.

Cotton Swabs to get into tiny crevices in plastic bath mats, silver, and other small, hard-to-reach spots.

Tile Grout Brushes with a single row of stiff bristles for scrubbing between ceramic tiles. You can also use toothbrush.

Lint-Free Dust Cloths made of 100% cotton for cleaning easily scratched items; other fabrics used as rags can create lint and are abrasive.

Lambswool Dusters or dust mops for wiping large surfaces, even walls, to pick up dust and cobwebs. The head can be removed and washed. Or saved yourself a few bucks and make your own dust mop by wrapping an old cotton rag around the end of a broomstick.

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