9 best tips to get stainless steel looking like new

Stainless steel appliances and sinks are great because they are durable and attractive. This man-made alloy is popular among homeowners because it looks nice, it’s resistant to water damage and rust and it can increase the value of a home.
But, one of the biggest drawbacks of owning stainless steel appliances is that fingerprints and smudges show up very easily and the steel can lose its shine over time. Fortunately, if you can suck up the expensive price tag of stainless steel appliances, dealing with the smudges isn’t that hard.
Check out a few tips for getting your stainless steel appliances to look brand new:
1.Use lime and salt to clean your sink
You can get your sink sparkly clean by sprinkling salt all over the basin. Then, use a lime half to scrub the salt into the stainless steel. After scrubbing with the lime and salt, dust the basin with baking soda and wash it away with a clean rag. For extra shine, buff your sink with a bit of vegetable oil, Engineer Mommy recommends. ​
2Wash with the grain
Like wood, stainless steel has a grain. If you wash with the grain of the steel you can get more of the cleaning solution into the grains so that your steel looks cleaner and shines brighter.
3Use cotton fabric
Choose a soft cloth made of 100 percent cotton, Compact Appliancerecommends. The cloth will work better than paper towels or another material because it won’t leave lint behind.
4. Clean your stove with baking soda and water
Easily remove baked on food from the top of your stainless steel stove gently scrubbing the food away with a paste made from baking soda and warm water, according to Consumer Reports.
5. Say no to harsh chemicals
While stainless steel is hardy, it’s not bulletproof. Avoid abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, steel wool, bleach or ammonia as these could damage your stainless steel finish. According to Consumer Reports, you may want to check the manual that came with your appliance to ensure there aren’t other specific products to avoid.

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