Tips To Increase The Durability Of Your Stainless Steel Utensils
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Having a sense of ownership for stainless steel utensils in India takes a whole new meaning since we have a lot of sentimental value attached to specific heirloom pieces. With inscriptions citing information about when it was bought and who owns them – on plates, cooking pots and pans and even ladles and spoons – stainless steel is a prominent and widely used metal for utensils that we use in the kitchen. Although low maintenance and easy to clean, stainless steel utensils also need some care-giving from time to time, in order to extend their lifespan that makes them last for generations.

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By following a few tips and techniques, cleaning stainless steel appliances can be done effectively, without too much effort. Regular maintenance, no matter how minimal, is the key to safe-keeping and maintaining the condition of your personal utensils. Here’s how:

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  • A microfibre cloth is gentle on stainless steel surfaces and does not leave scratches or marks, making them ideal for both cleaning and polishing stainless steel appliances.
  • Using warm, soapy water to wipe the surface with a sponge is the simplest and cost-effective way to keep your utensils or appliances in good condition.
  • While cleaning, always wipe in the direction of the grain or brushed finish of the stainless steel utensil or appliance since this helps avoid streaks and maintain its appearance. For stubborn stains or fingerprints, use a vinegar and water-based solution or a specialized stainless steel cleaner by applying the solution to a cloth and gently rubbing the affected area.
  • Rinse the surface with clean water to remove any cleaning solution residue to prevent streaking or dulling and dry your utensils with a soft cloth, to avoid water spots or streaks.
  • You can also give your stainless steel appliances and utensils extra shine by applying a few drops of olive oil to a clean cloth and wiping the surface following the grain, until it's evenly distributed. Use another dry cloth to buff the utensil or appliance after.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, or chlorine, since the chances of damage to your utensil is higher. Also, it is best to stay away from using abrasive materials like steel wool or scouring pads, as they can scratch the surface.