I purchased stainless steel, A-quality kitchen appliances in December 2004. In stamping, drawing, wire forming, and a host of such operations, if the tool wears then particles of steel have been embedded. Avoid using any kind of scourer which has been used on carbon steel as it will contaminate the stainless steel finish. You need to be aware that rust can occur, but it shouldn’t be a deciding factor in your purchase decision. Cloth baby diapers, flannel fabric swatches, and old, clean tee shirts are great for cleaning stainless steel!
The term ‘stainless’ is loosely used to describe any material that has a shiny surface and doesn’t rust easily, however there are many types and grades of steel that have different qualities based on the composition of the material. Also, be aware that soaking in vinegar and other acids will often remove various kinds of plating from the iron or steel. Like all Everbrite coatings, ProtectaClear is food safe once it is cured and will help kitchen equipment easier to keep clean.
Because stainless steel is so easy to maintain, it is an obvious choice for food and beverage manufacturing industries and for catering equipment. Scratch-B-Gone quickly fixes this problem and our Ultra Shine chemical adds a protective coating to retard rust. After the parts were cool enough to handle, a fine film of tool oil was wiped onto the steel parts. Carbon steel wool should not be used, nor should pads that have previously been used on carbon steel. To clean stainless steel using baking soda you’ll want to make a paste by mixing it with some water.
But there are countless inquiries on this site where people ruined their stainless appliances with steel wool, bleach, scotch brite, vinegar, or by letting an installer use tile acid in a bathroom or garage, and where the writer bemoaned that nobody warned them. Q. I went on line today because I also purchased a sears stainless steel oven and have always used the cleaner sears sold to me to care for my appliances. I would use it with caution for restoring old steel items, and definitely not if there are etched designs to be preserved in the metal being restored. The surface of stainless steel is very thin and has a stable, passive chromium rich oxide film which gives the clean shiny look.
For a deeper clean and rust/stain removal, mix some baking soda with vinegar (apple cider or white vinegar) until you reach the consistency of a paste. For example, keep your car clean and waxed, and store it in a garage or under a quality car cover. After investigating, a metal expert told us the problem is in the brushing process the stainless steel goes through to get the brushed finish. I happened to leave one of those cans sitting in my sink just a little too long and a nice rust ring formed that seemed to be impossible to remove with conventional methods.