Are you tired of having to go over and over the same areas, trying to remove streaks on your stainless steel appliances? Using a good product and following a few successful procedures can eliminate this frustration. During my years working as a professional housecleaner, I have tested several different types of stainless polish.
The brand I recommend is SPRAYWAY's Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish. It has an oil base, which helps reduce streaking, and I've found it to be superior to the oil-based stainless polishes offered by other leading brands. Here is a 3-step system, which is efficient, and produces a quality result. This process requires a cleaning solution, a stainless polish and 3 different cloths:
1) Polish does not do a good job of cleaning stainless steel. A cleaning product such as Simple Green or
Windex should be used first, to clean the appliance.
2) Spray Sprayway Stainless Steel Polish fairly liberally on a reasonably large area of the appliance. Use a clean cloth to distribute the polish as evenly, and as streak-free as possible. See notes below on applying polish.
3) Use a clean, soft microfiber cloth, to smooth the finish of the polished surface, distributing any excess oil and removing streaks. Using steady strokes is helpful. See notes below on final buffing.
Using too little polish will not cover the appliance with a smooth, even coat of polish. This will leave dull patches. Using too much polish will leave an oily film that can be transferred onto hands or clothing later, causing streaks to develop. Avoid this by spreading any excess polish around onto adjoining areas of the appliance, so that only a very thin, even film of polish remains. The goal is to create a shiny surface, not an oily surface.
Set aside special cloths to only use when working with stainless steel polish. This way, no rough particles (such as pieces of abrasive scouring pads) may have worked into the fibers of the cloths, while the cloths were used to clean a stove top or sink, etc. This avoids accidentally scratching the stainless steel appliances, and keeps streaking down. Because the oil saturates the cloth, you don't want to use a cloth with a thick pile (such as microfiber or terry cloth). Use a cloth with a smooth flat surface. I found that the rags sold at auto parts stores, to check oil on dip-sticks, work well. Wash them first, to remove any dust & dirt. (You could also cut up an old shirt, etc.)
The polishing oil on this cloth will get on whatever it touches, so store it in a small ziplock bag. This will keep the cloth clean, and it can be re-used several times, to avoid wasting the polishing product. When the cloth needs to be cleaned, it's good to wash out most of the oily polish by hand, before adding it to a load of laundry. Also, make sure not to wash this cloth together with any rags used to wash windows or mirrors. I've found that enough of the oily product remains in the fibers of the cloths that they will streak mirrors, even after I've washed them using hot water and an extra rinse cycle. (This is another good reason to have easily recognizable cloths, which are used only for stainless steel polishing. The auto store cloths are usually red.)
I use color-coding to set aside special microfiber cloths to only use for the final buffing phase on stainless steel appliances. This way, no other product can contaminate these cloths. Store the cloth used for final buffing in a separate small ziplock bag, to keep it as clean as possible. This really cuts down on streaking during final buffing. It's important to keep the oily cloth separate from the buffing cloth, so that oil doesn't get transferred onto the finishing cloth. No extra oil should get smeared onto the appliance during the final buffing process.
The buffing cloth can be used over and over again before it requires washing, but clean cloths leave fewer streaks. I wash the buffing cloth separately, by hand, to keep it as pristine as possible.
Stainless Steel Polishing Kit:
It's efficient to set up a large plastic bag to keep the stainless steel polishing supplies together. After using a cleaning solution and a separate cloth for cleaning, bring out your polishing kit.
• Stainless steel spray
• Small ziplock bag with polish application cloth
• Small ziplock bag with clean microfiber cloth for final buffing
If you use a good stainless steel polish and these techniques, you will create beautiful, shiny, smooth surfaces on stainless steel appliances.
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