Countertops made from stainless steel are popular in commercial kitchens like restaurants, and they are making a comeback in homes as well. The maintenance for these countertops is not difficult, and they will last for years if you take good care of them.
Prevent the Stains
Stainless steel is very resistant to stains and is a good surface for countertops because bacteria can't penetrate the metal surface. Bacteria can sit on top of the metal, but it is very easy to remove the bacteria and sanitize the surface.
However, acidic foods like citrus fruits can affect the way the stainless steel looks if they are left lying on the countertop because they can produce a dark stain on the surface of the stainless steel. The easiest way to avoid those stains is to not leave acidic foods sitting on the countertop. However, if you do get a stain, there is a trick to clean it up.
In a bowl, combine one part baking soda with three parts water and mix it until you have a paste. Apply the paste to the surface of the stainless steel and use a soft-bristled brush to work the paste into the stain. Work back and forth with the grain of the metal to avoid scratches on the metal surface. Once the stain has faded, wash the paste off the countertop with mild soap and water then dry it with a soft cloth.
Keep Your Stainless Steel Clean
You shouldn't find it difficult to take care of your stainless steel countertops from day to day. Most of the time, all you need is to wash the countertop with warm, soapy water and use a soft towel to remove things from the surface. Dishwashing soap is a good choice because it will not discolor or stain the countertop and it can have antibacterial properties to kill germs on the surface.
Once the countertop is clean, wipe it down with a soft towel so it is completely dry. While stainless steel countertops are resistant to water, puddles are a great place for bacteria to grow. If the countertop is dry, you are less likely to have a problem.
Scrub the Countertop
You need to take care when scrubbing stainless steel countertops. If you need to scrub the stainless steel down, baking soda makes a good cleaner. It is not abrasive, so it will not scratch the countertop as some commercial cleaners can.
Sprinkle some baking soda over the surface of your countertop then put some vinegar on a soft nylon scrubby pad and work with the grain of the metal. Take your time and clean the entire countertop, then wipe off the baking soda and vinegar mixture. Once you are happy with the way the countertop looks, clean the countertop with soap and warm water, then dry it thoroughly.
Keep the Stainless Steel Shining
If you polish your stainless steel countertops regularly, you will keep them looking new. You can use one of many commercial products on the market. If you are looking for a more natural way to polish your countertops, you can also use natural oil.
Put some olive oil on a soft cloth and polish the countertop in a circular motion with the cloth. Once the surface begins to shine, move to another area of the counter and repeat the process. When the countertop is complete, it will have a nice shine that you will be proud of anyone seeing.
At Timmons Sheet Metal Inc., we can make custom countertops for your kitchen and help you achieve the look you are after. Give us a call or stop by and see us for a quote today.