While it might seem that it could be a pain to clean stainless steel cookware, with a little know-how and some friendly guidance, it really isn’t that bad. The following article will run you through four basic techniques for cleaning the different parts of stainless steel cookware, and can be applied to any stainless steel utensil you own.
If you’re using anything other than soap and water, be sure to read the directions extremely carefully, and be sure to wash your stainless steel utensil thoroughly afterwards to remove any lingering traces of possibly toxic chemicals.
Ideally, you should clean all your stainless steel on a regular basis, with one or more of these four techniques, to avoid discoloration and to keep your stainless steel looking its best.
General Cleaning – Sponge/Cloth and Water
For every-day cleanings, warm water and a cloth or sponge will be all that you need. Soak a sponge or rough washcloth in warm water and gently scrub away the residue on your stainless steel. This method can be applied to every surface on your cookware with equal results.
General cleanings should be performed at a minimum of once for every time the utensil is used.
Tougher Stains – Soap and Water
For slightly more resilient stains, warm or hot soapy water will usually get the job done, and is considered a relatively risk-free way to clean your stainless steel cookware.
Fill a bowl with warm or hot water, add ½ to an ounce of mild generic dish washing soap, and mix thoroughly. Use a sponge or rough washcloth soaked in the soapy water to gently clean the surfaces of your stainless steel.
Toughest Stains – Stainless Steel Cleaner
For those impossible-to-get-out stains or scratches on your cookware, use an official stainless steel cleaning product. Read the directions carefully and apply to a minimal, inconspicuous area first before attempting a full-utensil cleaning.
Be warned: these products can be toxic if not properly applied or cleaned off after use, so be sure to read and follow the instructions extremely carefully.
Fingerprints – Glass Cleaner
Your stainless steel cookware has been scrubbed clean of food residue and discoloration, but your hands have left fingerprints all over it. What to do? Use a generic glass cleaner and soft paper towels to gently wipe away fingerprints from the handles or shiny surfaces of your stainless steel. Be sure to hold the utensil so as not to re-smudge it with new fingerprints during the cleaning. If possible, wear clean kitchen gloves.
By following these few simple steps, you’ll have clean, shining stainless steel cookware in no time! Remember to be aware of safety precautions when using cleaning chemicals, and always rinse your cookware thoroughly after each cleaning.
Jordan Gaither: I’m a Communications major by trade, an artist by choice, a welder by day and a dancer by night (Okay, I made that last part up). Having lived in a succession of cramped, oddly-shaped apartments, I have a wealth of personal experience in apartment living, as well as arranging and decorating to maximize effect and livable space.