In our kitchens, there are so many stainless steel cookware. However, if we don’t take good care of our cookware, stains and discolorations are inevitable. Therefore, how to clean & care for our stainless steel cookware really matters. Just with a little care, you can avoid these problems. The following tips can help you know how to effectively clean your stainless steel cookware. Of course, these tips can also be useful for other stainless steel appliances, like water distillers, etc.
General Daily Care
The best way to take good care of your cookware on a regular basis is to wash it by hand in hot, soapy water. After that, you need to use a soft cloth to thoroughly dry it before put your cookware in your cabinet to store.
If you use a dishwasher to clean your cookware, some experts think the detergents may be not effective to clean the stainless steel finishes. Therefore, it is recommended drying it by hand after removing it from your dishwasher. And this can effectively avoid spotting.
Getting Rid of Stains
If the tap water in your house is a little hard (contains much more calcium content), you will find there is noticeable chalky white residue on your cookware. If the tap water or well water is very hard, you need to have a water softener to soften your water.
To get rid of stains on your pan or pot, you just need to fill it with vinegar and water. The ratio is 1:3. And then heat the mixture to boil, and then let it cool. The last step is to wash it thoroughly with hot and soapy water. Of course, you need to dry it before storing.
To get rid of burned-on food, just fill your stainless steel pan with enough warm, soapy water. The water should cover the mess. And let it soak for at least 1 hour. And then heat the pan or pot to boil for about 10 to 15 minutes. After that, wait it to cool. And then use a nylon scouring pad to scrub it. In the end, wash it with hot, soapy water. After rising and drying it, you can find a place to store it. If the residue is very stubborn and you cannot completely clean the mess at one time, you can repeat these steps, until the mess is completely removed.
For daily general cleaning, it is highly recommended using a non-abrasive cleaner. And this is also good for stain removal. Your cookware will become shiny again. Of course, abrasive cleaners and metal scouring pads are not allowed to clean stainless steel cookware. This is because metal scouring pads can scratch the finish, reducing its corrosion resistance. And abrasive cleaners will destroy its finish. Although they are good at removing stuck-on food, they will scratch the finish of the cookware. Therefore, you can use nylon scouring pads, nylon or plastic brushes instead of metal scouring pads.
However, avoid using ammonia-based and chlorine cleaners, because they are corrosive.
If you want to bring back the brand-new shine that a new cookware has, first wet the surface, and then sprinkle on a small amount of baking soda. Use a synthetic scouring pad to rub the cookware gently. And you also can use a Scotch-Brite green pad instead. And then rinse the cookware. Finally, dry it before storing. To remove fingerprints on it, you can use glass cleaner, a soft cloth or a paper towel to do the job. If there are a few minor scratches on the surface, you can use a paste of water and a non-abrasive cleaner to buff out these minor scratches.
Daily cleaning and care can extend the lifetime of your cookware. And if you use the methods above, you can make it look as shiny as new.