How To Clean a Stainless Steel Countertop

Stainless steel was invented in the early 1900s and made its way into America’s kitchens in the 1940s. A durable material, stainless steel provides a long-lasting and easy to clean surface. Not only are these countertops aesthetically pleasing, but are resistant to bacterial growth, water, heat, and stains. Today, stainless steel countertops are used in residential and industrial kitchens, chemical labs, biomedical, pharmaceuticals, clean rooms, and the healthcare industry.

A quick once over with a damp sponge can be enough to clean your countertop. But, for those tough stains and spills, a little more work and care may be needed. We have compiled a few useful recommended cleaning techniques to be used with your stainless steel countertop.

Cleaning Tips

  • Clean spills immediately with a soft cleaning cloth.
  • Always wipe dry along the stainless steel ‘grain’.
  • Grease stains can be removed by using a mild detergent with hot water and a soft nylon scrub. Rise and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth.
  • Apply white vinegar directly on the surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.
  • Club soda can be used to remove fingerprints and give it a nice shine.
  • For tougher stains, use baking soda and liquid dish soap.
  • For Non-Food Preparation Surfaces – Commercial stainless steel cleaner & polish can be used for additional protection.
  • For Food Preparation Surfaces – Mineral or olive oil can be used to remove fingerprints and make your countertop shine.

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid cleaning your countertop with chloride-based chemicals. These chemicals can damage the stainless steel surface.
  • Avoid using abrasive cleaning tools such as steel wool, cleaning products with abrasive ingredients.
  • Avoid using dirty water to clean your countertop to prevent spots.

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