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How to maintain stainless steel cookware?

Updated on August 7, 2016

Stainless steel is one of the best materials available in cookware for a myriad of reasons. It is not only very attractive but also durable because it resists corrosion and dust making it the most popular choice in the kitchen. Have you realized how bright and shiny they look when you first buy them?

But after some time, stainless steel cookware tends to discolor and get brown stains which can present a tough cleaning challenge compared to the non-stick cookware. Most often than not, every user desires to maintain that aesthetic appeal and reduce the chances of corrosion to the bare minimum. Luckily, all this is easily achievable as long as all the cleaning and maintenance rules are followed to the latter. Start from the basics and build up from there.

So how exactly can we go about it?

1.Establishing a regular cleaning routine

Best Stainless steel cookware is relatively expensive and therefore it can easily pass as a long-term investment. Just like any investment, it’s imperative that you take care of your pots and pans. Regularly clean them to remove all the spots and discoloration so as to protect and preserve that spark.

2.Cleaning after every other use

Immediately cleaning the pans after use not only prevent the build-up of dry food but also prevents staining. You can either season them or clean them up using water and soap or non-abrasive cleanser..Just ensure you use products specifically made for stainless steel and avoid using products containing ammonia or bleach for they easily react with the cookware resulting into discoloration .Microfiber cleaning cloth is perfect for it absorbs the water very well without leaving any scratch.

3.Use of hand to wipe the pans dry

Immediately after using, take a clean towel and wipe them dry. Air drying can be used as an alternative but it’s not the ideal method if you care for that ultimate spark because water spots might form due to the minerals found in water.

4.Avoiding cleaning stainless steel inside the dishwasher.

Most of the pans are dishwasher-safe. That's alright but if you care most about the appearance and durability then it will be much better if you don't wash them in the dishwasher. This is because it greatly reduces their lifespan and prevents them from looking their best. However, if you have to clean them in the dishwasher, immediately rinse the pots with club soda and wipe them with a clean spot to prevent water spots from forming.

5.Polishing the stainless steel cookware

Is there anybody who doesn't care about that shine? I guess not because with all that effort put in cleaning, what else do you want to achieve really? Polishing can be done using stainless steel polish, just apply some polish on a clean cloth then buff it on the cookware. Fingerprints are also one of the greatest complaints about stainless steel but that can easily be taken care of using a glass cleaner and a soft cloth or paper towel.

The rule-of-thumb to keeping stainless steel stainless is proper maintenance and care. Actually, there is no way two way about it, just with a little extra effort, you can keep it looking just as good as it cooks.


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