How to Polish Stainless Steel
Learning how to polish stainless steel is important if you want to keep your cookware, cutlery or silverware looking its best. When most people hear the term "stainless steel" they assume the metal is impervious to any sort of corrosion. However, it is not necessarily stain proof. When the stainless steel items around your home start looking a little worn, it is time for a good polishing. Follow these steps until your stainless steel shines like new again.
First: Warm water and baking soda
Warm water is a great place to start when it comes to stainless steel. Wipe in the direction of the steel grain. If this does not work, try adding some baking soda to your water. Mix a half cup with some water to make a paste, and use this to scrub away any stains. If this still does not work, move on to the next step.
Vinegar is great for removing stains that are too tough for baking soda and water. Mix one part vinegar with one part water and use this to wipe the surface of the steel until clean. If the stains are particularly stubborn, you can use straight vinegar.
Third: Olive oil and lemon
If you do not have vinegar, olive oil and lemon is sometimes used to produce the same effects. Combine one part lemon to two parts olive oil and work this mixture in the same direction as the grain of the steel. Wipe away any excess, and finish with a mild dish washing liquid.