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MAY 2016

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE May 2016 45 {Blog Spot} While some may disagree, I fnd stainless to be a pain to clean. Not so much of a pain to eschew using our stainless set all together, but enough of a pain that we had to learn the dos and don'ts of deal- ing with it. Here are some quick and easy tips for cleaning steel and maintaining that fresh metallic look. Clean with water and a cloth. Micro- fber cloths are the best option to use when cleaning stainless steel because they absorb all of the wa- ter. It's also a safe product to use to avoid scratching steel surfaces. You'll want to avoid paper towels or any cloth or towel with a rough surface intended for non-stick cook- ware. This especially includes steel wool. When drying, dry along the grain to avoid water spots. If you clean or dry aggressively against the grain with regular scouring pads, you'll leave marks on your appliance or pan, so be sure to take it easy. Only use a drop of dish soap. For most cases, a drop of mild dish soap and warm water is all you need to clean a pot or pan, so don't over- think it. Just be gentle. Alternatively, using white vinegar as a cleaner has also been proven to work. Try it out—that stuff is like magic! Glass cleaner is your friend. Finger- prints on stainless steel is one of the biggest complaints, and it's a valid concern. No matter how care- ful you try to be, fngerprints will al- ways end up on your fridge. Spray glass cleaner on a microfber cloth to get the job done. Wipe away the fngerprint using soft circular wipes. There are newer fnishes of stain- less steel that are fngerprint resis- tant, so if you're buying new prod- ucts, be sure to do your research and seek those out. Keep a stainless steel cleaner on hand. If you need to remove stains or scratches from your stainless steel, a steel cleaner is a great option. Read the directions on the cleaner and be sure to test the product on an unnoticeable loca- tion, just in case. Even if you aren't trying to remove a stain or hide a scratch, stainless steel or glass cleaner will help your appliance(s) shine. As always, rinse the area thoroughly afterwards and towel dry. Stainless steel can be fnicky, but with a little TLC, stainless steel will keep your kitchen looking sleek and stylish for years to come. RE This article originally appeared on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Visit us at blog.rismedia.com. Nick Caruso is RISMedia's senior editor. Email him your blog topic ideas: nick@rismedia.com. Kitchen Counsel: Tips to Keep That Stainless Steel Shining by Nick Caruso I f you have ever owned any stainless steel products, you know how beautiful and appealing the look can be. Stainless steel appliances give a renovated kitchen that POP! it needs, while steel also makes for a very durable cookware product that never disturbs flavors, yet guarantees a balanced heating of foods. It also resists corrosion and rust—a bonus for the steel fans! Stainless steel can be fnicky, but with a little TLC, stainless steel will keep your kitchen looking sleek and stylish for years to come.

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