How to Care for Your Stainless Steel Furniture

August 22
How to Care for Your Stainless Steel Furniture

Although they are not hard to maintain, stainless steel furniture requires a little cleaning and maintenance to keep them shining and functioning well. If not properly cleaned, they can develop rust that is going to inhibit their functionality.

Stainless steel is superior to other metals because it contains other metals such as nickel and chromium that prevent it from easy corrosion. However, galvanized steel should not be confused with stainless steel. Galvanized steel is steel that has been coated with a layer of zinc.

When steel is mixed with those metals, it forms a layer that prevents the inner surface from coming into contact with the elements, hence preventing rust from occurring. Although rust and corrosion are easily preventable, keeping this furniture clean and shining is a routine activity. This article aims to help you understand how to clean and care for stainless steel furniture. Below are some of the ways that you could use to clean the furniture.

Ways of cleaning your stainless steel furniture

Dish soap or mineral oil

The first step in cleaning is removing any physical item that may be lying on the surface you are about to clean. The surface should be free of any items, especially those items that can be damaged while performing cleaning.

After you wipe any dirt or debris on the surface, gather the items that you are going to use while cleaning. Non-abrasive cleaning rags are preferred because they don't leave any residue lint. Paper towels can also be used, but they tend to leave some lint that is visible when the furniture dries.

Dish soap or  is the best agent for cleaning grime on stainless steel surfaces. Most stainless steel restaurant furniture is contaminated by grim that comes from the food that the restaurant serves. Dish soap is good at breaking the bond between the steel surface and oil that may settle there.

To clean it, put some dish soap on your rug and add a little water to it to moisten it. Wipe over the surface that you are cleaning. If there is a stubborn stain or an oil deposit, you may have to go over the stain several times to disintegrate and remove it.

After you finish wiping, rinse the rag and wipe over any remnants of the cleaning solution or moisture from the surface of the furniture. After it has dried, drop a few drops of mineral or baby oil on a dry rug. Rub the rug against the item until it is properly polished.

White vinegar and olive oil

For preparation, you need white vinegar, olive oil, and microfiber clothing. Use the piece of clothing to apply the vinegar on the surface. Vinegar can also be sprayed using a sprayer, especially when cleaning stainless steel furniture like table base for restaurants. Sprayers are better because they reach areas that you will find hard to reach with a rug and can be more efficient for a large space.

After depositing the vinegar, allow it to sit for a few minutes. Wipe off the surface to clean the dirt off. If there is any dirty surface left unclean, apply the vinegar and rub off the area again as many times as required to remove the grim completely.

After cleaning the surface, deposit some olive oil on a piece of clothing and rub it on the surface of the freshly cleaned appliance. Use a dry piece of clothing to remove the extra olive. The vinegar is good at cleaning all the grim while the olive oil leaves the item smelling fresh and polished.

Glass cleaner

The number one cause of a mess, especially in outdoor restaurant furniture is fingerprints. They are left imprinted as people rest their hands on the surface of the furniture. Alongside the fingerprints, human fingers also deposit small amounts of body oils.

Glass cleaners have proved to be very good at removing fingerprint stains. Spray the cleaner on a microfiber piece of clothing and rub the surface in a circular motion. Repeat over as needed until the surface has been cleaned. Finally, rinse it with a dry piece of clothing to remove any residue.


Flour can also be used to clean a stainless steel appliance, especially a stainless steel cleaning table or sink. Flour is more suitable for stainless steel maintenance on these outdoor items because of the mess that is created.

To clean a surface using flour, first remove any grim, oil, or any other residue from the stainless steel surface. Apply a generous amount of flour and use a dry rug to rub in a circular motion until the item has been cleaned up to the desired level.

Stainless steel care is easy and important because it prolongs the lifespan of your favorite stainless steel restaurant or home furniture. Other cleaning options include wiping with a water-soaked rag. When using this method, however, you should ensure that all the moisture and minerals in the water have been wiped off. If there are extensive stains, you can use commercial stainless steel cleaners although they will relieve you some of the dollars from your pocket