Stainless Steel Polishing Methods

Mamta Mule May 13, 2019
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Stainless steel can acquire a lackluster facade from constant use. You'll have to polish, scrub surfaces from embedded dirt that is not visible to the naked eye. Here are tips for the same.
Want to recover the shine that your newly-bought stainless steel utensils once had? Well, many believe that stainless steel does not stain at all, where it does in fact tarnish over time. Stainless steel is more resistant than other types of steel to excessive damage, but isn't stain-proof.
Known for its resistance to rust and corrosion, if not taken care of often, it can succumb to corrosion, especially utensils that come into direct contact with fire for a prolonged duration. There are ways on how you can get its lustrous shine back, using the following cleaning tips to achieve this.

How To Polish Stainless Steel

Baking Soda

You will need ½ a cup of baking soda and 2 tsp. of liquid dishwashing detergent. Mix the two thoroughly in a bowl, stirring briskly to form a thick paste. You can add a little water if required to help it acquire a smooth consistency. Using a sponge, apply the mixture over the stainless steel item, coating it evenly.
Leave it aside for 5 minutes before rubbing a clean sponge over its surface. You can use a toothbrush with soft bristles to release stubborn debris. After a few minutes of scrubbing, use a damp soft cloth to wipe the surface; if it's a cooking utensil, wash it in warm running water and wipe it down with a clean piece of cloth.

Lemon Oil

First, wipe the object using a clean soft cloth. Pour a few drops of lemon oil on another piece of cloth that isn't linty, rubbing it over the object's surface. After 5 minutes, use the same cloth to buff the surface of the item, applying firm pressure in a circular manner on one spot, before moving on to the next.
This will allow the oil to seep into the stainless steel surface; olive oil is a good alternative to lemon oil. After you've thoroughly buffed the entire surface, take a clean cloth and give the object a good rubdown; you don't want to leave any oily residue behind for fear of ruining its surface.


All you need is white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Using a lint-free cloth, dab a little vinegar on the cloth, adding more to it depending on the size of the object. Like the previous step, buff the surface of the object using small circular motions to help it absorb. Use a damp cloth to wipe off any residual vinegar.

Commercial Polish and Cleaners

Specially formulated cleaners and polishes are available in stores. Apply them on the objects using a soft cloth, following the directions of use mentioned on the product. You can take a look at these homemade cleaner recipes, for additional ideas on how to use household ingredients.