5 Tips for Cleaning Stainless Steel

Pour some rubbing alcohol or other chemical solvents

Sometimes, you may notice a sticky film on your stovetop, hood, or grill that appears when the stainless steel comes into contact with grease from cooking or other contaminants. While grease or other soils may not be corrosive, they may compromise the availability of the stainless steel surface to maintain passivity (the ability to prevent corrosion).

To clean, simply pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a soft cloth and rub until the greasy spots disappear. As with the other methods, be sure to rinse off the alcohol with warm water and dry the stainless steel to make it gleam like new!

Related Articles


  • DoItYourself.com. "Cleaning Stainless Steel FAQs." (Nov. 14, 2010)http://www.doityourself.com/stry/stainlesssteel.
  • Martha Stewart Living. "Cleaning Stainless Steel." April 2006. (Nov. 15, 2010)http://www.marthastewart.com/article/cleaning-stainless-steel?comments_page=1
  • The Specialty Steel Industry of North America. "The Care and Cleaning of Stainless Steel"(Nov. 14, 2010)http://www.ssina.com/download_a_file/cleaning.pdf.


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