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How to Clean Stainless Steel Splashback

Stainless steel splashbacks are a popular choice both among homeowners and professional kitchen owners. This is easily understandable as stainless steel is exceptionally resistant to rust and corrosion due to its tough protective film. Moreover, stainless steel has a non-porous surface, which means that no bacteria can make their way through existing cracks. However, stainless steel splashbacks can also be easily damaged if not taken care of properly.

You need to know that regular maintenance is very important if you want a surface free of grease build-up. But don’t let that worry you, there are plenty of simple ways in which you can clean your splashback and prolong its life. While there are many cleaning products available, we suggest using natural cleaning methods that are chloride-free and won’t harm the stainless steel.

So, if you:

  • Are wondering how to clean your greasy stainless steel splashback; 
  • Don’t know what cleaning products to use;
  • Want to know how to maintain and keep your splashback clean;

Then, read on!

What products you will need

Before rolling up your sleeves, you need to make sure you have all the necessary tools and products. Frankly, that is not difficult as most of the products can be found in every common kitchen.

  • White vinegar;
  • Empty spray bottle;
  • Lint-free cloth/paper towels;
  • Olive oil;
  • Baking soda;
  • Liquid dish soap;
  • Stainless steel cleaner.
Warning! Never use silver dip polishes to clean stainless steel because they can cause corrosion, nor use abrasive cloths because they can scratch the surface.

How to clean stainless steel splashback?

There are several techniques to clean a stainless steel splashback using easy to find home remedies. Once you make sure you have the right products, it’s time to get to work. Here we suggest three main methods that can get your stainless steel splashback as clean as the day you first installed it.

Method 1. Cleaning with vinegar

White vinegar and apple cider vinegar do miracles when it comes to stubborn stains. They can break down bacteria and grease and make a surface sparking clean again. To clean your splashback:

  • Pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into an empty spray bottle, then spray the solution on the splashback. Don’t restrain yourself from spraying extensively.
  • Let the solution sit for a few minutes, after which wipe clean in the direction of the grain using the cloth or paper towels.
Pro tip: For a glossy finish, after cleaning the splashback, use a soft cloth to apply a thin layer of olive oil but be careful not to make the surface too oily.
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Method 2. Using baking soda

Every housekeeper knows that baking soda is good not only for cooking. Similarly to vinegar, baking soda can break down stuck-on grease. Even the most challenging stains don’t stand a chance.

  • Make a cleaning paste by mixing baking soda with water, or even better with liquid dish soap.
  • Apply the paste to a clean, lint-free cloth and rub gently in the direction of the grain.
  • Lastly, rinse with a damp cloth or towel and wipe it dry to avoid water markings.

Check our helpful guide if you want to learn how to clean stainless steel cutlery with baking soda.

Method 3. Stainless steel cleaner

If your cooker splashback is in a visibly bad shape and neither of the above-mentioned methods works, you can also turn to specialised stainless steel cleaning products for help. As those kinds of cleaners are powerful, you shouldn’t leave them on the splashback for long. This can cause discolouration in the steel. After you apply them on the splashback, following the instructions on the product’s back, rinse thoroughly and wipe dry.

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How to maintain and keep stainless steel splashback clean

We all know that if a surface is properly maintained and regularly cleaned, the later on thorough cleaning will be easier, faster and won’t be necessary as often. That is why we recommend regular maintenance with silicone oil.

To keep your stainless steel splashback shiny and free of filth for longer, apply a cleaner that contains silicone oil after every time your splashback becomes a target of grease splashes.

Stainless steel splashbacks have a clearly visible grain direction. So another important thing to always keep in mind is to follow that direction when wiping the surface clean. Otherwise, you risk scratching the steel and damaging its properties.

Book a professional service

Even though cleaning stainless steel splashback can be easy with the right tools and skills, some stains can be tough to remove and time-consuming. In moments like this, you should consider booking a professional service, especially if you don’t have a lot of free time to clean yourself. Fantastic Services offers a range of oven/splashback cleaning services.

You can rely on expert cleaners that know how to get rid of even the most challenging stains and are always ready to take the weight of cleaning from your shoulders. Contact us now and book a local professional cleaner that will bring your splashback back to life. Moreover, If your kitchen appliances need a deep clean, consider combining both services for wonderful results!

Do you need help cleaning your kitchen splashback?

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Takeaways

  • Stainless steel splashbacks are resistant to corrosion and rust and require proper care to maintain their properties.
  • There are plenty of cleaning products available, but homemade solutions with vinegar or baking soda can also do the work.
  • Regular cleaning with silicon oil can prolong the splashback’s life and make it more resistant to stains.
  • If you don’t have enough time or skills, hire a professional cleaner.

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If you have any questions or you know other useful methods to clean a stainless steel splashback, share them in the comments. We would love to hear from you!

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