What To Look for in a Stainless Steel Cleaner

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Stainless steel is one of the most popular materials used in modern kitchens, thanks to its sleek and contemporary appearance and its relative ease of care. Though stainless steel surfaces are durable and versatile, investing in a high-quality stainless steel cleaner is key to keeping them in great condition.

The Importance of Cleaning Stainless Steel

Stainless steel was once mainly found in restaurant kitchens but has transitioned into residences due to its resistance to stains and tolerance of heat. Yet keeping stainless steel looking its best can pose a challenge. Fingerprints, water spots, and smudges are all too common, particularly on high-touch surfaces like countertops, oven handles and door knobs.

Regularly cleaning stainless steel is key to preserving its integrity and preventing corrosion. Over time, stainless steel can become discolored or develop a dull appearance if not properly cared for. To keep your stainless steel appliances, cookware, and surfaces looking their best, it's essential to use the right cleaner. But with so many options available, it can be difficult to determine what to look for. Below, we break down the top qualities to look for when selecting a stainless steel cleaner.

Stainless steel appliances cleaned by a stainless steel cleaner


Stainless steel is known for its corrosion resistance. In other words, when properly cared for, stainless steel can prevent rust. This is because stainless steel is composed of about 50% iron and 10-30% chromium. Chromium reacts with oxygen to create a surface layer called chromium oxide, a compound that blocks the formation of rust. Scratching or scrubbing your stainless steel can remove this layer of chromium oxide over time and eliminate this ability to prevent rust. Above all, make sure to avoid bleach and chlorine products.
It is crucial to choose a cleaner that is chemically non-abrasive, such as Guardsman's® Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish. Our 3-in-1 formula cleans, polishes and protects without corroding the stainless steel. It is safe for regular use and doesn’t contain acidic or abrasive ingredients.

When cleaning stainless steel, be sure to avoid using rough towels or abrasive pads that can damage the surface or corrode the chromium oxide. Instead, opt for a gentle yet effective material designed to lift dirt and dust without scratching the surface.

Some cleaners contain harsh chemicals, like phosphates and ammonia, that can be harmful to not only the stainless steel but also your health and the environment. Even common household products can damage stainless steel due to their ammonia content. Granite Gold® All-Surface Wipes and 24-ounce spray, which can also be used on stainless steel, do not contain phosphates or ammonia.

Properly Removes Grease and Grime

When selecting a stainless steel cleaner, choose an option that effectively removes surface build-up. Over time, grease, fingerprints and other residues can accumulate and dull the luster of your stainless steel. Regular cleaning can remove these substances and keep your surface from succumbing to corrosion. What’s more, grease and grime can harbor bacteria, germs and other contaminants, particularly in areas like kitchens. Proper cleaning of your stainless steel can reduce the risk of cross-contamination and promote overall cleanliness in your home. 

Convenient Application

A good stainless steel cleaner should be easy to use. Look for a cleaner that comes in a spray bottle or a container with a convenient dispenser. Additionally, the cleaner should be easy to apply and require minimal effort to remove. To use our Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish, simply shake, spray and wipe away. 


Consider choosing a stainless steel cleaner that can be used on a variety of surfaces. This way, you can use the same cleaner for your appliances, cookware, and other stainless steel surfaces, making it a more versatile and cost-effective option. Our All-Surface Cleaner can be used not only on stainless steel but also on stone surfaces, glass, mirrors, brass and cooktops. Not only can this cleaner keep your stainless steel gleaming, but it can also protect any nearby natural stone surfaces from overspray damage, a quality most cleaners don't possess.


Finally, make sure to look for a stainless steel cleaner that leaves no residue. Residue can build up over time, making your stainless steel surfaces look dull and dirty. A good cleaner should leave your stainless steel surfaces looking clean and shiny, without any leftover residue. All Granite Gold® and Guardsman® products are streak-free to ensure your surfaces shine to their fullest extent.

In conclusion, when looking for a stainless steel cleaner, consider its effectiveness, non-abrasiveness, ease of use, multi-purpose capability and residue-free qualities. By choosing the right cleaner, you can keep your stainless steel looking its best for years to come.

Help Your Stainless Steel Shine with Granite Gold® Inc.

With The Granite Gold Company, maintaining your stainless steel has never been easier. As pioneers in stone, furniture and other surface protection, Granite Gold® and Guardsman® can keep your stainless steel looking brand new for years to come. 

Check out our line of Guardsman® products today!


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