Have you ever wondered how to keep your stainless steel pots and pans looking shiny and new? We’ll show you how with these simple steps.
Step One: Clean the Cookware
You will want to use a dishwashing detergent, warm water, and a soft bristled scrubbing brush or non abrasive sponge to make sure the inside and outside are clean.
If you’ve got burnt on food or scorch marks, you might like to check out this guide on how to give your stainless steel cookware a deep and thorough cleaning.
Step Two: Dry The Pans Well After Washing
Make sure your pans are completely dry before moving on to the next step. Dry them with a clean, lint free tea towel. Don’t leave them to dry naturally or you might get water spots.
Step Four: Apply Oil (Or Toothpaste)To The Pan
Use a soft cloth or paper towel to apply a small amount of oil (or toothpaste) to all surfaces of the pan – both inside and out.
Step Five: Rub In The Oil
Keep rubbing or buffing until there’s not much left on the surface, then wipe the pan down with a clean cotton cloth to remove the excess oil and reveal a shinier stainless steel surface. If you used toothpaste you’ll want to give it a quick rinse before drying.
Step Five: Repeat The Process
If you want to maintain your pans and keep them looking shiny, repeat this process at least once a week.
Tips For Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Pans
Make sure to follow these tips for maintaining your stainless steel pan’s shine:
- Never use a harsh abrasive or detergent when cleaning the surface of your pans.
- Only use wooden or plastic utensils on them – check out this guide for the best cooking utensils to use on your stainless steel pans.
- Avoid soaking them for long periods of time.
- Dry them straight after washing to avoid mold and rust and prevent water spots.
- Never bang them together.
- Wash with warm, soapy water instead of hot.
How Often Should You Polish Stainless Steel Pans?
You can polish your stainless steel pans as much or as little as you like but if you are going to maintain that shiny, showroom new look, you should try and do it at least once a week or whenever they begin to look dull again. Regularly cleaning and polishing your pan will make sure that it stays shiny for years to come.
If it all seems too much, don’t worry, your stainless steel pans will still function well without that brand new shine to them but, it’s good to know that there is a way to restore your pans back to their former glory with a quick and easy polish.