Protecting your kitchen appliances from damage is very important, mainly when the machine is in use. When installing new film or removing old film, remember to protect the surface from which it was applied.
When removing old film, avoid pulling on the film or exposing it to excessive heat and/or water as this can break it. Instead, use a cold water rinse and a soft cloth to remove film.
For films such as self-clean or steam cleaning cloths, you can buy smaller pieces of cloth that can be sewn together to create a complete piece. This gives you more control of how much damage you want to remove off of it!
Films are a way that we protect our equipment from damage. As stated before, only use films that are listed as being self-clean or steam cleanable.
Ordering a protective film for your stainless steel appliances
Most large grocery and supermarket chains have a health department-approved film you can buy that will prevent Stainless Steel Appliances from getting heated by ovenTemperature and steam temperature of food it is cooked in the appliance.
These films are usually sold in a set of two, four, or six pieces, which are placed on top of the appliance and then cooked on. The two-piece film does not cover the base of the appliance, but the four-, six-, or twelve-piece covers both the base and edges.
The six-piece covers both the top and bottom of the appliance as well as some reinforcement around the inside to help with protection. The two- and four-pieces do not cover all sides of the device, only what receives heat.
How to properly apply the film
When ordering a protective film for your stainless steel appliances, there are several things to know. Most important is to determine which area of your appliance that the film needs to be applied to.
Generally, the closer to the bottom of the appliance and the more upward it is. This is due to where heat goes in a cooktop and where it goes into a dishwasher.
Parallel to the floor and above it are not used for cooking or Dishwashing, sorry!
The one major difference is that below a cooktop area and above a dishwasher area, they use different materials. There are some very good reasons for this, so pay attention when buying or applying the film.
Keep your stainless steel shiny
As mentioned above, some foods contain aluminium. Examples of these are many canned soups and fruits and vegetables that are packaged with the box.
To prevent this food’s aluminium being mobilised into your appliance, look for products that state no thanks when opened! Many companies do this to preserve the freshness of their products.
If you need to add some extra security, you can use cellophane tape or shoelace/strap covers on your glassware and tableware. These materials may seem fancier but they also help to protect the inside of your dishwasher from any foreign objects that get stuck inside.
Stainless steel is a very durable material. However, if you have children or pets, then armouring your dishwasher with film can help reduce scratches and break-throughs.
Use soap only when necessary
When cleaning or washing your stainless-steel appliances, make sure to use only soap. When drying dishes with a towel, never use the towel itself because it can get stuck in the drying path.
Instead, use a dishrag or an oven-uprosette. Neither of those can handle the amount of moisture items will require while being cooked, so you have to dry them off completely.
This is important: food and drink will stick to the plate and rice may even develop a shine due to excess water being removed. If you want a more rough finish, cook with too much liquid and then dry off the food and drink completely!
We recommend using Johnson’s Baby Oil as a substitute for soap on all surfaces of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, counters, etc. It does not get melted like some other oils might and it protects against bacteria and damage.
Use paper towels instead of towels
When cleaning your stainless steel or aluminum appliances, protect the surface with some kind of film. This prevents dirt and debris from getting into the appliance and ensuring you get full coverage when pressing on the surface.
This film can be liquid, dry, or sticky. The best case scenario is for liquid film, which is para–chloroseb-doped Silganse clay mixed with water.
Do not use sponge brushes to clean surfaces
Sponge brushes can lead to a lot of unnecessary cleaning and repair work. After each brush treatment, the surface may look dirty, and then you have to repeat the process. This is because the sponge in the brush has to be removed and replaced with another one to continue cleaning.
Using a combination of foam and rolled fine steel wool will typically eliminate this problem. The foam protects the surfaces from further cleaning, and the rolled material lifts up the surface to remove dirt.
However, do not use abrasive pads or buffing brushes for this purpose- these would only take away any shine that has been placed on the appliance by the protective film. Instead, use a soft cloth with just enough pressure applied onto the appliance that it comes off.
Use commercial cleaning products with caution
When cleaning your stainless steel appliances, be sure to use the correct product. Some cleaners contain phthalates which are known carcinogens. These additives are sometimes missing from home centers and grocery stores due to regulations, making it necessary to purchase them at specialty food stores or larger grocery stores.
Because of this, some trusted brands of cleaning products have been tested to see if they contain phtalates and found to do the same job as less expensive ones. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly solution, look for companies that do not package their product in a box or box package but just throw it into the water instead.
Also be sure to test each new cleaner on a small area of stainless steel before more heavily coating an entire appliance, as excessive cleaning will lead to scaling and dry spots. Then conclude that this appliance is not safe for very heavy use.
Eliminate fingerprints by using the right cleaning products and techniques
fingerprints can create trail marks in your stainless steel appliances. Using a strong cleanser and being careful with placement and handling prevents this.
Stainless steel is hard to clean. Regular cleaning with a cloth or sponge will not remove all of the dirt and surfaces that have been exposed to oils and fats. If you really want to get down to the metal underneath, you can use a dampened cloth or Sponge under very high pressure for about a minute then removing it.
Using some of the following tips may eliminate the need for a major clean out or for wrapping the appliance in plastic after cleaning.