How to Clean a Stainless Steel Worktop

Food service facilities and households use stainless steel worktops, since these countertops are durable, hygienic and resistant to water and heat. Stainless steel worktops will not fade, chip, stain or rust, and they require little maintenance. As with all countertops, dirt, microorganisms and food debris collect on stainless steel worktops. Frequently cleaning a stainless steel worktop removes fingerprints, kills bacteria and keeps the surface looking new. Certain cleaning solutions are effective at cleaning stainless steel worktops.

Pour 1 cup of vinegar into a small cleaning bucket. Add 1 cup of water to the bucket to dilute the vinegar.

Dampen a cleaning rag in the vinegar solution. Wipe the cleaning rag over the entire stainless steel worktop.

Dampen another cleaning rag with warm water. Wipe the dampened rag over the entire worktop to rinse away the vinegar solution.

Dry the worktop with a microfiber cloth. Remove any scratches in the stainless steel by rubbing a nonabrasive pad in the direction of the polish lines.


Use baking soda or liquid dish detergent instead of vinegar and water.


Do not use chlorine or bleach cleaners on the stainless steel; they can damage stainless steel. Do not use steel wool on stainless steel worktops; the stainless steel may rust.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Small cleaning bucket
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cleaning rags
  • Warm water
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Nonabrasive pad
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