How to Clean: Metal

ramiro-mendes-371655-unsplashKeeping your home clean is an ongoing process. There’s flooring to clean, upholstery to vacuum, and surfaces to polish. No matter how often you clean your home, there’s no denying that some surfaces are more difficult to clean. One of those troublesome materials is metal. When left to get dirty for months on end, it’s tempting to call your Orlando junk removal team to haul it away, but you don’t have to — with a bit of elbow grease, you’ll be able to get that metal surface looking brand new in no time. Here are a few easy tips to help you keep your metal clean.

Make Your Own Stainless Steel Cleaner

Stainless steel is so popular because it’s durable and easy to clean. You don’t even need a store-bought cleaner to keep the surface shiny and spotless! Fill a spray bottle with pure white vinegar and spray the stainless steel surface with the vinegar, then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth. Make sure you wipe with the grain of the metal rather than using circular motions. Once done, dip a clean cloth in oil — baby, olive, and canola all work well. Rub the oil along the grain of the metal, using only a small amount of oil at a time. This will polish the surface and remove any hard water deposits, stains, or grime.

Be Mindful of Copper

There’s no denying that copper is one of the most beautiful metals you can have in the house, but it gets tarnished very quickly and can discolor if exposed to water for too long. Use either a copper-specific cleaner or get rid of tarnish by scouring the metal with a salted lemon. The acidic lemon juice combined with the abrasive salt crystals will blast away tarnish easily. Once done, rinse the surface and dry with a microfiber cloth.

Take Care of Rust Quickly

Rust is corrosive and can do long-term damage to metal furniture, tools, and decorative yard art. Rather than junking those beloved pieces, take care of the rust. To do so, make a paste out of baking soda. The amount of baking soda you need will varies based on the total surface area you’re cleaning. However much you use, only add enough water to form a thick paste. Spread the paste on top of the rusted area and let it sit for at least three hours. Once done, use a toothbrush to scrub away the paste and rinse thoroughly.

If you have furniture or old appliances that can’t be cleaned or just aren’t worth the trouble, let your Orlando junk removal pros at Junk Angel haul it away for you. Call us at 1-888-80ANGEL or fill out a service request form.

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