Stainless steel is known for its ability to be a clean surface that resists corrosion and rust. However, dirt and grime from driving can build up resulting in dull-looking exhaust tips. Luckily, stainless steel responds well to cleaning, never wearing out as long as certain rules are followed.
- Water and a cloth.
Routine cleaning can be accomplished by using warm water and a cloth. This is the least risky option for cleaning stainless steel. Dry with a towel or cloth to prevent water spots. Wipe in the directions of the polish lines. This option may not do the job, depending on how much build-up has occurred.
- Mild detergent, (dish washing liquid) and cloth.
For cleaning that needs more power, mild detergent and warm water can do a great job without damaging the stainless steel. Make sure you rinse the surface thoroughly to prevent staining and spotting. Towel dry to prevent water spots which can be caused by minerals in water.
- Glass cleaner for fingerprints.
Fingerprints are one of the biggest complaints about stainless steel, but can be taken care by using glass cleaner or household ammonia. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
- Stainless Steel Cleaner.
If you've had staining or scratching, or need to polish your stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option. Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. They also can polish stainless steel surfaces nicely. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
- NEVER USE CHROME POLISH on your stainless steel tips. Chrome polish is acid-based and will leave a foggy haze.
- NEVER USE SCOURING POWDERS OR STEEL WOOL as they will scratch stainless steel.