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How To Clean Stainless Steel Fountain Trim

Posted by Doug Gardner on

If you browse around some of the indoor waterfalls and bubble panels for sale on our site, you’ll notice there are quite a few models which feature stainless steel trim. The Copper Fountain With Stainless Steel Trim is just one of the many models featuring stainless steel.

The combination of a rustic, neutral-colored copper with a silverish border offers a stunning decorative piece that’s perfect for any indoor room. While stainless steel is incredibly strong and durable, it may lose its luster over time. Thankfully, you can restore its appearance by cleaning it.

Avoid Harsh Chemical-Based Steel Cleaning Products

There are literally dozens of different cleaning products designed specifically for stainless steel. While some of these products are able to effectively clean stainless steel surfaces, long-term use may lead to deterioration. A safer, better approach is to use a natural cleaning product. Don’t worry, as we’re going to reveal a few different natural cleaning products that work well for stainless steel.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Remember the vinegar and baking soda volcanoes you used to make back in high school? The combination of a highly acidic element (vinegar) and highly alkaline element (baking soda) creates a chemical reaction that mimics an exploding volcano.

In addition to making volcanoes, you can also use these two ingredients to clean stainless steel trim on water fountains. Place a small amount of vinegar and baking soda into a bowl and mix it together to form a paste-like substance. Next, apply some of the paste to a line-free washcloth or microfiber cloth and gently rub it along the trim in a circular motion. When you are finished, go back over the stainless steel trim with a clean, slightly damp cloth to remove any excess vinegar-baking soda solution.

Dish Soap

Alternatively, you can clean the stainless steel trim on a water fountain using mild dish soap. When you are ready to clean your fountain’s trim, place a couple drops of mild dish soap (I prefer Dawn) on a lint-free cloth and rub it along the surface in a similar clockwise motion. As the soap begins to wear off, reapply a couple more drops to the cloth. Continue doing this until you’ve covered the entire surface of your fountain’s trim.

Again, you’ll want to finish cleaning the stainless steel trim by running a damp washcloth over the surface. This should remove any excess soap lingering on the surface, allowing the trim to shine with beauty.