I’m always looking for new tips on taking care of my Revere Ware and so when I saw a book recently at a yard sale entitled Fast Fixes and Simple Solutions, Surprising Uses for Ordinary Household Items, I of course picked it up. And it has a few suggestions for cleaning stainless steel, mostly for sinks, but they should apply to Revere Ware stainless as well.
Add sparkle to your sink. Make your stainless steel sink shine like the chrome on an old Cadillac. At the end of a hard day,
pour some club soda or white vinegar on a cloth and give your sink a good rubdown. Then dry it with a clean cloth to prevent streaks.
Wipe off water spots. Why do they call it stainless steel if it can get water spots? Instead of thinking about the answer to this question, just make your steel stainless again. Dampen a soft, clean cloth with white vinegar and wipe. When you’re happy with the results, dry your sink to avoid streaks.
Snuff out a rust-stained sink. Lighter fluid can rub out rust stains in your stainless steel sink. Just remember one thing. It’s important for safety’s sake to rinse the sink and your hands after handling the lighter fluid.
Conquer stainless steel stains. Heavy-duty stains on your stainless steel sink might need a heavy-duty fix. Try rubbing an
ammonia and water solution on the stain. If this doesn’t work, make your own cleanser by combining borax and lemon juice. But remember – always be careful with borax. It’s toxic.
Rehabilitate a scratched sink. Ifharsh cleaners and chemicals have damaged your stainless steel sink, head to your local auto parts store and buy chrome polish. With a little bit ofelbow grease and a dab of polish, you can return your sink to its original luster.
The chrome polish in particular has me wondering. I haven’t tried any of these yet. If you have, please let us know how well they work in the comments.
Along the same vein, they had a couple of copper cleaning tricks.
Kiss tarnish goodbye. Use a tangy salad ingredient and salt to shine tarnished brass and copper – not harsh chemicals. Salt and vinegar, mixed into a paste, make an excellent metal cleaner.
Polish your copper with ketchup. Ketchup makes your copper gleam better than expensive polishes. Simply mix ketchup
and water in equal parts. Apply it to your copper with a soft cloth and wipe off. It’s that simple.
I’ve tried both of these solutions, and they do work, but I personally find a paste copper cleaner to be must easier to use and better at cleaning the really tarnished stuff.