What the best thing to clean stainless steel with?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by HotFudge, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. HotFudge

    HotFudge New Member

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    My multitool has rust residue and caked-on dirt on the wirecutters and all kinds of s*** on the blade. I'd like to get it off of there.
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Oil and a brush
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    OOOO steel wool and plenty of light oil or solvent.
     
  4. triggernomic

    triggernomic New Member

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    If you want to keep it looking good don't use an abrasive brush or steel wool. Just use water and dish detergent for regular cleaning and towel dry. If it is getting dark spots use ammonia. Make sure you rinse well afterwards and dry it completely.

    If that still doesn't do the trick, there are specialized stainless cleaners. If you use an abrasive brush it will leave nasty scratches all over it.
     
  5. DougB

    DougB New Member

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    I wipe down my Leatherman and knife blades occasionally with Hoppes #9. Even keeps the "blue steel" on some of my older knives lookin' good.
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    OOOO (four ought) steel wool will not scratch the steel. The rust you are removing is more abrasive than the steel wool. That is why you use it wet with solvent or light oil to flush away the rust you are removing.

    This method works well with blued steel too.