Stainless steel rust

14 Apr 2010
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West Midlands
United Kingdom
Hi all

I have a serious rust problem with my stainless steel cooker hood. Around 90% of my cooker hood surface is stainless steel.

At first, about half of the cooker hood becomes rusty, because of the wrong cleaning product. I then cleaned the rust a few times, but the rust still came back. I heard it should recover itself after cleaning but it is not the case here.
Slowly the whole cooker hood is rusty. I would say about 80% has rust! Recently I cleaned it using organic cleaner - vinegar and baking soda. It only last 2 weeks before it gets rusty again. I think it's getting worse!

What can I do to recover my cooker hood?
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After cleaning it, are you applying some stainless steel oil? That should help, but I have found once you have damaged the surface, it's never the same :(
why did you decide to use acid (vinegar) on it? What other products have you used?

use a green nylon scourer and washing up liquid, wipe with a clean damp cloth.

Only use the scourer in the direction of the brushing, never in circles.
Sorry but your "stainless steel" cooker hood must have been made from a poor quality stainless.
Look at your sink, that doesn't rust.
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As above....its the poorest quality possible with minimum chromium.
Test it with a magnet to tell.
I doubt if you'll recover this one too well, unfortunately.
John :)
Try baby oil, apply and buff it off, I kid you not! :D
Mrs footprints used it on ours as you buff it off there is little residue left.
Sadly she only used it on the stainless steel ;)
Ok, I have used carrying oit (for massage usually). The cooker hood gains its shine after application. I will see how long it last. I heard someone said use car wax. If oil failed I will try car wax and see how long it will last.

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