Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Caron & Doucet Cuisine Stainless Steel Polish Review

I am all about some stainless steel in the kitchen. My appliances are not stainless steel but, that's only because the ones we purchased with our house in 2007 are all still running well. However, my knives, appliances, coffee pot and, anything else I buy these days, tend to be stainless steel. My only drawback is trying to figure out how to clean stainless steel; removing streaks, finger prints, smudges and other stains.

Needless to say, when I was given the opportunity to review the Caron & Doucet Cuisine Stainless Steel Polish I jumped on it. Best of all, it's a coconut oil polish and doesn't include harsh chemicals, which is great considering that most of my stainless steel cleaning is related to the kitchen appliances and utensils.

About the Caron & Doucet Cuisine Stainless Steel Polish

Caron & Doucet Cuisine Stainless Steel Polish is a natural plant-based, chemical free polish that is safe for use on nearly any stainless steel product, including kitchen gadgets and appliances. 
  • 100% natural, non-toxic and non-corrosive
  • Safe and easy to use
  • Restore the original sheen of stainless steel and chrome kitchen appliances
  • Creates a protective barrier that repels fingerprints and streaks
  • Safe around food and children
Directions for Use:
Apply a small amount to a clean, soft cloth and wipe evenly across the entire surface until all reside is gone. 

My Review of the Caron & Doucet Cuisine Stainless Steel Polish

I was very excited to try the sample of Caron & Doucet Cuisine Stainless Steel Polish because, as I mentioned earlier, I have a lot of stainless steel gadgets, small appliances and an expensive coffee pot with a stainless steel carafe. 

I really liked the fact that it is made of natural ingredients instead of harsh (and sometimes dangerous) chemicals. I first used it on my coffee pot and immediately noticed the fresh, citrus smell and was quite surprised at how good it smelled. (Really, it smells great!)

I did love the fact that I was able to polish my carafe with very little effort. While it wasn't tarnished or extremely dirty, the stainless steel did shine like it was brand new after I polished it. Then, I went on to my bread box, my toaster oven, and a few other small appliances. Mind you, they were not stained or tarnished, but they did have smudge marks and had lost their shine due to all the washing and normal use. (I'm bad about polishing things... can't find the time.)

Be sure that when you are using the polish to only apply a small amount because a little goes a long way with this product. And, as directed, apply it to a soft cloth and avoid spraying the stainless steel directly to prevent too much polish, or else you end up having to get a new cloth and wipe of the excess and since it's oil-based it can take a little while to get it all off. Trust me- I did this the first time. 

There was one thing that bothered me about this product... 
The description on the bottle and on the  online product information both state that the product "restores original sheen". Be aware that it only restores that pretty sheen if it is not tarnished! This product does not restore the original sheen if it has been tarnished! 

I was under the impression that it would restore it- which means to take it back to it's original state. However, it does not really restore it. It does POLISH it like it says, but I would not consider this a restoration product by any means! Think of Pledge- the wood polish. It doesn't really restore the product but does leave it nice and shiney and add a protective coating. That's kind of how this polish works. Again, it is called a polish so it was a misconception on my behalf due to it stating that it "restores". Had it not said that, I would have no complaints because I would have never expected such.

Needless to say, I was slightly disappointed. While it did remove a lot of the tarnish on a meat grinder plate that had slightly tarnished it didn't "restore" it by any means! (I soaked it in bleach water overnight. Hey, I didn't know any better at the time and I wanted to make sure it was sterilized!)

I also tried a stainless steel mallet that was put in the dishwasher (Hubby's fault) and a few of my Rada knives that have stainless steel handles. All had a little tarnish from use over the years without proper washing and drying.  While it did remove a lot of the tarnish,  I never came close to getting it back to the original sheen! So, be aware that this does not actually restore it. 

If you are looking for a great stainless steel polish that will leave your stainless steel looking shiny and protect it from fingerprints and smudges then this product is great! If you are looking to restore stainless steel that has tarnished- even the slightest little bit, do not consider this product as it will not work for restoring it from the tarnished stage. 

Overall, I'm happy with it as a polish and will continue to use the product and even recommend it. I would not, however recommend it as a restoration product.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. I did not receive compensation for this post. However, the post does contain affiliate links. 

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