It’s been confirmed that the COVID-19 coronavirus can live on a stainless steel surface for up to three days. Therefore, it’s important to properly clean stainless steel equipment regularly to ensure all bacteria and viruses are killed.

Cleaners and polishers are great for keeping your stainless steel prep surfaces looking sleek; however, they are not disinfectants strong enough to kill the virus. Furthermore, using bleach is not a recommended method as it can corrode the stainless steel surface over time.

The best method to ensure your stainless steel surface is free of bacteria and viruses is disinfecting with isopropyl alcohol (AKA, rubbing alcohol). Follow these steps to ensure your stainless steel work surfaces are thoroughly disinfected.

Disinfecting a stainless steel work surface for successfully killing viruses and bacteria using isopropyl alcohol.

Step by Step Instructions for Killing the Coronavirus on Stainless Steel Surfaces

Step 1: Fill a clean, empty spray bottle with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)

Step 2: Spray stainless steel surfaces with the alcohol

Step 3: Let sit for twenty minutes

Step 4: Moisten a clean cloth with isopropyl alcohol and use it to wipe down the surfaces

Step 5: Dry the stainless steel surface with a clean cloth