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pet food bowlI have always preferred to feed my dog from a stainless steel bowl. The reasons for that are because stainless steel does not provide a porous surface for bacteria to hide in and stainless steel is so very easy to clean. Additionally, stainless steel bowls are nearly indestructible and they won't break your toes if you accidentally kick them in the middle of the night, but they make a heck of a lot of noise if that happens.

The down side is that if your dog is an aggressive eater, stainless steel bowls are fairly light and Fido may well be pushing that bowl all over the house while finishing his meal. This can actually be quite humorous if you have put something sticky in it.

Every now and then, stainless steel bowls can use a good revitalization to get them looking nice again. Hard water deposits, scuffs and light scratches can leave Fluffy's bowl looking a little tired and worn. If you want to make that dog bowl bright and shiny again to impress the in-laws, here's an easy process to get the job done.

Start by washing the bowl just like you'd wash all your other dishes. You may want to wash it separately because it is, after all, a dog bowl. After you have washed it, begin the revitalization process by scrubbing the bowl with a mildly abrasive cleanser such as Comet. Use a fine steel wool pad similar to an SOS pad and scrub following the direction of the "grain" of the metal. All your cleaning strokes should go around the bowl, not from top to bottom.

After you have gone around the bowl a few times inside and out with the fine steel wool pad, rinse the bowl out and apply some more cleanser. Now use heavy steel wool similar to the stuff used in professional kitchens. You can buy it at any grocery or discount store. Scrub in the same manner as you did the first scrub phase, always going around the bowl in the direction of the grain. After you have gone around the bowl a couple times in this manner, rinse the bowl, do another couple rounds with the fine steel wool, rinse one last time and you're done!

After this cleaning and polishing process is done, your dog's bowl will look so good, old Duke might just think you made a mistake and gave him something you intended to eat yourself! Although this tip will work very nicely for stainless steel pet bowls, I do not recommend this cleaning process for other stainless steel items such as sinks or appliances. To clean and recondition those items when they need it, please consult with the dealer or manufacturer of your particular item.

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