Appliances are expensive. It’s important to keep them in tip-top condition. Learn how to clean stainless steel to make your appliances look good as new.
Stainless steel is a very desirable appliance finish for many people (myself included). I love that they have a nice seamless clean look. Stainless steel appliances are pretty universal and look amazing in pretty much any setting. At least that’s the case when they are clean. Thankfully, cleaning stainless steel is pretty easy. Here are some of my favorite tips about how to clean stainless steel.
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How to clean stainless steel tips
When it comes to regular cleaning plain warm water and a soft cloth can do just as much as many other cleaning methods.
A very gentle plain dish soap is fantastic for removing the grime. Yet, it is gentle enough to leave your appliance in great shape (even after multiple cleanings).
White vinegar can be used at full strength. You can either pour it directly onto the surface or, apply it to a cloth. Vinegar will work well for cut through grime but, it may take a few passes before it is completely clean.
Club soda does double duty when it comes to cleaning your stainless steel appliances. Not only will it clean them but, it will also provide the polishing effect. Simply spray some club soda directly on the appliance and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
How to remove fingerprints from stainless steel appliances
Stainless steel appliances always seem to be covered in fingerprints. If this is the only thing you need to clean off, glass cleaner will do the trick. Just spray the cleaner on a soft cloth and buff the fingerprints out using a circular motion.
There are plenty of stainless steel cleaners on the market today. The commercial cleaners clean and polish all in one but, the price compared to all the other options is pretty steep. However, if other cleaners haven’t worked to remove a stain these may be your best option.
Additional stainless steel cleaning tips
The best cloths to use are soft 100% cotton ones as they will leave the least amount of lint residue. Other cloths will clean very well but leave more lint behind.
To keep water spots at bay, you need to completely dry the stainless steel as soon as you are done wiping it down.
It may be hard to notice but even stainless steel has a grain (much like wood). It won’t do any damage if you clean against the grain. Cleaning with the grain is going to give you a deeper clean opposed to cleaning against it. This is because the cleaning solution can get deeper into the crevices of the grain. Not to mention since it is cleaner, you will get a better shine out of it.
Remember that each individual piece may have a separate grain. So your handle may be different than the main door.
If cleaning your stainless steel appliances has left them looking dull, using mineral oil or olive oil to polish your stainless steel appliances will give them that beautiful flawless shine back. Make sure to not leave any excess oil sitting on your appliance as it can make it harder to clean later.
No matter which option you decide is best to use on your stainless steel appliances, it will certainly take some elbow grease. The best way to keep your stainless steel appliances looking their absolute best is to keep up with their routine cleaning. If you can keep them clean using any of these methods, they are sure to last (and look great) for a long time.