Various Ways to Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances
Stainless steel appliances are becoming more and more popular these days. I plan on replacing my crummy white and black appliances with stainless steel as soon as they actually need replacing. Stainless steel gives a sleek look to any kitchen, but the problem is they need to be cleaned often; otherwise, they just look dirty. So, what’s the best way to care for your stainless steel appliances? I did some research and here is what I came up with.
Cloth & Water
First and foremost, as with most household items, routine cleaning is the best way to keep your stainless steel appliances looking great. Stainless steel only remains “stainless” as long as the finish stays intact. Dirt and neglect can damage the steel, resulting in corrosion and rusting. Warm water and a cloth is all you need to protect your investment and keep dirt from building up. Make sure to wipe in the direction of any polish lines and dry with a fresh towel or cloth to avoid water spots. Microfiber towels are a great choice for cleaning and drying.
Mild Dish Washing Liquid & Cloth
When you need a little more muscle, try a mild dish washing liquid with warm water and a cloth. Follow the same steps you would if you were just using water and a cloth, but make sure you rinse the soap thoroughly to prevent spots or stains.
While many will blame fingerprints on the little people they live with, even big people can smudge a refrigerator or oven door. Regardless who the culprit is, fingerprints can be removed easily with household glass cleaner. A little goes a long way, so a couple of sprays should do the trick. As with the previous cleaning methods, be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel.
Stainless Steel Cleaner
If you’ve neglected your stainless steel appliances by skipping the first 3 cleaning methods, don’t despair; there is still hope in the form of stainless steel cleaner. Stainless steel cleaner is an effective option for polishing as well as minimizing scratches and removing stains. Make sure to follow the directions and test on a hidden spot before use. And, as always, rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
Stainless steel appliances may need a little more routine cleaning than other types of appliances, but as I sit here staring at my very ugly appliances that I am afraid will never need to be replaced, I don’t think I’ll mind the extra work.