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How To Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances

Are Your Stainless Steel Appliances In Need Of Some Cleaning Magic?

Despite how quickly it gets marked, stainless steel is surprisingly easy to clean, especially if you wipe it with a cleaner and microfibre cloth made specifically for this finish. Stainless steel appliance cleaners are formulated to dissolve grease without scratching and many leave behind a protective coating to help deter future fingerprints. Water spots, fingerprints, and smudges are so distracting in the kitchen, and they build up fast. Before they drive you crazy, here is how to clean stainless steel appliances and wipe away marks and dark water stains.

How to Get Streaks off Stainless Steel Appliances

While you can use dish soap or mineral oil to remove marks and fingerprints, the easiest way to bring back your appliance's natural shine is by using cleaners formulated specifically for stainless steel. On top of that, look for a cleaner with a protectant to help repel soil and fingerprints. That way you may not have to clean your appliances as frequently.Regardless of what kind of stainless steel cleaner you're using, make sure to apply it according to package directions and wipe in the direction of the metal's grain. Streaks are usually the result of wiping against the grain or in a circular motion, using the wrong or a dirty cloth, not using enough cleaner to dissolve greasy film or not buffing thoroughly enough after cleaning. For added shine, buff the entire surface well afterward with a clean microfibre cloth.

How to Clean Rust off of Stainless Steel Appliances

If the finished layer on your appliance has been damaged and rust spots are starting to form, dip a damp cloth in a little baking soda and rub lightly to remove the rust. Wipe clean, apply a stainless steel polish to the area and buff to blend.

DIY Spot Cleaners for Stainless Steel Appliances

  • Dish Soap: Mix 1 teaspoon of a good grease-cutting dish detergent, and 1 quarter of hot tap water. Dip a microfibre cloth into the solution and rub the marks, going with the metal’s grain. Rinse with clean hot water only and dry immediately with a clean cloth. This technique can also be used to remove any buildup left behind by other cleaning products.

  • Mineral Oil: To quickly erase and deter fingerprints, apply a very, very light coating and buff very well to avoid any tacky buildup. Whatever you do, stay away from food-based oils, including vegetable and olive oil, as they can turn rancid.

  • Window Cleaner: Spray a dry cloth with an ammonia-free and vinegar-free glass cleaner, and then wipe the surface clean. Buff with a clean dry cloth.

Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaning Don'ts!

  • Avoid abrasive scouring powders, scrubbers, bleach and ammonia to keep from damaging the finish.

  • Never wipe stainless steel against the metal’s grain. Always wipe with the grain to prevent streaking.

  • Try not to let your stainless steel appliances to air dry after cleaning. Buffing them with a clean microfibre cloth minimises streaks and restores the magic.

When in doubt, checking your appliance makers’ website for cleaning instructions and spot testing your chosen cleaning method on a small, hidden corner of your appliance is always a good idea to try first.

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