April 18th, 2016

What to Use to Clean Stainless Steel?

Today’s modern kitchen often displays the crisp style and shine of stainless steel appliances. However, the most stylish designs can quickly look shabby with everyday use. Just opening a refrigerator door can leave messy fingerprints and smudges. What are the best cleaners for stainless steel appliances? What steps can be taken to maintain that elegant shine?

Here are some suggestions on what to use to clean stainless steel.


How Do You Clean Stainless Steel Appliances?

  • Understand that your cleaning technique may be making your appliances look dirtier. Stainless steel has a grain that flows in a particular direction. Take note of the pattern flow and clean in the same direction. If you attempt to polish against the grain, you will move residue into the grooves, instead of away, making the surface appear dull.

 

What is the Best Cleaner for Stainless Steel Appliances?

  • The best way to clean stainless steel is with non-abrasive products you may regularly store in your cabinet. There’s no need to purchase harsh cleaning agents that can eventually cause damage. Simple warm water and soap with a damp cotton or microfiber cloth will remove grime and maintain the steel surface. White vinegar and club soda are more good options for safe clean up, if you choose not to use just soap and water. To restore shine after cleaning, buff toward the grain using olive or mineral oil.


What is the Best Cleaner for a Stainless Steel Sink?

  • It sounds odd and messy, but the best way to clean and polish your stainless sink is with plain flour. The powder absorbs ground in dirt, but you must be sure the sink is completely dry. This method will only result in a mess on your other stainless steel appliances so save the flour for the sink only. (A mixture of baking soda and water will also clean your sink safely.)

With all cleaning agents, always use a cotton or microfiber cloth to avoid scratching your stainless steel appliances. Stay away from paper towels or any fibrous cloth that will leave lint or residue. For optimum shine and to avoid spots, always remember to dry your appliances after cleaning.


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