Stainless steel appliances became incredibly popular in the 2000’s, and have shown no signs of slowing down in popularity.
And, for good reasons.
Stainless steel is not just a metal alloy that looks chic and modern; it’s resistant to stains, corrosion, and bacteria, and can handle just about any amount of kitchen heat, splatter, or spills.
But despite these benefits of having stainless appliances, anyone who owns them knows how quickly they show every smudge and fingerprint. Thankfully, there are ways you can clean your stainless-steel appliances, that not only keeps them shiny and clean, but also helps extend their life.
A simple mix of dish soap and water is sufficient to clean your stainless appliances. However, it’s important to go with the grain of the steel, the same as you would with wood. Use a cotton cloth to avoid lint build-up, and wipe with the grain, so you have fewer streaks.
Next, dab a few drops of mineral or baby oil on a second cotton cloth, and rub with the grain. This will give it a nice extra shine.
No need to dilute your vinegar (although you can, if you’d like). Spray or otherwise apply white vinegar to your appliance, and use a microfiber or cotton cloth to wipe with the grain to remove any debris. You can also follow up with some olive oil, to have a nice shiny finish.
Glass cleaner works well to remove stubborn fingerprints from stainless surfaces. It’s better to spray the glass cleaner directly on your cloth, rather than on the appliance, to resist drip marks. Rub the fingerprints in a circular motion. Follow up with a wipe with the grain to remove any smudges.
While more expensive, sometimes stainless-steel appliances need a deeper clean, such as when there are minor scratches or stains on the surface. When using a commercial stainless cleaner, follow the instructions provided and be sure to rinse your appliances thoroughly, to remove any residue.
While stainless steel appliances continue to be a popular choice for today’s kitchens, they can be made to last even longer with proper care and maintenance. Be sure to clean your stainless appliances regularly, to ensure they last longer and look great.