Stainless steel appliances are one of the hottest kitchen trends of the past few years, and for good reason. Stainless steel matches all décor, it’s ultra-modern, sleek, and it stays looking brand new for years! On the other hand, it’s also notorious for showing off every single streak and fingerprint if left unattended.
Fortunately, we’ve rounded up this list of tips to keeping your stainless steel appliances clean so they always look as shiny as they did on the day you bought them!
Traditional paper towel and dish rags won’t do the trick when it comes to stainless steel, and will just leave it streakier than when you began! Invest in a couple micro fiber cloths to use when cleaning, and your appliances will stay shiny and new.
Go With the Grain
Anytime you wipe something off of stainless steel, it’s important to follow the grain of the surface. Otherwise you’ll not only experience streaking, but dust particles will get caught in the surface as well.
It’s not just for glass, folks! Window cleaners are an affordable and safe way to remove most smudges and spills from your stainless steel appliances. No need to over do it, a few sprays and a good wipe or two will usually do the trick. Any more than that will just lead to more streaks than you started with.
It might sound counterproductive to remove the oil of fingerprints with even more oil, but trust us. It works! Rub a bit of mineral or baby oil over the streak, and absorb any extra residue with a dry cloth.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly or even homemade option, there are plenty of ways to skip out on the stronger store bought chemicals. The easiest, cheapest, and most accessible option? Vinegar. There’s no need to dilute it, just transfer it to a spray bottle, and use it the same way as any other all-purpose cleaner. You can always add essential oils or lemon juice to cut some of the tangy vinegar smell.
Another option for those tough-to-budge spots is baking soda! Mix it with a bit of water to make a paste-like substance, and give it a good rub onto surface stains with a damp rag or dish brush. Once all dirt is removed, rinse it off thoroughly with water, shine it up with some vinegar if you wish, and dry it of with your micro fiber cloth.
We guarantee you’ll be shocked at how dazzling your stainless appliances are!