Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

// March 12th, 2011 // Cleaning Tips, Household Hints

Stainless steel appliances look great in a kitchen, but they are probably the most difficult surfaces to keep looking good if used very much. They show finger prints unlike any other surface and also easily show stains. Here are some quick tips for keeping these appliances looking beautiful.

At the first sign of dirt or prints clean the surface with hot soapy water or Windex and a soft cloth. Do not ever use a cleanser containing bleach or any kind of abrasive like Soft Scrub or Comet.

Also do not use steel wool or steel bristled brushes. Always go with the grain of the metal and don’t scrub across the grain, any sand or dirt could possibly scratch the surface of the appliance even if you’re just using a soft cloth and Windex.

Our preferred stainless steel surface treatment is Wiemans. It is in a steel colored can with a black spray lid. In our experience, Wiemans works better by far on any stainless steel surface whether it be laminated or not – and across any brand name.

All the products at the local grocery store may claim to be stainless steel “cleaners”, but most are just surface treatments and the stainless steel really needs to be wiped off with soapy water or Windex first. So to be safe, always clean the prints and stains off first before you use any of these. If you fail to do this and just spray these treatments on first, all you will do is cover the stain with an oily residue and you’ll still be able to see the offending stains or fingerprints.

If you have existing scratches on your stainless steel appliance you can try a polisher like Cerama but if the scratches are deep at all you will need to have it professionally refinished.

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