Our Top Techniques for Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

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Our Top Techniques for Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

January 16, 2016 - 11:40
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Check out these easy and very affordable strategies for cleaning your stainless steel appliances.

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Stainless steel appliances are very modern and elegant, but not when they are covered in streaks and fingerprints. Fortunately there are easy techniques you are can use to keep your stainless steel looking good as new. All it takes is a few simple things you likely already have in your kitchen. Here are our top techniques for cleaning stainless steel appliances.

One thing you don't want to do when cleaning your stainless steel appliances is use something abrasive like a coarse sponge. Instead use a soft, lint free cloth. Mix hot water with dish washing detergent and wipe the appliances down with it making sure to wipe in the direction of the grain. Start from the top of the appliance. Then rinse with hot water and dry it quickly with a fresh dry cloth. Another combo you can try is baking soda and liquid dish soap. Wipe your appliances down with this paste and then rinse it off and dry it quickly. If neither of these techniques are enough to clear away your stains, you can try something a little stronger. Try undiluted vinegar. Then rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth.

After you clean your steel you can also polish it to add extra shine. You can purchase polishes or wipes designed specially for stainless steal appliances at stores like Home Depot or Lowe's. It is a good idea to check your owner's guides first just to be sure that the manufacturer of your appliances doesn't suggest staying away from certain ingredients. If you are unsure how a purchased polish might affect your appliances you can always try testing it on a small part of the appliance that won't be as easily visible. Like you did when you were cleaning your steel, make sure to use a soft cloth and go with the grain while you are swiping it on. If you want to save money on a polish, try using baby oil instead. All you need is few drops on a soft rag. You'll see your stainless steel will have a beautiful sheen!