Appliances made of stainless steel are quite popular for good reasons. Not only are they sleek, they are simplistic and give any kitchen a contemporary look. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to clean stainless steel appliances. Besides being a canvas for various smudges, fingerprints and water marks tend to stand out as though they are your kitchenâs star attractions.
Do you clean your stainless-steel appliances the proper way? The following doâs and donâts will help you know how to keep your kitchen looking sharp.
Do: Check Instructions from the Manufacturer
Today, there are numerous DIY and commercial products for removing water marks and fingerprints from stainless steel products. However, the instructions provided by the manufacturer may be incredibly specific when it comes to cleaners that should be used on stainless steel appliances. Some manufacturers actually advise against using certain cleaners in nearby areas of your kitchen because the fumes can easily ruin the stainless-steel finish. If you decide to ignore such instructions, you are basically risking voiding your warranty. Larger kitchen appliances tend to be quite expensive, which is why you should avoid doing that. So, take the time to read the care instructions before cleaning your oven or refrigerator.
Donât: Use Abrasives
Stainless steel appliances are made of metal, which is why many people mistakenly assume that they can use anything to clean them. However, this is just not true because the material gets scratched easily. Due to this, it is important to avoid using abrasive tools or cleaners such as ammonia, scouring powders, bleach, oven cleaner, scrubber pads, steel wool, and so forth. It can also be a good idea to use distilled water to clean your stainless-steel appliances if the water in your area is hard. It might not damage the steel, but it may leave unsightly spots and streaks.
Do: Know the Homemade Cleaners to Use
What products can be used to clean stainless steel appliances? Well, there are 3 excellent options for you:
Note: No matter which homemade cleaners you choose, it is important to first conduct a spot test on a small and inconspicuous area of the appliance before you clean it fully.
Using Olive Oil and Vinegar to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
– Olive oil
– Microfiber cloths
– Distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle
Examine the stainless steel closely to find out which way the âgrainâ runs. You should clean in this direction.
Spray your appliance with the distilled white vinegar
Wipe off the vinegar using a microfiber cloth, following the direction of the grain.
Dip a clean microfiber cloth in the olive oil.
Restore the applianceâs shine by rubbing olive oil working in the direction of the grain.
Using Baby Oil and Dish Soap to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
– Baby oil
– Warm water
– Mild dishwashing liquid
– Microfiber cloths
Mix the dishwashing liquid with warm water in a bucket or your clean kitchen sink.
Dampen the microfiber cloth with the soapy solution and use it to wipe away smudges and get rid of fingerprints. Ensure that you work in the direction of the grain.
Dip a clean microfiber cloth in the baby oil after the appliance dries up.
Restore the shine of your appliance by rubbing the baby oil into the metal, following the direction of the grain.
Using Club Soda to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances
– Microfiber cloth
– Spray bottle
– Club soda
Pour the club soda into a spray bottle gently.
Spray the soda on the sides of the stainless-steel appliance.
Wipe the soda away using a microfiber cloth following the grain of the metal
Donât: Hesitate to Call in a Professional
If you lack the time to clean your kitchen properly, we have you covered. Get in touch with the experts at Spotless Cleaning. We would be happy to come in and offer a helping hand. Allow us to restore the shine to your kitchen so that you have time to do the things that you truly enjoy. Call us today!