Stainless steel appliances have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to their unique look and sleek, shiny finish. If you own a stainless steel appliance, then you know that the one key challenge is keeping that finish looking sleek and shiny. Through normal use, stainless steel appliances often attract smudges, fingerprints, and streaks, which aren't always easy to remove. Not easy, but certainly possible. If you're planning on doing some spring cleaning, like our REALTORS®, then you'll want to take a look at our tips for how to clean stainless steel.
What Not to Do When Cleaning Stainless Steel
Whether you're polishing up your kitchen to help your home compete with other Southport homes for sale or making your space look its best for your use, there are some things you don't want to do when cleaning stainless steel. The key is to avoid using any type of harsh cleaning products, including bleach, oven cleaners, ammonia, abrasive cleaners, and steel wool. Some manufacturers recommend against using certain other cleaning products as well, so it's always a good idea to read the instructions that came with your appliance for a full list.
Don't Expect the Same Methods to Work on Every Appliance
While the cleaning tips below rely on techniques that won't harm your appliances, getting just the right results may take a little bit of trial and error. Each stainless steel appliance is a little different, and if your appliances come from different manufacturers, then you may have to tweak your techniques a bit to bring out the best in each one.
Try Vinegar and Olive Oil for a Homemade Solution
Two of the most popular options for cleaning stainless steel can likely be found in your pantry or kitchen cabinets. Start by using a spray bottle with white vinegar to spray down and wipe off your appliances. Once you have cleaned the whole surface, dip a soft cloth in olive oil and use that to polish your stainless steel to a shiny finish. With a little practice, this technique can have your stainless steel surfaces looking brand new.
Gentle Dish Soap Is Also a Great Option
If you wish to use a more traditional method, a soft cloth and warm water mixed with gentle dish soap can also get the job done. Use one cloth to clean the surface with that mixture, then another clean, dry, soft cloth to dry and polish the surface when you're done cleaning.
Always Use a Soft Cloth or Towel
No matter which products you use to clean your stainless steel surfaces, remember that it's always best to use something very soft, like a microfiber cloth, to wipe down and polish the surface. Paper towels can also work in a pinch, but the key is to avoid using older, heavily used cleaning cloths that may cause damage or an uneven finish.
Polish "With the Grain" for the Best Finish
If your surface isn't quite looking how you want after cleaning, then you may be polishing against the grain. It's usually best to move your towel in one direction when polishing to go with the grain, and finding the right direction may take a little experimenting.
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