Stainless Steel Cleaning Dos and Don'ts

Keep your beautiful appliances looking great.
Keep your beautiful appliances looking great.

Stainless steel is beautiful and on-trend, but if you’ve updated your kitchen recently or moved into a new home with stainless appliances, you may need some guidelines for cleaning. Stainless can make your kitchen look modern and sleek, and you’ll want to create new cleaning habits that keep your essential kitchen tools looking as new as the day you got them.

Do: Use a Stainless Steel Cleanser

Smudges and fingerprints are the most frustrating part of owning stainless steel appliances. Win the battle against them by investing in a spray cleaner specifically designed for stainless. You can find these with the other kitchen cleaning supplies in most home and big box stores. Just spray on a cloth and wipe down gently, following with water.

Don’t: Use Abrasive Sponges or Cleansers

Don’t ever scrub your appliances with an abrasive sponge or a cleanser with bleach. Abrasive tools will scratch the grain of the stainless and make your beautiful new kitchen look dull, and no matter how much you think bleach might make the appliances shine, it will ruin the finish.

Do: Go with the Grain

Much like with fine wood, you must go with the grain when cleaning stainless steel. Follow the lines of the grain, wiping on cleanser gently, wiping off and rinsing. Do not wipe in a circular motion (this is tough if you’re used to scrubbing in a circle!) – use long swipes instead.

Don’t: Let Grime Sit

Dirt, grime, kitchen grease and gunk tend to stick to stainless if left to dry. Your appliances will look new and fabulous longer if you wipe up gunk with a wet rag or paper towel before it has a chance to harden. Avoiding scrubbing is the priority here – while you can scrub stainless, you want to preserve the gorgeous grain of the steel -- so instead, clean small messes immediately with just a little water.

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