Posts Tagged ‘stainless steel appliances’

Appliances in living color

October 2, 2009

For years now, appliances have been forced into hiding. Shoved under paneling, disguised as cabinets (see below) — some kitchen designs successfully manage to deny the existence of most appliances.

Appliances in this Victorian-inspired kitchen go incognito. - kitcheni.com

Appliances in this Victorian-inspired kitchen go incognito. - kitcheni.com

And those who do allow their appliances exposure, generally do so through the sterility of stainless steel.

But what about people who want appliances liberated from the everyday wood or stainless appearance, like our Twitter follower @MikePreble? Mike says bold colors such as blue and red are just more “him” — and we totally appreciate that. Bright colors on the walls can make a kitchen sizzle. Bright colors on your appliances, though, are totally unexpected.

Color options abound in the kitchen — and now laundry room — and the palette will only expand from here. Some options might seem completely impractical, but isn’t that the point sometimes?

Viking Range offers appliances in 24 different finishes, including Cobalt Blue.

Viking Range offers appliances in 24 different finishes, including Cobalt Blue. You could get a blue fridge, range, range top, vent hood, oven, microwave, dishwasher, warming drawer...

You've always imagined your kitchen in pumpkin. Well, maybe not. But you could.

You've always imagined your kitchen in pumpkin. Well, maybe not. But you could.

Good luck getting a microwave paneled. It's impossible. Nuking your leftovers in a Golden Mist, however, is not.

Good luck getting a microwave paneled. It's impossible. Nuking your leftovers in Golden Mist, however, is not.

Dacor Preference's floating glass panels come colors such as in Blue Water (pictured) and Slate Green.

Dacor Preference's floating glass paneled-appliances come colors such as in Blue Water (pictured) and Slate Green.

Bertazzoni triple coats its appliances in the same paint car-maker Ferrari uses.

Do you have a Ferrari in your kitchen? Bertazzoni does. It triple coats ranges in the same paint car-maker Ferrari uses.

The The Italian range company has eight finishes, including a very lemon yellow.

The Italian range company has seven other finishes, including a very lemon yellow.

Laundry pairs come in more colors than your clothes these days. This Maytag Performance Series laundry pair comes in Evergreen. Below: Frigidaire Affinity in blue, GE in silver-metallic, GE high-efficiency top-loader in champagne and Electrolux in teal.

Washers and dryers come in more colors than your clothes these days. This Maytag Performance Series laundry pair comes in Evergreen. Below: Frigidaire Affinity front-load washer in blue, GE high-efficiency top-load washer in champagne, Electrolux washer in teal and LG washer in red.

frigaffinitybluegechampagne electroluxteallgred

I know it doesn't look colorful, but look at how much this family loves the distinction of Sub-Zero's carbon stainless steel finish! It's a departure from the ubiquity of SS, yet it retains the much-beloved sophistication. Call it compromise.

I know it doesn't look colorful, but look at how much this family loves the distinction of their Sub-Zero carbon stainless steel fridge! It's a departure from the ubiquity of SS, yet it retains the much-beloved sophistication. Call it a compromise, I guess.

HOW TO: Clean stainless steel appliances

September 30, 2009

If you’ve ever owned them, you know: Stainless steel appliances can carry more fingerprints than an episode of “CSI” — especially if you have kids.

Or customers. Back in my receptionist days, I used to be responsible for cleaning the rows of lovely stainless steel products we displayed in our St. Paul store on Snelling Avenue. So I’m somewhat of a stainless steel cleaning expert. Our volume of fridge smudges dwarfed what you would have in your kitchen, of course, because you don’t have customers touching your stuff all day.

Don’t get me wrong. Stainless steel does have a stunning effect on a kitchen…

Dacor Stainless Steel Kitchen -- Dacor.com

Dacor Stainless Steel Kitchen -- Dacor.com

…but you just have to have the right stuff to clean them and a good process in mind.

Citrushine Stainless Steel PolishI used Citrushine, which we sell because it’s really the best polish we’ve found. It’s nontoxic, smells like oranges instead of chemicals and doesn’t leave your fingers feeling too greasy. Plus, I kept rows of fridges, dishwashers, ranges, microwaves and kitchen displays clean without losing my mind or the integrity of the factory finish. (If that’s not a ringing endorsement, you don’t own stainless steel.)

My process? Spray some Citrushine on a dust rag (you can also use a paper towel, but I don’t like getting cleaner on my hands) and wipe down the appliances going with the grain of the stainless steel. Citrushine doesn’t streak like other cleaners and certainly not like soap and water, but I found that going with the grain makes clean up way faster.

Some brands now carry stainless steel appliances that wipe clean with only a warm rag, like Miele‘s Clean Touch Steel™. All Fisher & Paykel DishDrawers and some refrigerator models come in EZ-Kleen, which is an anti-fingerprint stainless steel finish.

I’m interested to hear in the comments if anyone else has tried this or other cleaners/methods with success.


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