How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

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. And the sleek, shiny finish gets pretty streaky, making you wonder how to clean stainless steel.

How To Clean Stainless Steel

Cleaning stainless steel appliances is not like cleaning other surfaces, because it’s easy to leave behind streaks from the actual cleaning process itself.

We sell a really good cleaner for stainless steel appliances called Affresh, which we use in all of our retail locations. If you think your kitchen is bad, imagine how much our appliances get touched!

But sometimes company is coming over and you don’t have time to run to the store. Try baby oil. Apply with an old towel or rag in small doses so you don’t end up with a greasy refrigerator. Wipe with the grain for the shiniest finish.

Stainless Steel Finish Options

If you’re looking for a maintenance-free option, some manufacturers make smudge-proof and fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finishes, such as Frigidaire, Whirlpool and Maytag. As a bonus, some of these premium finish options are even scratch-resistant.

What stainless steel cleaning tips do you have? Share them in the comments.

3 thoughts on “How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

  1. Kitchenaid trained us to use baby oil on stainless. Since then, I’ve encountered two problems with baby oil. The obvious one is the fragrance is more nursery orientated than kitchen. The other, once bably oil is used you need to stick with it. The mineral oil base causes other cleaners to beadup just like a waxed surface causes water to bead which can cause streaking. Citrushine is “green” containing no harmful chemicals and gives a light cirtus-like aroma to the kitchen. Citrushine also makes an excellent “green” cleaner for electric/induction range, cooktops and all ovens.

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