How To Keep Stainless Steel Appliances Looking New

It is often thought that stainless steel appliances are very hard to keep clean and looking new, but it is actually fairly easy. Here's how to take care of stainless steal appliances.

  1. One of the least expensive products, and easiest to find is just a micro-fiber cloth. These are great for non-porous surfaces like stainless steel. You can find these at most auto parts stores, or even at your local dollar store. Just wipe the appliance with the cloth to get rid of fingerprints and smudges. You can also use a wet micro-fiber cloth first, and then follow with a dry one for great results as well.
  2. Another effective way to keep stainless steel looking new is to use an oil based product. Believe it or not, baby oil or WD40 are the products of choice for many people. You don't want to put the oil directly onto the appliance, instead just pour some onto a cloth and wipe down the appliance. This can be done for all of the stainless steel appliances including sinks, fridges, and even range tops. You do want to make sure you wipe the water out of your sink before you use an oil based product though, and you also want to remove anything that is stuck on that might cause scratching.
  3. I have also found that using a mixture of Murphy's Oil Soap, and water works well. You mix 2 Tbsp of the oil soap with a gallon of water, and wipe down the entire surface. You want to follow this with a dry micro fiber cloth to get the results you are looking for. With this method you don't get as much of an oily residue as you would with using the straight baby oil or WD40. The smell is also much better than the WD40! You can follow this up in between cleanings as needed with just a dry micro-fiber cloth to get rid of fingerprints.
  4. The big trick with stainless steel is to clean the whole appliance at once. You need to cover the whole surface with whatever oil based product you decide to use, and then take the dry micro fiber cloth or just a dry soft cotton T-shirt, and wipe the whole surface down to get rid of any residue. Many of the oil based products will work until they wear off, and then you'll start to see fingerprints again. This just indicates that it's time to reapply and clean the surface again.

Although the basic micro fiber cloths will work, I believe that if you want to keep your stainless steel looking new, the oil based product will work best. They will keep the shine of the stainless steel shiny which makes it so appealing in the first place.


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