Shiny stainless steel appliances being cleaned.
Keep your appliances gleaming with these tips.

See if this sounds familiar. You spend hours cleaning house and cooking in anticipation of company coming to visit. But you’ve saved cleaning your appliances until last so you wouldn’t mess them up anew with food residue from your cooking endeavors.

And even then, you fuss, and you bother, and it never seems to come out just right, so you pat your back for a job reasonably well done.

And yet who needs all that aggravation when maybe you can change things up just a bit and achieve a far more satisfactory result.  Nobody, including you.

Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Refrigerator

  • To remove the fingerprints, grime, and whatever else has tarnished the otherwise gleaming surface, start with a clean rag or a microfiber cloth.
  • For a cleaning solution, we recommend a non-abrasive, or even just plain white vinegar.
  • If you have extra-tough dirt to remove, try using a nylon non-scratch scrubber, but don’t scrub any harder than you need to.
  • Next, we recommend polishing your fridge using a soft cloth dampened with olive oil or baby oil.

Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Sink or Stove Top

  • Once again, think “non-abrasive” for both the cleaning tool and solution. Bleach and other chemicals can damage stainless steel while a steel wool or other type of rough scrubber can permanently scratch it.
  • So instead, start with dry baking soda and a damp sponge.
  • Once you’ve cleaned the entire surface of the sink, rubbing with the grain, pour white vinegar into the sink which will create foam.
  • Let that stand for a while until the foaming has stopped and dissolved.
  • Wipe away the residue with a dry rag or microfiber towel.

How to Get Stainless Steel to Shine Again

  • While you can use dish soap or mineral oil to remove pesky marks and smudges, the only way to bring back your appliance’s natural shine is by using cleaners formulated specifically for stainless steel. That way you won’t have to clean your appliances as frequently.

There are lots of other ways to clean stainless steel – here are just two among numerous examples.

  • Lemon Oil Furniture Polish. Simply apply a small amount to a clean towel and rub it on your appliance. Once evenly applied, wipe the surface clean with a different microfiber cloth. It’s not recommended that you apply the furniture polish directly to the stainless steel surface, as it may not be applied evenly leaving you with more work trying to clean off the excess.
  • Glass Cleaner for Fingerprints. Fingerprints are the chief complaint about stainless steel. However, they can be easily removed with any common glass cleaner, such as Windex. Spray the cleaner on a microfiber cloth and apply evenly in a circular motion to remove the fingerprints. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry. To avoid drip marks and splatter residue, don’t spray directly on the appliance.

If you’ve purchased a new fridge or gas stove – stainless steel or otherwise – contact Anthony’s Plumbing today to connect the ice maker to your plumbing and, if needed, to install a new gas connection in your kitchen. And that’s just the tip of the mountain of plumbing services we offer you.

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