Maintaining And Cleaning Stainless Steel

Outdoor stainless steel kitchen
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-50
What You'll Need
Fresh, clean, soft cloths
Warm water
A mild liquid dishwashing soap
Clear vinegar or standard rubbing alcohol
Store-bought or commercial grade stainless cleaner
Cleaning or buff pads if preferred over cloth

One of the most popular home appliance trends is anything with a stainless steel finish. The world's many manufacturers produce refrigerators, sinks, dishwashers, stoves, microwave ovens, and even laundry washers and dryers in stainless steel choices.

Stainless steel comes in a variety of finishes ranging from shiny to matte. While these appliances are all the rage, it is important to learn methods for cleaning stainless steel. A few easy steps can keep refrigerators, sinks, dishwashers and other heavily used appliances looking sleek and smooth with very little effort.

Before you even begin or attempt to clean these stainless steel appliances, be sure to read the manufacturer's booklet that usually comes with all appliances. Some manufacturers may require the additional special care and/or maintenance or they may offer their own tips on how to clean and maintain said appliance.

Step 1 - Prepare Appliances

Lightly wipe down the appliance with a dry, soft cloth followed by a warm, soapy water to remove any dust or light surface debris.

Step 2 - Clean with Household Products

Before applying store-bought stainless steel cleaner, use a small amount of either clear vinegar or rubbing alcohol blotted onto a soft cloth and follow the pattern or the brush of the stainless steel on the appliance while cleaning.

Step 3 - Apply Store-Bought Cleaner

Row of stainless steel appliances

After the area is completely dry, spray on a good amount of the store-bought stainless steel solution, again moving in the same direction as the finish. Let it sit for only a moment. Leaving it on too long, will leave spray stains.

Step 4 - Wipe Again

Take another dry cloth and go over the cleaned area again, making sure the entire cleaned area is now dry.

Step 5 - Keep Greasy Hands Away

Try to keep greasy hands and fingers from touching the stainless surface. Wipe immediately if marks are left behind.

Step 6 - A Shiny Finish

wiping a stainless steel dishwasher

If you desire a shiny finish rather than a flat matte finish, use a tiny amount of baby oil blotted onto a clean cloth. Rub it into the surface until the desired shine is achieved. Keep in mind, too much oil will not soak into the finish and it will be greasy to the touch. In addition, too much baby oil will also show marks, imperfections, and of course, it will show hand and finger marks each time the appliance is touched, turned on or off.

Step 7 - Clean Up

Launder used cloths, cap and put all bottles and other said ingredients away for the next time you need to clean your stainless steel appliances.