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What Works When Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances?

February 22, 20132 comments

Stainless steel is doubtlessly today’s most popular appliance finish. It’s sleek, it’s modern, and it looks good with any style of cabinets in any kitchen. But every time we shoot photography with kitchen appliances involved, there’s a discussion about what cleaners to use on stainless steel. In the brand new kitchens we shoot, things are still pretty clean. Once your stainless steel appliances have been used more than a few times they’ll likely need to be cleaned. Everyone has their own opinion, but after trying several options, we come to the conclusion that stainless steel needs a dedicated stainless steel cleanser.

Diagram Credit: Stainless Steel Industry of North America

How to Clean Stainless Steel

According to the Stainless Steel Industry of North America, fingerprints and smears can be cleaned with water and a soft cloth. If you need more cleansing, see the chart attached for actual product recommendations.

The key to cleaning stainless is to remember that it is a metal surface subject to corrosion and scratching. There are a lot of cleansers that could scratch the surface of the stainless. Make sure to look for nonabrasive cleansers and use a sponge or nonabrasive cloth for cleaning.

Apply cleaners and polishes to the cloth and not directly to the surface of the stainless steel to avoid corrosion. This is because some cleansers/polishes will deface or mar the surface of the stainless steel leaving a sort of ghosted film when applied directly. Stay away from any cleaning agents with chloride and when possible rinse the stainless steel with water after cleaning.

Taking care of your appliances is like taking care of anything else. You want them to look their best and shine for as long as possible. So remember to routinely clean your stainless steel with water, a polish, or something more powerful. Good luck with your stainless steel appliances!


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  1. cleaning Oahu Reply

    Very informative. Learning the proper way of cleaning our stainless steel items can help us maintain their beauty. These guidelines will make us more confident that we are doing the right thing.

  2. M Victoria Reply

    Most kitchen appliances and equipment are made of stainless steel which require regular cleaning. The information you provided is a great resource on what are the best cleaning solutions to use depending on the type of dirt or stain. Homeowners will surely be delighted with these useful ideas. Thank you for posting.

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