Getting Rid of Stains: How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

by Odessa Maids - April 8, 2019

Stainless steel appliances can sometimes be tricky to clean. Read this guide to learn how to clean stainless steel appliances.

Spraying. Wiping. Washing. Wringing. Drying.

We all know that staying on top of a clean household can be exhausting. But putting all that effort in, just to be defeated by a stubborn stain, is the worst feeling of all.

Especially when it comes to your stainless steel appliances.

Ironic, isn’t it? How something called “stainless steel” could stain so easily?

That’s why we’ve created this handy guide on how to get your kitchen appliances sparkling clean again.

Understand Your Stainless Steel Appliances

It’s kind of incredible that stainless steel has been so popular for so long considering it’s far from the easiest surface to maintain.

It holds onto oil, fingerprints, and streaks.

So, there are a few cardinal rules when it comes to cleaning your stainless steel appliances.

Firstly, you should never use any harsh materials to clean your fridge. No steel wool or abrasive powder cleanser. No bleach or ammonia.

It’s important to keep in mind that your stainless steel fridge is pretty delicate and you can easily damage the finish.

Next, always take care when wiping down your best kitchen appliances. Make sure you’re going with the grain of the steel, moving only in that one direction. Circular cleaning motions are a no-go.

If you’re not quite sure which direction to clean in, try a few sample wipes and the answer will come to you immediately.

Find the Right Wipe

We know it sounds a bit basic, but finding the right wipe for your stainless steel appliances is half the battle.

You want to make sure you’re using a soft fabric to avoid tiny scratches that’ll end up leaving your appliances looking cloudy. We’ve found that high-quality microfiber towels work best. They’re absorbent and crazy soft, making easy work of a challenging task.

If you don’t have any microfiber towels laying around the house, you can always use a good, soft paper towel.

Make Your Own DIY Cleaner

There are tons of homemade cleaning solutions you can make out of stuff you’ve already got laying around the house.

The best way we’ve found is to use a two-step cleaning process of a vinegar cleanse followed up with an oil rubdown.

Simply spray some white vinegar onto whatever kitchen appliance you’re cleaning and use your microfiber towel to wipe it down in the same direction as the steel’s grain.

That first step should get most of the gunk off, but repeat as many times as necessary to get it all beautifully gleaming.

Then, use a high-quality oil like olive oil, mineral oil, or baby oil to seal in that sparkly clean look. Again, be careful to wipe in the right direction.

Store Bought Cleaners Can Also Be Helpful

While you definitely don’t need to purchase a specific cleaner for your stainless steel appliances, we can understand their appeal. A good store-bought cleaner will likely make the job a little less time consuming, though we haven’t found a “magic pill” cleaner yet.

Maintain That Sparkle

Cleaning your favorite kitchen appliance shouldn’t come but once in a blue moon. The more you maintain stainless steel, the more it’ll show, and the easier it’ll get.

Try to tackle your vinegar and oil cleanse every one to two weeks. Trust us, your stainless steel appliances will be thanking you with that natural eye-catching beauty.

If you’re not maintaining regular cleanings, you may end up cleaning extra greasy messes, which have their own set of challenges.

Hire Someone Else to Do It for You

Wanna know the easiest way to keep your stainless steel appliances spick and span and shiny? Hire yourself an amazing maid service. They’ll do all the hard work for you, while you can save your elbow grease for something a little more fun.