How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances the Correct Way

by Elnazhamai

Let’s talk about how to clean stainless steel appliances. Stainless steel appliances can add a touch of modern elegance to your kitchen, but they can also be magnets for fingerprints, smudges, and grime.

Keeping them looking sleek and shiny is easy with the right cleaning method. I’m going to show you how to clean your stainless steel appliances effectively, leaving them spotless and sparkling.

With just a few simple supplies and a little elbow grease, your kitchen will be gleaming in no time.

Tools and materials

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Distilled water
  • Spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloths (several)
  • Mineral oil (optional)
  • Dry, clean cloth
Mixing isopropyl alcohol and distilled water

Step 1: Prepare the Cleaning Solution

Start by creating a cleaning solution by diluting isopropyl alcohol with an equal amount of distilled water (50/50 mixture). Pour this solution into a spray bottle for easy application.

Dampening the microfiber cloth

Step 2: Dampen the Microfiber Cloth

Spray the 50/50 mixture directly onto a microfiber cloth until it's slightly damp, but not soaking wet. Avoid over-saturating the cloth, as excess moisture can leave streaks on the stainless steel surface.

Wiping in the direction of the grain

Step 3: Wipe in the Direction of the Grain

Always wipe the stainless steel surface in the direction of the grain. The grain refers to the faint lines or patterns on the steel. Wiping with the grain helps prevent streaks and ensures a more even clean.

Removing a residue with a dry cloth

Step 4: Remove Residue with a Dry Cloth

After you've wiped the surface with the damp cloth, take a separate, dry, and clean microfiber cloth. Use it to wipe away any remaining cleaning mixture and residue. This step helps ensure a streak-free shine.

Step 5: Repeat if Necessary

If your stainless steel appliance still doesn't look as clean as you'd like, repeat the process. Be sure to use a fresh, damp microfiber cloth each time to avoid reapplying dirt or smudges.

Adding shine with mineral oil

Step 6: Add a Shine with Mineral Oil (Optional)

For an extra shine, you can add a small amount of mineral oil to a clean microfiber cloth. Gently rub the oil onto the stainless steel surface, moving in the direction of the grain. The oil will give your appliance a beautiful luster.

Removing excess oil

Step 7: Remove Excess Oil

If you've used a bit too much mineral oil, take another dry microfiber cloth and use it to remove any excess oil from the surface. This step will help prevent fingerprints and ensure a clean, polished finish.

How to clean stainless steel appliances

How to clean stainless steel appliances

By following these simple steps and using the right supplies, you can keep your stainless steel appliances looking as good as new.

Regular maintenance and cleaning will not only maintain the appearance but also extend the lifespan of your appliances. With a little care and attention, your kitchen will shine with the gleam of stainless steel.

Enjoy the beauty and durability of your stainless steel appliances with this cleaning method, and say goodbye to smudges and fingerprints. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this cleaning method.

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  • Deannajohncox52 Deannajohncox52 on May 19, 2024
    I've got stainless steel appliances and have never really been able to get all the smudges and streaks off of them. So I'm Definitely going to do this and I'm going to try the mineral oil too. I'm so glad I finally now know how to get rid of the the finger prints and streaks. Thank you!