Asked on Jul 07, 2016

Stainless steel that's stained!

Lianda Ludwig
by Lianda Ludwig
I HATE stainless steel. My husband grabs the sides of the refrigerator when he opens the door. I think he had some tomato based sauce on his hands, and it seems like the sides and the handles are either stained or RUSTING?!! I've tried all the stainless steel cleaners and NOTHING gets rid of it.
q stainless steel that s stained , appliances, cleaning tips, house cleaning
q stainless steel that s stained , appliances, cleaning tips, house cleaning
  20 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 07, 2016
    Try making a paste with baking soda and a dab of dawn dish soap. Rub into the soiled area and leave on until the paste is basically dry. Wipe off with a micro fiber towel and then wash again with white vinegar and water.

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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 07, 2016
      Yes I use the vinegar but it is mixed with water.I think at this point I would call the manufacturer as you never no there could in fact be a defect. I agree I hate the stainless as well. I recently re-did my kitchen and was tired of the same look but feel I made the mistake with stainless.

  • Rhon Rhon on Jul 07, 2016
    Mr Clean Magic eraser or a very fine steel wool should take it off, ensure area is slightly damp when you do it . try a small spot first to make it doesnt dull finish

  • Edie Edie on Jul 07, 2016
    There are also stainless steel cleaners to be had at places like Home Depot or Lowe's. The companies ALWAYS say it's 'stainless' steel, but I have found it shows EVERY fingerprint and smudge to be laid on it. I usually think 'NOT stainless!'

  • Lianda Ludwig Lianda Ludwig on Jul 07, 2016
    I'm wondering if this looks like rust? I have tried 4 different commercial stainless steel cleaners. They have done nothing.

  • William William on Jul 07, 2016
    My suggestion is to check he owners manual if you have it. You can go online and find a manual, or call the manufacturer with he model number. Not all stainless steel is pure stainless steel. There are different grades and specific ways to clean it. It's possible that the acidity in the tomato sauce actually etched the stainless steel.

  • Bil730202 Bil730202 on Jul 08, 2016
    I just dab a few drops of baby oil in a soft cloth and wipe away leave cloth in plastic bag handy and bingo no more marks

  • Barbara C Barbara C on Jul 08, 2016
    The picture does not look like fingerprints.Why would he grab the whole side? It appears to be rust.Can you post a better close-up of the spots?

  • Catherine Catherine on Jul 08, 2016
    As a last resort, Barkeepers Friend.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jul 08, 2016
    Easy fix: get rid of that rusty old husband! ;)

  • Riabailey Riabailey on Jul 08, 2016
    just try a damp cloth with cornflour, wipe on and wipe off, great for stainless steel sinks as well

  • Patricia Ann Patricia Ann on Jul 08, 2016
    Recommend removal of rust as above. THEN for protection, use 3M stainless steel cleaner and polish (approved USDAsafe to use around meat, poultry) Sadly most "stainless" steel of today is not the 18/8 it was in the 1960's and we need to be ever so wary of imported steel. Compare the stainless steel of the 1960's which has no rust even though it's in my pool building with the "stainless" steel of today. Yes, contact the manufacturer for what it may do. HOWEVER, from my friends I have seen increasingly this "rust" on appliances and sincerely wonder if it'd be better for owners to purchase plastic "look alike" stainless≥

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    • Lianda Ludwig Lianda Ludwig on Jul 09, 2016
      I totally agree- even my "stainless steel" knives have rust spots on them. As consumers, we need to protest this lowering of quality of these products. Maybe we need a "movement"-to protect consumers of items that don't live up to their NAMES! STAINLESS? Absolutely not! (I'm just thrilled that I bypassed a "stainless steel" sink and went for granite!- what a vast improvement!)

  • Elaine Elaine on Jul 08, 2016
    I agree with Patricia re the quality of stainless steel these days! This looks like what is sometimes called "pitting" and (sadly) no cleaner will help this situation because it looks like a breakdown of the steel.. How long have you had the fridge? If under warranty, call the manufacturer. If the warranty has expired, I did see info on (don't faint!!) painting stainless. Now before you delete me (lol) go on Google and see what you can find because if this gets worse, perhaps you can paint just the handle then that will offer some protection. (I'm definitely not suggesting you paint the entire fridge!). I wish I could remember where I saw that post because the end result (of the paint job) was amazing! I hope the manufacturer can help you and good luck training your hubby.

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    • Elaine Elaine on Jul 08, 2016
      No, it shouldn't happen to a new-ish fridge! Go back to the store - I'm sure this is under a warranty.

  • Deb Deb on Jul 08, 2016
    WD40. Sounds weird but give it a try.

  • Connie Connie on Jul 08, 2016
    I use WD-40 to clean my stainless appliances. Spray it on & wipe off with paper towels. Then polish w/a soft cloth. The WD-40 cleans the surface & it keeps the fingerprints from adhering for quite a while.

  • Terri Armstrong Terri Armstrong on Jul 08, 2016
    Baby oil works great and smells better than wd 40

  • Patricia Flynn Patricia Flynn on Jul 09, 2016
    Try using signature polish, the company is located in Dayton, Ohio, I have a sub-zero and they recommended using it to clean stainless steel, it cleans many other things, but does the best job of any cleaner I have tried for the stainless steel

  • Arlis Arlis on Jul 12, 2016
    did you try vinegar and baking soda?

  • Audrey Audrey on Jul 25, 2016
    My husband does a similar thing - he opens the door then puts his had on the fridge under the handle. Usually a goopy, just- sliced -a- banana hand! Where did they learn this technique? If I didn't have to clean the residue, I would put a few pieces of double-sided tape on the fridge - just as a friendly reminder. 😆

  • Rita.gindi Rita.gindi on Oct 03, 2016
    I have a similar problem with my ss fridge. Looks just like rust, have tried everything including every DIY cleaning mix and no results...ready to cover it with cabinet upset