Most likely your appliance came with a sample liquid cleaner of which the manufacturer suggests you clean your new appliance. Stop! Wait! Don’t use it! The manufacturer most likely did not consider that you have kids, a dog, and a husband…all of who may open the shiny new appliance with sticky, grimy, dirty hands. The cleaner they have given you is a polish only - and not a cleaner. Follow these easy steps to clean and polish your new or old stainless steel appliance.
The Do’s Of Stainless Steel Cleaning
- Do use a microfiber rag to add a soapy water solution.
- Do keep a microfiber rag that you will assign only to your fridge cleaning.
- Do use an Eco-Friendly cleaner and polish. We recommend going to your local Whole Foods or other store that sells Eco-Friendly products and figuring out whether an oil-based or a liquid polish is better for your needs.
- Do use baking soda to remove stains in your stainless steel sink. We only use baking soda to remove food or liquid stains from sinks. Sprinkle baking soda and add a little water to make a paste and buff in the paste to remove the stain. This is a non-abrasive way to remove any stains from stainless steel sinks. Coffee tends to be a major problem in discoloration of sinks.
How Do I Clean My Stainless Steel Appliances?
- Simply add a small amount of soap to a rag and water. (If your home has hard water, DO NOT use it to clean the appliance). Hard water leaves water deposits on the stainless steel that has to be buffed out to remove. Because you don’t need a lot of water, grab a bottle of distilled water and pour a little on the rag with soap.
- Going in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel clean the dirt, grime, and sticky spots with an up and down rubbing motion.
- Take a dry, microfiber rag and then spray or pour a small amount of cleaner to the rag (not directly on the stainless steel) and wipe in the direction of the grain until the residue from the cleaner is gone. We don’t want an oily surface because we are polishing in the cleaner.
- Add more cleaner as needed but don’t overdo because we want to keep the oil to a minimum.
"Penny's Personal Touch ladies always pay great attention to detail throughout my home. But, the way they make my stainless steel appliances sparkle is amazing! I try to get my appliances to look as good as they do between cleanings and just can't make them shine the way PPT does. Thank you PPT ladies!" - Lori M. (Austin area PPT client since 2012)
The Don’t’s Of Stainless Steel Cleaning
- Don’t use hard water to clean stainless steel. This is the most important thing to remember as sticky substances can always be removed - but hard water residue is much harder to get rid of.
- Don’t ever use the hard scrub side of any sponge to clean stainless steel. That may seem like an easy way to clean a stain but it will scratch the surface.
I hope these easy tips on how to clean your stainless steel appliances were helpful to you. We all like our kitchens to look nice and shiny. So, with just a little effort (and the right professional tips and know-how) you can keep your appliances shiny and ready to create that perfect meal for your family. Enjoy!
Do you have any questions about cleaning your stainless steel that I can answer for you? Please leave them in the comments section below and I will be happy to get back with you. I’d love to hear from you!