Home Tip: Tips for Getting Your Stainless Steel to Sparkle

From appliances and sinks to trash bins and storage containers, stainless steel is in our kitchens. We love it for many reasons. It’s a streamlined, polished look; its non-porous surface resists bacteria; and it’s highly resistant to corrosion and heat damage. home sweet home written on a whiteboard next to a small potted plant

One of the drawbacks of stainless steel, however, is that it shows everything: fingerprints, splatters, water drips and even Fido’s nose print. Keeping your stainless steel appliances clean doesn’t need to be difficult, but it does require some specific cleaning methods.

First, some don’ts when it comes to cleaning stainless steel:

  • Don’t use abrasive cleaning products, steel wool or abrasive scrubbing pads. These can leave scratches on the surface.
  • Don’t use cleaning products that contain chlorine.
  • Don’t clean your stainless steel oven (or other appliances) unless it is cool to the touch.
  • Don’t use excessively hard water (filter it first, if you must), as it can leave spots.

Now some tips for getting your stainless steel to sparkle:

  • Select a cleaning product that is specific to use on stainless steel.
  • Use vinegar to do a preliminary clean of your stainless steel surface. Place white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray liberally. Use a paper towel or soft cloth to wipe.
  • Always, always, always wipe with the grain of the stainless steel. Begin at the top of the appliance and work your way down.
  • For grease or baked-on food, use warm soapy water and a nylon sponge. Be sure to wipe down again with clean water and a soft cloth to prevent water spots.
  • Consider buffing your appliances with stainless steel polish or lemon oil from time to time to rejuvenate that lustrous finish.