Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances


Sparkling stainless steel appliances are beautiful, however the downside is a constant battle with fingerprints, smudges and steaks. Removing finger prints, spills and splatters from stainless steel appliances are easy, as long as you know a few cleaning tips and precautions are taken to avoid scratching the appliance surface.

You can’t get around the additional time it takes you to keep your stainless appliances sparkling, but Mrs. Clean is here to tell you how to get rid or streaks fingerprints and smudges fast and easily.

General Stainless Steel Cleaning Tips:

  • Clean all stainless steel appliances right after using.
  • Don’t use harsh abrasives to clean it such as like comet or ajax.
  • Don’t use steel brushes or steel wool on stainless steel surfaces.
  • Never use bleach or products containing bleach on stainless steel appliances.
  • Always scrub in the direction of the polished finish (called the grain) to avoid scratching stainless steel.

Mrs. Clean’s Stainless Steel Cleaner:

Use this cleaner every day to keep your appliances with stainless steel streak, smudge and fingerprint free.

You don’t need to rinse this solution off after using: just spray, wipe and dry.

Mix the following ingredients together in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle vigorously prior to spraying to ensure the oils are evenly distributed in the cleaning solution.

  • 1 Cup Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Mineral or Baby Oil
  • 1 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 10 Drops Dish Washing Liquid
  • 2 Cups Warm Water

Spray the cleaning solution on the stainless steel surface and wipe it off white a clean dry cleaning towel. Tough smudges should come of easily with this recipe too.

Harder smudging will come of easily if you buff with a microfiber or lint-free cleaning towel using additional pressure.

Polishing and Hiding Scratches On Stainless Steel:

Stainless steel is really durable, but the one “gotcha” is scratching and certain stains. If the stainless steel appliance was cleaned with harsh abrasive cleaners like comet or ajax or it was scrubbed with steel wool you could have scratches that are very apparent.

There are many commercial stainless steel conditioners available that hide and polish scratches really well. Cerama polisher and conditioner is the best. Just spray the polish on the surface and wipe it off in the direction of the grain polish to get a high shine.

Scratches that are not improved with the application of a homemade or commercial polish or conditioner will need to have the surface refinished by a stainless steel professional to remove the scratches completely.

Shining Stainless Steel:

Shining stainless steel is easy and will help repel future smudging. Pick your favorite solution depending on what you have on hand. Each shining solution has it’s own pros and cons.

It’s important to use as little as possible of the oils -use just enough to get the job done. More is not better. Use just a little and spread it thinly when it comes to the oils. The less you use, the shinier your stainless steel appliance will be.

Baby oil or Mineral Oil:

Apply a few drops of baby oil on a paper towel and wipe the stainless steel completely. Use as little as possible to get the best shine.

Club Soda/Rubbing Alcohol/Vinegar:

All 3 of these are great grease strippers that remove fingerprints and smudges. Vinegar, Rubbing alcohol and club soda do not leave a residue which would cause spotting or streaks.

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