Stainless steel has a pristine gleam that makes it stand out from most other materials. Appliances made of stainless steel are sturdy and give a very modernized and stylish look.
However, these appliances can lose their great look and feel with time and use. Stains look especially bad on steel surfaces as even a small spot can become very noticeable. Here are some ways to give your stainless steel appliances the same great new look they had when you first purchased them.
Vinegar is an effective natural cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which has very good cleaning property. This acid is also found in citrus fruits, like lemons, and can cut through grease and oil in an instant.
You can put some vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to spray all your stainless steel appliances. Wipe it dry with a clean piece of cloth or a paper towel.
Make sure to use a gentle touch and use the ball of your palm for cleaning so that you don’t leave any scratches from fingernails.
Another inexpensive method to clean your stainless steel appliances is to use dishwashing soap. Mix 1 teaspoon of dish detergent with one-quarter of hot-top water in a bowl. Using a soft cloth, rub the solution in circles on surfaces with stains. The stains should come off easily. Rinse the spot with water and dry immediately with a dry kitchen towel.
You can also use club soda for cleaning steel surfaces. Spray some club soda directly on the stain and then wipe in the direction of the grain. This should easily clean fingerprints and food residue while giving the surface a polished look.
Specialty Stainless Cleaners
For the really tough to clean stains, you might be better off using a specialty cleaner. These are easy to use and usually sold in spray-bottles or as a creamy solution. For some of the tougher stains, you may need to leave the soap on the surface for 10 seconds to react with and soften the grime. You can then wipe it clean with a dry piece of cloth.
On the upside, specialty soaps leave a nice fragrance after using. Since no water is used in cleaning, it leaves no marks at all.
On the downside, specialty soaps can be a bit more expensive than regular cleaning liquids.
This might sound weird but one expert of housekeeping suggested that mineral oil can be used to erase fingerprints and give your stainless steel appliances a lustrous appearance.
Simply apply a very thin film of mineral oil to coat the appliances after cleaning. This will prevent dirt and fingerprints from leaving a mark while also giving the appliance a shiny look.
Warm water with a microfiber cleaning cloth can also be used for routine cleaning. Water alone will not get rid of difficult stains, but it can help you remove dust or liquid stains, especially if you clean them immediately.
Always make sure to clean the water completely dry with a different towel as water is known to leave marks on stainless steel.