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  • Antoinette Prinsloo

Fingerprint Free Stainless Steel Appliances – Surprising ways to clean your appliances

Stainless-steel is undoubtedly on of the most popular appliance finish today. It’s sleek, it’s modern and it looks good with any style of cabinets in any kitchen. However, if you own stainless steel appliances, then you probably know that they are hardly ever stainless. This is especially true if you have little ones running around the house. Fingerprints and water stains tend to decorate the surfaces of the oven, fridge and dishwasher.

There are plenty of ways to keep your surfaces smudge free without using costly stainless-steel cleaners and other harsh chemicals. Look no farther than your kitchen pantry or broom cupboard for a hardworking stainless-steel cleaning solution. Before the cleaning starts, please keep in mind the following:

Avoid scouring powders, steel wool, bleach, and ammonia to prevent damage to the appliance's finish. Use non-abrasive cleaning cloth, preferably those that are 100 percent cotton or microfiber cloth because they leave almost no residual lint. Elbow grease becomes a bit more necessary. The solution for stubborn smudges isn’t to rub harder; simply reapply your cleaning agent and wipe again. Regardless of what kind of cleaning method you're use, make sure to wipe the cleaner in the direction of the metal's grain.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Pair vinegar with baking soda and you have one powerful duo. For tough spots, wet a thick, clean towel with distilled white vinegar that has been brought to a boil. Place the damp towel on the spot and let it sit for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with baking soda, then scrub gently until the spot disappears. Wipe the area clean with water and dry with a clean cloth.

Dish washing Liquid

Dish washing liquid is amazing in cleaning grime from stainless steel. It cleans off excess oils and simplifies the polishing process. Mix 1 teaspoon of dish detergent and 1 cup hot tap water. Using a microfiber cloth, rub the detergent solution onto the marks in small sections. Rinse with clean hot water only, and dry immediately with a clean cloth.

Club Soda

Spray club soda directly onto appliances and then wipe in the direction of the grain. Not only will this help clean the surface of fingerprints and food residue, it will also give it a nice shine. Wipe clean with a soft, microfiber cloth.

Mineral Oil, Baby Oil or Olive Oil

For a fresh, shiny polish; dab a small amount of mineral-, baby- or olive oil onto another microfiber cloth and rub in the direction on the grain. This will add some deep shine to your appliance and remove any remaining streaks or marks. Plus, the polish seems to detract dust and fingerprints keeping the stainless appliances looking cleaner longer.


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