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6 Surprising Ways to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances Easily

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Who does not want to upgrade their kitchen appliances to a room full of stainless steel? It a trend we see more and more in while cleaning Portland area homes.

Due to its ability to resist corrosion and rust, there is no guessing as to why homeowners love having stainless surfaces in their bathroom and kitchen.

However, anyone that does own stainless steel appliances can attest to the fact that it is anything but stainless. That is particularly true if there are little ones with sticky fingers running around the house. Water stains and fingerprints tend to make their marks on the surfaces of ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers.   

Check out the following proven ways to clean stainless steel appliances. Before you start having buyers remorseThe best place to start is with the basics and then work your way up as needed.

a part of the kitchen were there are lot of appliances that requires proper cleaning on stainless steel appliances.

Stainless steel appliances may be at risk of rust thanks to dirt, grime, and dust. Abrasive cleaning products, often with steep price tags, make promises of returning the surface back to its original showroom beauty. However, most fail to keep that promise.   

What if you could keep your appliances looking as shiny without all those expensive products? In this post, you will learn six ways that you can clean your stainless steel appliances and get back to their flawless finish. 

Make Sure You First Understand Stainless Steel Grain

a bread toaster appliance which is made of stainless steel, for optimal shine we need to understand stainless steel grain on proper cleaning

First, it is essential that you understand the direction of the grain on your appliances. Just like some fabrics and wood, steel, too, has a grain. There are distinct markings that are visible on the surface of your steel appliances.

In fact, each whole sheet will have the same grain direction. Most appliances have steel features, such as handles and knobs. Take notice that these attachments may have an entirely different grain direction. Before you get out the magnifying glass, you will not ruin your appliances if you do not wipe with the grain.   

In fact, you will not see anything dramatic at all. However, wiping vertically to the grain may cause more residue to go deeper into the minute crevices of the grain. For optimal shine, you will get better results by cleaning with the grain. 

Dish Soap, Mineral, or Baby Oil

Now It is time to gather your cleaning supplies. You will want to have two cleaning rags that are non-abrasive. The preferred ones are 100 percent cotton because they are the best at leaving very little residual lint behind.   

Although papers towels are a favorite cleaning choice, it is best to avoid using those because they are prone to leaving lint behind. Next on the list of musts are three superb cleaners; dish soap and Mineral or Baby oil to have on hand.

Now you are ready to clean those appliances. Dish soap is fantastic for cleaning dirt, grime, and fingerprints from stainless steel. It simplifies the polishing by wiping off excess oils.

Moisten one of your non-abrasive rags (enough to dampen the cloth) then add a small amount of your soap. Now, here is where finding the grain pattern comes in to play. When you see the grain, wipe in the same direction. For stubborn stains such as fingerprints, you may need to clean the area a few times.

When you are all done, if you see water streaks, use your second rag to wipe them away. Now, this brings us to the polishing part. Take your second cloth and add a small amount (two or three drops) of baby or mineral oil.     

Similar to the cleaning process, move in either direction and follow the grain. Following this procedure will yield optimal results. Pitch the rags in the washer to have for the next time.

Olive Oil and White Vinegar 

Using a microfiber cloth, pour some white vinegar on the rag or spray some on the surface you want to clean. For best results, allow the vinegar to sit for few minutes and then wipe away the grime following the direction of the grain.   

You can repeat these steps as often as necessary to remove any dirt and grime. Now, put a couple of drops of olive oil on a clean rag and polish for a fresh, clean surface following the direction of the grain. If you see any remaining residue, these will wipe away quickly with a clean cloth.

This refreshing method works amazingly well due to the vinegar and stainless steel reaction that cleans the grime while the olive oil brings back a shiny, fresh surface.

Club Soda

There are some products that now and then does something unexpected, and Club Soda is one of those. By spraying club soda on the surface of your appliances, it will clean greasy food residues and smudgy fingerprints.

Remember to wipe in the direction of the grain for a fresh, clean shine. Next, use your soft, microfiber cloth to wipe the area clean.    

Lemon Oil Furniture Polish

All you have to do to achieve a nice, shiny surface with lemon oil furniture polish is put a bit of it on a clean cloth and evenly apply it to the surface. After you finish applying the polish, use a second microfiber cloth to remove dirt and grime while providing a fantastic shine with a fresh smell on your appliances.

For best results, do not apply the polish directly on your appliance surface as it will leave you with more work if it is not applied evenly.     

Glass Cleaner for Fingerprints

The number one complaint with owners of stainless steel appliances is fingerprints. Especially for households with children. Mom’s have plenty to do every day without having to panic continually over the kids leaving samples of their lunch on the refrigerator door.  Fingerprints are no match for glass cleaners, such as Windex on stainless steel.

Using a microfiber cloth, spray the glass cleaner of the cloth and apply it equally in a circular motion to wipe away fingerprints. You can repeat as needed but rinse the cleanser off with a dry towel. 

Do not spray the cleaner directly on your appliances because you may end up working harder to remove splatter residue and drip marks. 


Is there nothing WD-40 cannot accomplish? There may be, but, cleaning stainless steel is not one of them. WD-40 may be the oddest method to clean stainless steel appliances, but it is one of the best.

Just spray WD-40 directly on a rag or onto the surface of your appliance, and then wipe the dirt and grime away.

Instantly, the stainless steel surface will be shiny and clean. Moreover, as a bonus, WD-40  gives it a layer of protection to assist with preventing annoying fingerprints from surfacing later on.

Conclusion: Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Appliances Doesn’t Have To Be a Headache

cleaning your stainless steel appliances doesn't have to be a headache by following the right procedure for cleaning.

If there is one thing our crew all Clean affinity knows is stainless steel is easy to maintain and durable, but it does require regular cleaning. The secret to keeping your “stainless” steel stainless is proper care and maintenance.

The surefire method is cleaning products that are specifically for stainless steel. However, these cleaners are the most expensive method and have tons of chemicals. 

Nearly every household has their share of stainless steel to keep clean whether it be appliances, sinks, or cookware. Our professionals take the time necessary to make sure our customer’s stainless steel is shiny and clean.

We believe that being “green clean” is better for your family and the environment. We hope these tips on will be helpful and if you have questions or concerns, we are here to help.

Do you know other ways to clean stainless steel? We would like to hear your ideas. While you are here, please like and share this post with your friends and family. Did you know we now provide house cleaning service in Salem?