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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

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So, how to clean stainless steel appliances? Well, stainless steel kitchen appliances are preferred by many because of their durability and style. But it also shows every little smudge and fingerprint. But there are ways to minimize fingerprints and smudges. Yes, your stainless steel appliances are an investment in your home, and you need to keep them looking good. And when it comes to cleaning stainless steel appliances, here are some tips.

Do’s of how to clean stainless steel appliances

Cleaning stainless steel appliances can be challenging and take time, but it is possible. Wiping your appliances down with soap and water is the most basic way to clean them. But that does not mean you should skip other spot-clean techniques.

  • Use soft cloths and non-abrasive cleaning agents like soap and warm water. We at TechVill Appliance Repair recommend non-abrasive, non-corrosive, non-caustic cleaning products.
  • The best way to clean stainless steel appliances is to use a damp cloth and mild detergent. First, dip a soft cloth in a solution of warm water mixed with a small amount of dish detergent. Next, wipe the surface of your stainless steel appliances. Wipe one section and then move on to the next. Rinse the rag, wipe again and let dry.
  • For fingertips on your stainless steel appliance, you can use a glass cleaner. Pour some onto a soft (lint-free) cloth rather than the appliance itself. This will allow you to wipe away fingerprints without the risk of scratching your stainless steel.
  • If your appliance is new or shows no signs of stains or scratches, try cleaning it with a stainless steel cleaner. This is particularly useful if your appliance has light coloring or was recently installed. To clear grease and food remnants, use a paste of baking soda and warm water with a soft cloth or sponge. Afterwards, clean the surface with unsoiled, wet cloth and dab dry.

Don’ts of how to clean stainless steel appliances

Yes, you might have heard recipes and tips on how to clean stainless steel. Most of them seem to work, but many will damage your appliances. And ruin the chrome or metal finishing on your appliances.

  • It is better to steer clear from abrasive cleaners, steel wool, bleach, ammonia-based products, or scouring powders. This can damage the finish and cause irrevocable damage to your appliance in the process. Also, scrubbing away at your stainless steel appliances may seem like an easy way to get the years of built-up smudges and spots out.
  • Further, don’t use regular cleaners from your local hardware store. Before you start cleaning using cleaners and polishers on your appliances, always check the manufacturer’s compatibility list. Always follow the directions in the appliance’s manual or on the manufacturer’s website. Some manufacturers will advise against a particular cleaner or polish, such as Windex. For instance, Samsung explicitly prohibits the use of anything other than water and a soft cloth to clean their stainless steel ranges and ovens.
  • Never use paper towels to clean stainless steel, as this could leave lint behind, which will give your appliance a dingy appearance. Avoid leaving any cleaner or water residue on the appliance surface.
  • Also, stay on the safe side and avoid using tap water to clean your stainless steel appliance.

That is to say, don’t be afraid of buying stainless steel appliances. Just follow these tips and let the sleek, modern lines and a smooth finish add character to your kitchen decor.

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