You Don't Need Pricey Cleaners to Polish Stainless Steel

Sara Rodrigues
·2-min read

From House Beautiful

Stainless steel might be a renovation favorite, but the elevated material notoriously grabs dust, fingerprints, and grease almost as quickly as you've cleaned it. Luckily, stainless steel remains one of the easiest surfaces to clean even without expensive stainless steel cleaners.

Photo credit: House Beautiful/Sara Rodrigues
Photo credit: House Beautiful/Sara Rodrigues

Materials:

  • Water

  • Mild dish soap

  • Microfiber cloth

  • Soft sponge

  • Dish towels

  • Glass cleaner (optional)

Clean Stainless Steel with Soap and Water

Dampen a soft sponge with water and mild dish soap to wipe down the surface of your appliance. The sponge should be on the drier side to avoid water from seeping into the crevices of your appliance and damaging the stainless steel over time. Though stainless steel is naturally more rust resistant than untreated metal, it can still oxidize with repeated, long-term exposure to water such as in outdoor kitchens in a humid climate.

Wring out a dish towel and wipe off all soap residue. Once the stainless steel has been fully rinsed, wipe off any remaining water with another dry dish towel. Open your appliances to make sure there is no water caught in the doors or near hinges.

Photo credit: House Beautiful/Sara Rodrigues
Photo credit: House Beautiful/Sara Rodrigues

Remove Fingerprints from Stainless Steel with Glass Cleaner

Soap and water should remove most smudges and residue from stainless steel, but for stubborn fingerprints or in between appliance cleaning, spray glass cleaner and wipe with a microfiber cloth to prevent lint from sticking to the surface. A gentle cleaner like those made for kids and pets is best.

Some manufacturers advise against glass cleaners and other cleaning methods. Always check your appliance manual for the best way to care for your stainless steel.

Photo credit: House Beautiful/Sara Rodrigues
Photo credit: House Beautiful/Sara Rodrigues

Glass cleaner is an excellent alternative to stainless steel cleaner as it quickly removes smudges and fingerprints without damaging the stainless steel. Abrasive cleaners, sponges, and materials should never be used as they can scratch the metal surface and affect the stainless steel's longevity.

Regardless of your favorite stainless steel cleaning method, always fully wipe down the material to remove all liquid from the surface to enjoy your stainless steel appliances for years to come.

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