Cleaning Stainless Steel and What You Should Know
I love having stainless steel appliances in my kitchen. They are sleek, modern, and they look great with my granite counter tops. Unfortunately, stainless steel is prone to showing smudges, streaks, fingerprints, and water spots. You’ll see this the most on your dishwashers. This has caused me to wonder, “what is the best method of cleaning stainless steel?”
Thus, I’ve set upon a mission to restore the luster and shine to my steel appliances while giving them a good cleaning. At King of Maids, we always want to use homemade, natural, and eco-friendly cleaning products whenever possible.
Here’s what I found out: white vinegar and mineral oil is all you need to effectively clean and polish your stainless steel surfaces. Vinegar will work to sanitize the surfaces and oil will revitalize the shine. Let’s break down the process of giving your appliances the royal treatment.
Gather Your Supplies
- Spray bottle filled with white vinegar
- Dish of mineral oil (olive oil works well too)
- 2-3 rags or microfiber cloths
This isn’t an overly complicated task so you can easily get this done while cleaning the rest of your kitchen. Counting the fridge, stove, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, and sink, this project should still take 15-20 minutes to clean everything thoroughly.
Keep in Mind: Whenever you wipe your cloth against the surface of your stainless steel, always wipe in vertical or horizontal strokes in the same direction as the grain in the steel. Before you start, always determine the direction of the grain in the steel. If you wipe against the grain, you will end up with very unsightly scratches that stick out very obviously.
Cleaning Stainless Steel
To start cleaning stainless steel, spray down the surface of the steel with the vinegar. Feel free to apply the vinegar liberally to make sure it covers the surface completely. Then, use a soft cloth to wipe the vinegar off the surface in the direction of the grain. If there are tougher spots to remove, spray the spot with vinegar and allow to soak for 5-10 minutes. Then wipe away again and repeat this step as needed.
Now, you’ll want to use a separate rag from the one you used with vinegar. Dip the clean rag into the oil dish, soaking just the tip or corner of the cloth. You don’t need too much oil and you can always dip again. Once again, wipe in the direction of the grain. As you wipe, you’ll see the shine return to your appliance and smaller marks will blend away.
Finally, use your last rag to dry buff the appliances to remove any excess oil. That way you won’t have surfaces that are slick to the touch.
Focus on cleaning stainless steel at least once or twice a month and you’ll always have beautiful kitchen appliances. The coat of oil will protect the shine for weeks and the vinegar will totally clean the surfaces. You won’t have to worry about dulling appliances again. If you have any tips on how you get your stainless steel cleaned, we’d love to hear it. Join in on the conversation below.