Ok the kitchen is done…and it looks great! Now you can’t keep everyone from touching the surface of these beautiful stainless appliances! (You can try but having your entire family wear gloves all the time may not be an option!)
Let’s take a look at a few rules that I find to be helpful when cleaning Stainless Steel. Stainless Steel is known for its ability to be a clean surface that resists corrosion, rust, dirt, dust and grime. It responds well to cleaning, as long as certain rules are followed.
Microfiber Cloths and warm water is the less risky option. Dry with a towel or cloth to prevent water spots. Wipe in the directions of the polish lines. Keeping a spray bottle of water and white vinegar on hand to clean instead of just water will help with the tougher stains. Dish washing liquid can be used if your cleaning needs more power! Another tip I found helpful is to use a microfiber cloth with a small amount of olive oil on it for the shine.
How many times have your friends that have stainless complained about the fingerprints??? Well, fingerprints are one of the biggest complaints about stainless steel, but can be taken care of by using glass cleaner or household ammonia. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
Stainless Steel Cleaner
If you have had staining or scratching, or need to polish your stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option. Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. They also can polish surfaces nicely. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
These are rules not my opinion, remember if you used the wrong product on Stainless like a chlorine based chemical or harsh sponges the product will be damaged and not able to be fixed.
I personally as a designer am not a big fan of stainless steel for various reasons. It’s hard to keep clean, it shows scratches, and I really like appliances to blend into the background. I like to hide them when I can into the design, to put panels on them and make them completely invisible when I can.
That all being said, Stainless Steel appliances have been around a long time and I don’t see them leaving for some time. They can be a beautiful addition to your new kitchen and I have used them in many kitchen remodels we have done.
Do any of you that own Stainless Steel Appliances have tips you would like to share?