Remember how proud you felt when you bought your pristine stainless-steel fridge, dishwasher, or oven? You took it out of the cardboard box, put it in place, felt glad about the whole thing, and maybe even clicked a few pictures of it. When you look at these items now, they lack the luster that initially appealed to you, they’re full of smudge marks, and even looking at them closely leaves you a little disappointed.
Stainless steel, although gorgeous, is somewhat of a challenge to maintain. Keeping the fridge door from getting messy, and preserving the sheen of other stainless-steel items around the house needs extra care. Some people would straight up spray and wipe with a detergent-cloth combo. But there’s definitely a problem with that.
It’s vital to remember that anything that isn’t made for preserving the shine and polish of the steel will end up taking it away over time. Additionally, being gentle with the whole cleaning process – from the tools to the technique is fairly important.
What’s the best thing to use on stainless steel?
The million-dollar question. The answer won’t cost you much.
Using Baking Soda:
If you’re looking for a DIY solution, diluted vinegar or a baking soda paste, followed by using baby/mineral oil is often considered a good option for a quick buff up. But will it help with the tougher sticky tape residue, or tea/coffee deposits? Not quite. And what was that talk of bringing back the stainless-steel sheen?
Cleaning agents like WD-40 have been trusted to be fast, effective, and extremely useful in the cleaning and maintenance of stainless steel. Its special formula is engineered to get under the dust and grease and clean it up – sticky tape residue, or just plain kitchen grime. It’s an expert cleaner that is known to revive the shine of steel and is extremely easy to use.
The actual cleaning process
When it comes to cleaning stainless steel, it isn’t cumbersome at all – despite the posh and pampered vibe it gives off. Just spray the cleaner onto a microfiber swab and wipe horizontally, or vertically. It’s important to maintain the direction of strokes, just to avoid any swabs and fingerprints along the way. Do this regularly, and your stainless steel will always remain shiny and new.
Here are a few general dos and don’ts of cleaning stainless steel effectively
- Use a soft cloth or microfiber for the cleaning process, and not a thicker fabric.
- Always consider the cleaner that’s best for the final finish and polish.
- Begin with cleaning the appliance with warm water before using a cleaner if you prefer it that way.
- Always wipe away water streaks and such with a dry cloth at the end
- Never bleach. Ever. It will damage your beautiful stainless-steel look, due to its harsh cleaning components.
- Powder detergents and abrasive cleaners should be avoided since they will probably leave more scratches than sheen.
- Don’t undermine the effectiveness of regular wiping down, especially if you have access to cleaners like WD-40 which leave a protective layer that maintains the integrity and beauty of stainless steel.