You’ve settled into your dream home and the kids (or spouse) have made themselves pretty comfortable, especially in the kitchen. Thank goodness for memories and full bellies, right? But now you’re screaming at all of the scratches, fingerprints, and mystery marks on your beautiful new stainless steel appliances. How are you going to tackle the daunting task of cleaning them? Here are a few tips on how to maintain your appliances and keep your cool when the next mess happens.
- It is best to use a soft microfiber cloth or paper towel when wiping the appliances down. There are different types of stainless steel on appliances, so try experimenting on a small section to avoid new scratches. Make sure to go with the grain (the pattern of the steel) while cleaning to prevent further scratches.
- A simple combination of olive oil and vinegar is a tried and true DIY method for a cleaning solution. Spray down the appliance with a bottle of white vinegar and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. Once this is done, dip the cloth into a small amount of olive oil and wipe in the direction of the grain. This helps remove extra streaks and adds shine.
- Another easy cleaning solution is dish soap and baby oil. Simply clean the appliance with the soap, then dip your cloth into a small amount of baby oil and wipe down for extra shine.
- A few sprays of Windex could do the trick too. Use paper towels or microfiber cloths to wipe it down and get the same streak-free shine that you would on your windows or mirrors!
Of course, there are some major “don’ts” when taking care of your stainless steel appliances. Who would want to ruin the face of those shiny (and expensive) pieces?!
- Avoid abrasive scrubbers such as steel wool. This will create more scratches for the appliance and more headaches for you.
- Do not use any cleaners with chloride or a chlorine base.
- Harsh tap water could create more stains and marks. If your tap water is questionable, use purified water or bottled water instead.
Hopefully these tips will help you in your cleaning adventures! Remember: test small surfaces first to make sure your method works, never use any abrasive scrubbers, and enjoy your beautiful appliances in your dream home!