//Let’s talk Stainless Steel

Let’s talk Stainless Steel

Enter into a kitchen and still the majority are featuring Stainless Steel appliances. They can look new in most all cases, and reflect a high end vibe while fitting well being neutral in most designs, a kitchen full of natural wood cabinets or a modern design with white, marble countertops. Buyers also usually favor because it’s easy to find coordinating items like coffee makers, wine frigs, microwaves, blenders, mixers, and toasters in the same finish, with a complimentary stainless steel sink and faucet it demonstrates effortless uniformity. A buyer’s dream!

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Have you ever own stainless steel yourself?
Stainless steel is more of a challenge to keep clean because it shows fingerprints and can easily look streaky with a quick wipe! Because of this, it’s very important to move your cleaning cloth in one direction and go with the grain when you clean. I’m a big fan of microfiber cloth, but of course you can also use paper towels.

You should also remember that there are different types of stainless steel. You might need to do a bit of experimenting before you hit on exactly what works best for your specific appliance. In fact, if you have several stainless-steel appliances, each one might require a slightly different cleaning routine a few are listed later in this post.

The DON’T’s of cleaning stainless steel:

  • Avoid using steel wool or any other abrasive sponges or scrubber pads
  • Don’t use any chlorine-based cleaner or anything with chloride in it
  • Don’t use an oven cleaner
  • If your tap water is harsh, it it might leave spots or stains

Quick recipes to make your own cleaner:

Vinegar + Olive Oil

Many people swear by the simple combination of vinegar and olive oil for keeping their stainless-steel appliances clean.

  1. Add white vinegar to a clean spray bottle.
  2. Spray down your stainless-steel appliance.
  3. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.
  4. Once clean, dip your cloth into a small amount of olive oil.
  5. Move the cloth in the direction of the grain. This will add some deep shine to your appliance and remove any remaining streaks or marks.

Dish Soap + Baby Oil

Simple dish soap can also work to clean your stainless-steel appliances.

  1. Clean the appliance with dish soap.
  2. Put a small amount of baby oil on a microfiber cloth.
  3. Move the cloth in the direction of the grain to polish and shine your appliance.

Club Soda

  1. Add club soda to a clean spray bottle.
  2. Spray down your stainless-steel appliance.
  3. Rub the cloth in the direction of the grain to polish and shine your appliance.

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Store-bought style:

Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes (I am a big fan of the wipes! Easy and less fuss just a tad bit more expensive if you use them daily or so)

Simple Green Stainless Steel Cleaner – spray with a microfiber soft cloth for best results.

Therapy Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish – the most natural solution. Their formula uses a base of 100-percent coconut oil, as well as other natural ingredients (and that microfiber cloth)

Other Stainless Steel alternatives on the market are CleanSteel / Silver Mist.
They have a stainless look, the manufacturing process happens by applying a paint or laminate to a less expensive carbon steel.
These products will have a similar look are magnetic, and for the most part are finger print and smudge resistant. All of these products can be cleaned using everyday household cleaners or a mild detergent. It may be a better fit for you and your family!

There are a few downsides to the faux stainless finish though. If you scratch the surface of one of these products, the color underneath the paint or laminate may become visible. These scratches can rust over time. The look of CleanSteel and Silver Mist does not have the same luster as real stainless steel. How can you maybe tell quickly? The finish seems more gray than stainless.

Cleaning recipes are curiosity of HGTV. 

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