Stainless steel is durable, germ-resistant, and coordinates with nearly any decor, but it’s also difficult to keep clean. Fingerprints and smudges show immediately.
For tips on how to clean stainless steel appliances —like the stoves, refrigerators, and microwaves at The Lofts in Morgantown, West Virginia— and keep them looking tidy, keep reading.
1. Spray the stainless steel with vinegar, wipe it down, and voila! If your appliance requires a cleanser with a little more oomph, a drop of mild dish soap and warm water should do the job.
2. To keep stainless steel clean, pour some olive oil onto a clean cloth and rub it in the direction of the grain.
3. Use a clean cloth to buff your appliance. This leaves just enough oil behind to prevent fingerprints and smudges from forming every time someone touches it.
Clean stainless steel appliances on a weekly basis. Cleaning less frequently, even every other week, causes buildup in the grain.
And never use abrasive cleansers or sponges on stainless steel, as they can permanently damage it.
You might also be interested in tips for cleaning leather furniture.