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Keep your stainless steel surfaces clean and shiny with the right knowledge and techniques!

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Cleaning Tips for All Your Stainless Steel Needs

Pssst! Let’s talk about something that adds a touch of modern elegance to our kitchens and homes: stainless steel. This wonder material brings a sleek, sophisticated vibe from refrigerators to ovens and even those sleek backsplashes.

“Keep your stainless steel surfaces clean and shiny with the right knowledge and techniques!”

stainless steel needs

Cleaning Tips for All Your Stainless Steel Needs

Pssst! Let’s talk about something that adds a touch of modern elegance to our kitchens and homes: stainless steel. This wonder material brings a sleek, sophisticated vibe from refrigerators to ovens and even those sleek backsplashes.

But just like your favorite white shirt, it needs a little TLC to keep it sparkling. Don’t worry, as your professional house cleaner, we are here not just to clean but to share knowledge. With a few simple cleaning tips, your stainless steel will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Why is proper cleaning of stainless steel important? For starters, it prevents those pesky fingerprints from turning your once-gleaming surfaces into a fingerprint hall of fame. Regular cleaning removes everyday grime, food splatters, and water spots, preventing that dreaded dullness. Neglected grime and mineral deposits can eventually dull the finish and even lead to rust. Yikes!

Mistakes to avoid when cleaning stainless steel

Now, before you run and grab the nearest sponge and cleaning solution, let’s detour around some common mistakes to avoid when cleaning stainless steel.

  • Steel wool, scouring pads are like sending your stainless steel into battle against the wrong opponent. They leave behind tiny scratches that trap dirt and make it harder to keep things shiny. Use microfiber cloths. They’re gentle, lint-free, and super effective at picking up dirt and grime.
  • Bleach, ammonia, and other harsh chemicals can damage its protective layer, leaving it vulnerable to rust. You can use white vinegar, it’s a natural wonder that can tackle stubborn watermarks and grime.
  • Cleaning against the grain: It has a grain, which is the microscopic lines running along the surface. Wiping against the grain can cause streaks – a big no-no!
mistakes you need to avoid when cleaning stainless steel

Best practices for Cleaning stainless steel in different areas of the house

Refrigerator: Regularly wipe down your fridge’s exterior with a damp microfiber cloth and soapy water. Remember to clean the door handles and gasket (the rubber seal around the door). Warm water and blue Dawn dish soap works best.

Oven: Use a stainless steel cleaner for the exterior and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for interior cleaning. Spray the cloth, not the stainless steel, and remember… less is more! Don’t use a ton of spray a little goes a long way.

Dishwasher: Many dishwashers have a stainless exterior. Clean it with the same methods you use for your fridge.

Backsplashes: These get splattered with everything from your homemade tomato sauce to grease. Use the warm soapy water and microfiber cloth method. For tougher messes, create a paste of baking soda and water (don’t worry, it won’t scratch). Apply it to the stain, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then scrub gently with a soft sponge in the direction of the grain. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.

Sink: Baking soda is a great natural solution for tackling tough grime. Sprinkle some baking soda on the surface, then scrub gently with a damp microfiber cloth. Rinse thoroughly and buff dry.

Shower fixtures:  A mixture of white vinegar and water (equal parts) can help remove hard water stains and soap scum. Spray the solution on the fixtures, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub gently with a soft brush and rinse well.

Clean Up Spills ASAP: Don’t let spills sit and bake on your appliances. They are easier to get rid of the faster you clean them up.

Bonus tip: Want that extra shine? After cleaning, buff it with olive oil on a clean microfiber cloth. Yup! Olive oil can actually clean! It adds a protective layer and leaves your surfaces gleaming!

Keeping your stainless steel surfaces clean and shiny doesn’t have to be a chore. You can make those appliances and fixtures sparkle with the right knowledge and techniques! But hey, if life gets busy, and cleaning sometimes takes a backseat, our cleaning technicians are pros at tackling dirt and grime, leaving your kitchen and home looking positively dazzling!

So, why not give yourself a break and let us handle the cleaning? If you need to restore and bring back the shine of your pots and pans, check out our blog, How to Clean Pots and Pans as well as Baking Sheets.

Heather

HEATHER CANNING, 
Head Mom at One Organized Mom
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