Mrs. Fixit: Stainless Steel Appliance Care

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October 23, 2010 5:40:19 AM PDT
Stainless steel appliances give your home a nice modern look, but the fingerprints, smudges and streaks are a cleaning challenge. I have some tips to keep your stainless spotless!

The first rule in stainless steel appliance care: no abrasives and no chlorine. The surface of these appliances is a little more delicate and abrasives will scratch the surface and chlorine based products can pit the finish.

The best way to start clean up is plain old soapy water on a nice, soft cloth. This will take care of general dirt and smudges. Follow up with a rinse of clean water on a new cloth.

Just a note: if you have hard water it can leave a residue on your appliances. Polish them dry with a soft cloth after you've cleaned.

For oily fingerprints you do need to get a little tougher. Keep some rubbing alcohol in the kitchen and use a little on a soft cloth polshing with the grain to remove fingerprints.

The alcohol will evaporate quickly and leave you with a lovely clean shine.

I hope these tips keep your stainless steel appliances gleaming! I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple!