How to Clean Stains on Your Stainless Steel Appliances Without Harsh Chemicals

How to Clean Stains on Your Stainless Steel Appliances Without Harsh ChemicalsYou don’t have to resort to harsh chemicals to restore your stainless steel appliances to their former glory. Whether you have children and pets or just want to create a healthier environment for yourself, you can actually take care of everything with a little water, mild dish soap, mineral oil and elbow grease.

Gather Supplies

You want this to take as little time as possible, so assemble everything you’ll need before you get started. This includes:

  • Soft, clean, non-abrasive cloths (we love microfiber!)
  • A bit of dish soap
  • Water
  • Baby oil or other mineral oil
  • Your two strong hands

You can use paper towels if that’s all you have to work with, but they will often leave behind a little lint and aren’t as environmentally friendly. But if you’re not as persnickety as we are, they’ll do just fine.

Determine the Direction of the Grain

Similar to wood, stainless steel also has a grained surface. By looking closely, you should notice little lines that either go left to right or up and down. A single sheet of steel will have the same grain throughout, but just remember to check each appliance or part of the appliance you’re cleaning because they won’t always go the same way.

Not following the grain won’t damage your appliance, but it will force more cleaner between the grooves and mix it with any residue already present. This means it won’t look as shiny and our goal is always maximum shininess!

Removing Stains and Smudges

Dab a bit of dish soap onto one of your clean, dry cloths and then briefly run it under the tap. You want to dampen it, not soak it.

Wipe down your appliance following the grain. For especially stubborn spots, you may need to scrub back and forth and apply that elbow grease. It’s totally fine, just make sure you follow the grain. Think of it like the Yellow Brick Road and follow, follow, follow, follow, follow!

Really Restoring Shine

Once you’ve wiped down the whole appliance and gotten rid of all the yuckiness, you may think you’re done. Drastically improved, yes, but not entirely finished. We want maximum shininess. Remember?

So to accomplish this, you’ll want to take a new clean, dry cloth and squeeze a miserly amount of baby or mineral oil onto it. Don’t use too much here because that can leave behind a residue that actually attracts dirt and grime, which is the exact opposite of what we want! (This is actually true of most cleaners.)

Following the grain, gently wipe your appliance with the oil to polish the steel and give it that just-out-of-the-showroom shine!

Now You’re Finished

That didn’t take too long! And now your kitchen looks picture-perfect. Or does it? Maybe you should take some time to clean these 10 other dirty things in your kitchen you may be overlooking.

If you can’t be bothered, maybe you should take some time to ask us to come do it for you. Contact us today and ask us about our professional cleaning services and pricing options!

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