The Cleaning Secret of Stainless Steel

Updated: Nov 7

Everyone, including our Maid OK team, can agree that stainless steel is gorgeous. When an appliance arrives for installation, it’s breathtakingly shiny. You soon learn, though. With children or pets, stainless steel quickly becomes smudged. You do your best to clean it, but your efforts only result in a foggy mess. And a product that may work for one appliance doesn’t necessarily mean the cleaning magic will transcend to the others.

Stainless steel varies from brand to brand. To achieve that freshly installed, showroom look, our Oklahoma maids have gathered their favorite house cleaning tips to help you tackle your stainless steel products. Enjoy!

Tools Needed

One of the biggest mistakes our Edmond maids see most often is the wrong materials being used to clean stainless steel. You would think something similar to a wool scrubber would do the trick. But in fact, abrasive materials like these scratch the surface of your stainless steel. 

The alternative? A microfiber cloth. 

They’re fantastic for stainless steel cleaning. Not only are they kinder to your appliances, but they don’t leave behind residue. No scratches and no streaks — sounds like a win to us.

Now, it’s time to choose a cleaning method. Because no brand of stainless steel is the same, there are quite a few to choose from. Our Oklahoma City maids personally love these methods below.

How to Clean Stainless Steel without Scratching

Method 1

Apply lukewarm water to the microfiber cloth and gently scrub away grime and fingerprints in a circular motion.

Method 2

White vinegar is a great household item to have on hand. Apply it to the cloth and clean in circular motions similar to Method 1.

Method 3

Have some club soda on hand? Pour some into a spray bottle. Distribute an even coating of spray on the stainless steal then wipe in the direction of the grain.

Method 4

If you love to cook, there’s no doubt you’ll have olive oil on hand. Our Norman maids recommend applying a small amount to a dry cloth and buffing in the direction of the grain. Baby oil is also a great alternative. Just make sure not to use too much or it can get a little greasy.

Some Handy Reminders

After you’ve applied a solution to your microfiber cloth, clean the stainless steel fairly quickly. Don’t let it sit too long on the surface. Rather, quickly buffer it in to create a flawless finish. 

It’s wise to clean your stainless steel in circular motions first and with the grain, second. This can loosen up any grime within the grain and swipe away any leftovers. 

Still having some issues cleaning your appliances? Always remember, Maid OK is here to help. We make it easy to hire a maid when your home is expecting company. To book an appointment, just give us a call at (4045) 241-4407.

We hope you enjoyed this article on cleaning stainless steel! What other items do you have troubles cleaning? Let us know in the comments below and share your favorite go-to’s with our Maid OK team on social media.

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