Clean Stainless Steel: 3 Ways

We have talked a lot about our products lately – how they are made, what they are used for – but we haven’t spent any time on how you take care of metal once you have an end product. This is kind of important, don’t you think?

One of the most common metals that people need care instructions for is stainless steel. While it is a stainless steel that doesn’t mean it isn’t prone to fingerprints, dust, scratches, and streaks. And it may be no surprise to you that a big reason that stainless steel attracts all these blemishes is because the most common place for it is in your kitchen.

So, let’s discover ways to clean stainless steel!

Warm Water

Water can be, and is, used in most cleaning situations. However, the minerals in water can also leave behind marks on steel if you are not careful. Use a microfiber cloth with warm water to clean your stainless steel application. Microfiber cloths are great at absorbing all the water to ensure you don’t leave behind minerals and your stainless remains scratch free.

Make sure to rub the cloth in the direction of the surface finish of the stainless.

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Stainless steel cleaners are great if you have scratches or tough markings. Most cleaners also polish the stainless steel surface. However, not all cleaners are created equal. Here are three recommended cleaners based on my at-home refrigerator test.

Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish

Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner is a liquid spray that has quick cleaning capabilities and leaves your appliances with a polished finish. Spray it onto a microfiber cloth and buff in the direction of the finish. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.

Homax Stainless Steel Magic Aerosol

The Homax Stainless Steel Magic Aerosol works great on tougher messes. It is magic (see what I did there) on greasy refrigerator door handles, stoves, etc. It also doesn’t leave too much of a film after cleaning up the greasy mess.

Window Cleaner

Window cleaners like Windex shine windows and mirrors, so it is only natural that they would shine stainless steel as well. This is a great easy fix for fingerprints. When I’m expecting company and don’t have a lot of time to thoroughly clean my appliances, I squirt a little bit of Windex on a cloth and presto! The fingerprints are gone.