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Home Maintenance  /  January 31, 2018

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances With Household Products

Stainless steel appliances have timeless appeal, and part of that is because of their low-maintenance properties. Despite this, they’re actually prone to showing hard-water marks, stains and fingerprints.

In this post, Handyman Connection of Matthews discusses how to clean stainless steel appliances with common household products.

What You Need

Before you start, secure these items:

–  Vinegar, preferably in a spray bottle

–  Paper towels

–  Microfiber cloth

–  Mineral oil (olive oil works, too)

Since this cleaning involves a lot of going back and forth, keep your materials close – preferably on a countertop or basket next to you.

The First Steps

Start by spraying your stainless steel appliance with vinegar. Spread it liberally throughout its surface and let it settle for around five minutes. Then, you’ll want to use a paper towel or a soft cloth to wipe the vinegar off. Make sure to do this in the direction of the grain, which goes either vertically or horizontally.

This is just the preliminary cleaning stage. For larger and more stained surfaces, you’ll want to do this step two to three times just to loosen up the marks and stains on the surface.

Polishing the Surface

Next, you’ll want to dip your soft cloth in your oil of choice. You don’t need to dip it all the way in as you can always come back for more. Now, with your oiled-up cloth, wipe the surface in the direction of the grain. This is enough to get rid of even the most stubborn marks off the surface of your appliance. Once you’re done, simply wipe the surface clean.

Handyman Connection of Matthew’s can help you with larger stainless steel surfaces with more stubborn marks and stains. Call us today at (704) 255-5626 or fill out our form to learn more about our home improvement and restoration services.

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