Helpful Hints for the Holidays – Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Appliances

The holidays are great, but they usually mean our favourite appliances are worked even harder than usual as we buy more food, cook more meals and do a lot more washing of dishes! If you have a stainless steel fridge, dishwasher, stove, kitchen sink, toaster, kettle or microwave, you’re probably noticing they’re showing signs of all the extra use – fingerprints and hard water marks, among others.

Fortunately, there are several ways to keep your Stainless Steel Appliances in their original, shiny condition – without having to buy expensive cloths and chemical cleaners.

Vinegar and Olive Oil
Not just for making salad dressing, these two simple ingredients, which are sure to be found in everyone’s home, are an effective way of bringing back the gleam to your appliances. Simply spray your appliance liberally with white vinegar and then gently wipe off with a soft, lint free cloth.

It’s important to wipe in the direction of the grain – yes, like wood, stainless steel has a grain – so that excess cleaning residue doesn’t get caught in the tiny crevices. Once clean, use the olive oil to bring up the shine. Just dab a bit of oil on your cloth and once again, rub with the grain.

Washing Up Liquid and Baby Oil
Washing up liquid is fantastic at removing stubborn, greasy fingerprints from big appliances like your fridge or upright freezer. Use “neat” on a damp cloth and wipe onto your appliance, remembering to go with the grain. Then buff up to a showroom shine with a couple of drops of baby oil.

Soda Water
Not just for red wine spills, soda water helps remove fingerprints and food residue and also gives a great shine – all in one application!

Lemon Oil Furniture Polish
Don’t spray this directly onto your appliance – rather put it on a microfibre cloth first and then onto the appliance, to help ensure an even application.

Steelmor Industries, a leading supplier of stainless steel plate, round bars, fittings, sections, flanges and tubing to the stainless steel industry, wishes you and yours a very happy – and shiny – holiday season!