How To Clean Stainless Steel in Your Home

Stainless steel appliances have been a popular option for the last several decades. This change happened in the way many things do: Stainless steel became a status symbol. Driven in part by gourmet cooking shows, homeowners began to think of themselves as serious cooks. Having a commercial-grade oven became a sign that cooking was no trivial chore for you. While its genesis may have come from status seekers, the look is still a popular one among homeowners. 

Of course, these modern stainless steel appliances are not really commercial grade. They just look the part. A commercial oven has to withstand much greater heat than its residential counterpart and are very heavy. Today’s stainless steel appliances are not nearly so powerful and heavy. You may not have to reinforce your kitchen floor to handle a stainless steel appliance. 

What you will have to deal with are some cleaning challenges. Stainless steel is a fingerprint magnet. You cannot just go to work with an abrasive cleaner on stainless steel. That will leave unsightly scratch marks. You can purchase commercially made cleaners that are specifically designed for stainless steel. These cleaners are designed to both clean and protect the surface. They are also often the most expensive solution. There is a way to clean and protect your stainless steel appliances without the need for specialized cleaners. 

Go With the Grain 

Like wood or some cloths, stainless steel has a grain running either horizontally or vertically. You made need to look closely but it should be obvious to you upon close inspection. When you clean, it’s important to clean in the same direction as the grain. The grain is made up of tiny grooves. Cleaning in the same direction means getting the grime out of these grooves. 

Use a Soft Cloth 

This tip comes from our friends at CleanZen, a Boston house cleaning company: Scratches and blemishes are a real concern with stainless steel. You need to clean with a non-abrasive cloth to avoid the problem. A microfiber cloth works best. By compacting many more fibers in the same space, microfiber cloths become much better at cleaning than a normal cloth. In fact, microfibers are so good at cleaning you can sometimes get by with just using water. If you feel you need something stronger than water to clean then there are options, aside from commercial choices. 


While vinegar is not a good choice for porous surfaces, it can work great on stainless steel. Vinegar is acidic and can cut through grease and grime. 


After cleaning with vinegar, some people like to protect the surface with oil. Wiping down with a small amount of oil is great for creating a shiny and streak-free surface.

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