Hey Appliance Fans,
Cleaning bothers me. Don’t get me wrong, I like things to be clean, I just don’t like the act of cleaning. I hope that one day, after I’ve made my millions in the appliance business, I can sit back and watch people do the cleaning for me. I’d be willing to bet; however, that there is a greater chance of the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and Sixers winning championships all in the same year than me being able to hire someone to clean my house (or make millions in the appliance business for that matter).
If you have white; bisque; or black appliances, this week’s entry doesn’t pertain to you. But if you’ve stocked your kitchen with stainless steel appliances, then read on.
Relax, It’s Just A Smudge
Stainless steel appliances show fingerprints. I know I’m not telling you anything that you haven’t heard before. There are TONS of cleaning products out there, but there are some products that you already have in your house that will work just as well.
For everyday cleaning, soap and water will work just fine. The only drawback is
that if you have hard water or don’t remove all of the soap, you will see some streaking once the surface dries. Don’t want to use soap and water? Try using olive oil. I know it sounds weird, but olive oils works really well at removing streaks. Whatever you do, don’t think that you need to use a ton of oil. A little bit goes a long way to remove those smudges.
Getting A Great Shine
Over time, your stainless appliances might become dull. This is normal wear and tear on the model. Want to restore that factory shine to your range or refrigerator? Head into your pantry, ignore the high-priced cleaner, and reach for the bottle of vinegar. White or cider vinegar will do. Grab a damp cloth and add some vinegar to it and buff your stainless. You’ll be amazed by the results. Incidentally, vinegar is a great cleaner too and it will remove streaks and fingerprints.
Die, Heat Stains
Maybe you’ve noticed heat stains on your cooktop, rangetop, etc. Olive oil or vinegar really won’t work so we’ll have to up the ante with a super expensive product: club soda. Liberally coat a cloth with club soda and clean the stain using a circular motion. Extreme stains might require even more club soda and some scrubbing effort. By the way, club soda is also a great cleaner for your griddle.
What NOT To Do
More important than knowing what you can use is knowing what you can’t use. Steel wool, scouring pads (like SOS), and wire brushes are all out as they will scratch the unit. Keep Comet and other abrasive cleaners far away from your stainless as they will scratch too. Don’t use bleach or any product that contains bleach or chlorine. Of course we tend to think that bleach cleans everything, but stainless and bleach do not get a long.
With hardly any effort (and money spent), you can easily clean your stainless steel appliances and have them looking new for years to come. Good luck and dare I say, “happy” cleaning.
-The Kieffer’s Guy