Stainless Steel Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Stainless Steel Surfaces

A kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Stainless steel appliances, countertops, and other surfaces give any space a sleek, modern appearance…that is, until they get covered in smudges and fingerprints. Here are our best tips to clean all of your stainless steel surfaces and keep your space gleaming.

Tips for Cleaning Stainless Steel

Don’t Use Anything Abrasive

Stainless steel scratches easily and, because the surface catches the light so well, even small scratches are very visible. Never use abrasive powder cleansers or steel wool on stainless steel. Instead, opt for gentle soap mixed with warm water and soft microfibre cloths.

Use Warm Water and Soap

Fill up a bucket with warm water and dilute about a teaspoon of dish soap (we recommend something non-toxic and environmentally friendly) in it. Dip a microfibre cloth in the solution and use it to clean your stainless steel surfaces, then use a separate cloth dampened with warm water to wipe away any residue left by the soap.

Move with the Grain

Have you ever tried cleaning a stainless steel appliance and been shocked to find it looks even more streaky than when you started? This is a common problem that can easily be solved–simply make sure that you’re always going with the grain with your cloth. Do not use a circular motion as this will cause circular streak marks. Instead, move your cloth in a line, working with the grain.

Finish with Oil

Oil acts as a protective coating once applied to stainless steel, keeping it shiny and smudge-free for longer. After cleaning your stainless steel surfaces, drip a little bit of olive oil or baby oil onto a clean, dry microfibre cloth and work the oil into the stainless steel, moving the cloth with the grain.

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