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How To Get Your Stainless Steel Appliances 'Showroom Shiny'

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Many stainless steel appliance owners will try to tell you that stainless steel is never really ‘stainless’.

That’s because no matter what they do, fingerprints and splashes never seem to leave their appliances alone.

But having clean and polished stainless steel appliances, like what you see inside appliance stores, can actually be very simple and easy.

In fact, most of what you need are just regular household items that you already have at home.

In 3 simple steps, we’ll show you how to clean and polish the stainless steel appliances in your kitchen, making them look like they just came straight from the Coast Appliance showroom floor.

We’ll then give you a quick tip to help you keep those pesky fingerprints off your appliances.

But first things first, here’s what you’ll need:


At least two non-abrasive, 100% cotton cleaning rags
Dishwashing soap
Baby oil or Mineral oil

Step 1: Find the Direction of the Grain

Look closely at the surface of your stainless steel appliances and you’ll notice that, just like wood, stainless steel also has grain flowing in a certain direction.
When you’re wiping stainless steel appliances, always wipe in the direction that the grain of the panel is going in. This will help make it easier to clean and give your appliances that “showroom shine”.
Do not wipe perpendicular to the grain or in a circular motion. You’re not going to damage the surface if you do, but you will be pushing any grime or cleaning residue deeper into the grain, thus making it harder to clean.
Always remember: go with the grain.

Step 2: Clean

Add a very small amount of soap onto a cleaning rag and rinse with just a little bit of water, only enough to make it damp.
Wipe along the grain of the panel, then immediately dry any excess water with a separate dry rag.
Did you know your dishwashing soap can also be used as your dishwasher soap too?
Dishwashing soap is great for getting rid of oils like fingerprints and grease off your stainless steel panels.
Other sites may suggest using vinegar, Windex, or other commercial products, but we found that mineral or baby oil works just as well and is much cheaper than some of the store bought cleaners.

Step 3: Polish

Drop a small amount of mineral or baby oil onto one corner of a dry rag. You don’t need much at all, just a couple of drops will do.
Once again, wipe the surface in the direction of the grain on your stainless steel. Use There shouldn’t be any excess oil when you wipe the surface, and if there is, that means you’ve put too much oil.
Added benefit: polishing your stainless steel with mineral or baby oil has an added benefit – the thin layer of oil actually helps to prevent fingerprints from sticking to the surface.

The Result

Polishing your stainless steel this way will give you maximum shine and actually helps to prevent fingerprints from showing – but only for a short time.
BONUS TIP: Keep the rag with oil drops handy in a sealed ziploc bag. Use this to polish spots that you may have missed and to wipe off any fingerprints as you discover them.

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