stainless steel appliance cleaning

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances and Sink

Stainless steel is difficult to clean, but there are some tips you can use to get the best results. First, remember that stainless steel tends to attract fingerprints and look streaky. While most homeowners will simply use a paper towel, other techniques may be required for different stainless steel appliances.

Always read the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions carefully. Not all stainless steel finishes are the same, and some have special protective coatings. It’s, therefore, a good idea to check with the manufacturer first before using any products on the appliances.

You can use common household cleaning products to clean your stainless steel appliances, such as vinegar or baking soda. You can also purchase special care products to help keep them in good condition. Jim’s Cleaning has a range of cleaning products including a Stainless Steel Cleaner. This product line is entirely free of chemicals and sourced from plants. Perfect for cleaning homes and businesses.

How to Naturally Clean Stainless Steel


Here are some common household products you can use to clean your stainless steel appliances.


Dish Soap

One of the best ways to clean stainless steel appliances is by using dish soap. It works great at removing grease and oil, and it’s also an effective degreaser. Just add a little dish soap to warm water and wipe the appliance gently, preferably with a microfiber cloth. Dish soap can also be used to remove stubborn fingerprints..

Cleaning your stainless steel appliances is easy and inexpensive. Stainless steel is a durable material, and a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning should be sufficient. While cooking, it is best to wipe up spills as soon as possible. If you need to clean up the appliance more extensively, you can do it yourself after a few days. If you have a spare moment, try spot testing the cleaning solution on a small portion of the appliance.

White Vinegar and Olive Oil

White vinegar is also an effective cleaning agent, and it sanitizes stainless steel appliances and leaves a nice shine. A combination of distilled white vinegar and olive oil works great on stainless steel. These two ingredients work together to remove grime and grease. When combined with a microfiber cloth, the vinegar and olive oil will polish the surface and make it shiny again.

Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths can also be used to remove water stains from stainless steel. Microfiber cloth is an inexpensive investment. When wiping down stainless steel, make sure the cloth is damp but not soaked. This will avoid leaving a film of cleaning residue in the crevices of the surface.

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is another great solution for cleaning stainless steel appliances. The lemon oil will give your stainless steel a shiny finish, so it’s a good idea to apply it to the surface once a month. However, avoid applying it to ovens and other surfaces that conduct heat. If you’re not comfortable using lemon oil, you can use olive oil instead. But it’s best to apply a cleaning agent before buffing the surface of your stainless steel appliance.

Avoid water

When cleaning stainless steel, you should avoid using water as much as possible. If you have to use water, you should make sure that you wash the surface thoroughly, using a soft sponge or nylon cleaning tool. In addition, you should use undiluted cleaning vinegar to remove tough stains. However, it is important to use caution with this cleaner as it can remove the oleophobic coating of stainless steel. For this reason, it is best to use it only on stainless steel that does not have a protective coating. Make sure to dry it completely after you are done using it. In addition, you should avoid spraying cleaning solutions directly on the surface, as this can leave splatters and drip marks.

If you notice that a particular area is difficult to clean, you can soak a soft microfiber cloth in a solution of baking soda and water. The paste will remove the grease and food smudges from the surface. After the cleaning is complete, you can wipe the surface dry and remove any remaining residue.

Discover more household cleaning tips with Jim’s Cleaning

If you’re interested in discovering more house cleaning tips for your apartment, home, or residential property, Jim’s Cleaning is ready to help. We offer more than three decades of cleaning experience in New Zealand and beyond, with dozens of franchises across the country.

Get in touch with us today to discuss housekeeping tips with a Jim’s Cleaning team member. We’re standing by at 131 546 to take your call and are prepared to answer your contact form anytime.
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