The Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Brand-new stainless steel appliances shine with an appealing sparkle that instantly upgrades any kitchen. Unfortunately, fingerprints, streaks, and water spots can rapidly ruin the appliance’s original luster after just a few days. Fortunately, a few standard supplies and a bit of effort can transform stainless steel appliances back to like-new condition.

The Best Way to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Good Housekeeping suggests consulting the manufacturer’s instructions first. Appliance owners should find these in the owner’s manual or on the manufacturer’s website. Some appliances may come with coatings that need special treatment. Otherwise, these suggestions should prove safe for most stainless steel:
  • Mix a teaspoon of dish soap into a quart of warm water. Use a microfiber cloth to rub the solution over the surface gently. Then, rinse with water. Use a dry cloth to finish the job.
  • Buff with a bit of mineral oil on a microfiber cloth to remove sticky or oily messes.
  • Spray a vinegar- and ammonia-free window cleaner on the appliance and wipe with a dry, microfiber cloth.
Consider buying disposable wipes made to clean stainless steel appliances for an easier solution. For example, Weiman makes Stainless Steel Cleaning Wipes, and this product earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. A two-pack of these disposable wipes costs about $15 and will probably last for years.

Pros and Cons of Stainless Steel Appliances

The gleaming stainless steel facade gives appliances a contemporary appearance that tends to match almost any decor. Still, people often need to replace just one appliance at a time. For instance, if the fridge goes out, few people will want to budget for a new oven and dishwasher so that everything matches. The neutral color of a stainless steel fridge will still complement a white, black, or even a 1970s-olive-green oven or dishwasher without looking like a mistake.
The durable nature of stainless steel also makes it incredibly durable. Resistance to rust, heat, and dirt can ensure that the appliance will look good for as long as it lasts. A stainless steel appliance should present a showroom appearance after years of use with proper cleaning.
Negatives for stainless steel appliances include:
  • Sometimes, stainless steel options cost a little more than other choices.
  • Stainless steel tends to show more smudges than other materials, but a damp cloth or appliance wipes can usually resolve that problem.
  • Sometimes, stainless steel isn’t magnetized, so it won’t hold fridge magnets. On the other hand, double-sided tape, mounting putty, removable hooks, and suction cups can replace the magnets for hanging children’s artwork and family photos.

Lasting Protection for Stainless Steel Appliances

HomeAdvisor says that common fridge repairs cost $200 to $300 to remediate. Some simple repairs may cost less, but typical repair companies will charge a minimum amount to make a house call. Fixing an icemaker generally costs about $350. Major repairs, like replacing the fridge’s motor, may exceed $1,000. Expect similar prices for repairs of ranges and dishwashers.
Manufacturer warranties often leave out important coverage and only protect appliances for a short time. In contrast, customers can purchase comprehensive and lasting protection from Upsie.
Upsie offers extended warranties directly to customers and not through appliance stores. As a result, Upsie costs up to 70 percent less than warranties sold elsewhere. Upsie customers enjoy 24-7 live claims, no-deductible home visits from certified technicians, and broad coverage of mechanical, electric, and electronic parts.
Customers can purchase Upsie warranties for large appliances bought in the last 11 months.

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