How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Debbie Henry - Sunday, September 29, 2013

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

Despite what the name may suggest stainless steel does need to be cleaned from time to time. Here are some tips on how to do it.

  1. Rub down the entire stainless steel area to be cleaned with a damp cloth of warm soapy water.
  2. Repeat this process using rubbing alcohol or vinegar with a soft cloth.
  3. Apply a small amount of commercial stainless steel cleaner with a damp, soft cloth. Rub in the direction of the "grain" lines on the stainless steel appliance's finish.
  4. Remove hard or stubborn stains, grease or baked-on foods with a nylon scouring pad and a hot, caustic soda solution. Refer to the owner's manual for instructions to prevent scratching surface.
  5. Rinse entire surface of the appliance with warm water.
  6. Apply a small amount of baby oil to a paper towel and rub down the entire surface of the stainless steel appliance.
Tips and Warnings

  • Clean stainless steel appliances immediately after use.
  • Common steel wool or steel brushes must be avoided to prevent excessive wear and scratching of surfaces that lead to rusting.
  • Only use solvents and caustic cleansers in a well ventilated room.
  • Never use oven cleaners or detergents containing chloride.
  • Never clean any surface until it has had time to completely cool to the touch.