QUICK TIP: How to Remove Water Spots from Stainless Steel Appliances

If you have stainless steel appliances, especially a refrigerator with an ice and water dispenser, you’ve most likely experiences those water spots and drips that seem impossible to wipe away with normal methods.  This ‘issue’ has come to light recently in our house with the endless water bottle filling and lots of water drinking (not complaining) but it seems like there are water drips down the front of the refrigerator all the time.  Case in point:

 

I use this method for cleaning my stainless steel appliances and I am still using that method but for removing those stubborn hard water spots, this trick is my favorite method – it works every time!  I simply wipe the appliances clean with white vinegar and then I polish the water spots as needed as a second step.

Here’s what you need:

  • olive oil
  • paper towel for application (you can use a microfiber cloth, but the oil will stain it)
  • soft microfiber cloth to buff and polish

Follow these simple steps:

Fold a paper towel into fourths. Apply about a quarter-sized amount to your paper towel – squish it into the paper towel so it isn’t just on top.

Start at the top of the appliance and apply WITH the grain of the stainless steel and from left to right.

Wipe away any excess with your paper towel

Buff with a microfiber cloth

Admire your no-spots or streaks appliance

 

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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have seen pictures of my refrigerator in my cleaning routine pictures.  Every time I post one of them, I am asked how I get my stainless steel to look so shiny.  How do I keep those pretty appliances looking new and not smudgy and full of fingerprints? If your house is anything like mine, they are covered in the latter more than they have that sleek showroom look.  I’ve tested and tried just about every brand on the market and have come to the conclusion that not all stainless steel cleaners are created equal AND not every brand works on every stainless steel appliance. Different appliance brands use different grades of stainless steel and they react differently with various cleaners. I can attest to this in my home because different products work on each stainless appliance.  This is why I set out to find something that worked on all of my appliances.

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What’s the best way to clean stainless steel appliances?

The first thing you need is a SOFT cloth to apply your preferred cleaner to the appliance.  My preference is a microfiber cloth – most specifically, a Clean Mama HOME Polishing Cloth. Of course I’m biased, but I researched and searched for the PERFECT microfiber cloths and then had them made for my line.  These cloths WORK!

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Through my research, testing, and trial and error, here are my top 3 favorite ways to clean stainless steel appliances – every single method uses a microfiber cloth for the application.

My Top 3 Methods for Cleaning and Polishing Stainless Steel:

Favorite Products to Clean Stainless Steel - Clean Mama copy

Choose one method – these are my favorites:

water (applied to the cloth) + microfiber polishing cloth

white vinegar (applied to the cloth) + microfiber polishing cloth

Williams-Sonoma Stainless Steel Cleaner (sprayed on stainless steel) + microfiber polishing cloth

Other methods to try:

club soda – spray on stainless and wipe in the direction of the grain

olive or baby oil – apply to a dry cloth and buff in the direction of the grain

window cleaner – some people swear by this technique – I suggest using a non-ammonia window cleaner

Application Process:

Apply water or cleaner to a microfiber cloth and clean quickly.  Quickly buff away any residue. Don’t let the cleaner dry on the stainless before buffing it in to the surface.  I recommend using a microfiber cloth that is designed to be used on stainless steel.

When applying cleaner you need to wipe your cloth in the DIRECTION OF THE GRAIN of the stainless steel.  This is because dirt can get trapped in the grain of the stainless steel.  This method not only cleans better, but your stainless steel will appear much cleaner this way.  I keep a little stack of microfiber cloths in a kitchen drawer with my bar mop cloths so I can easily wipe appliances as necessary.

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Do you have stainless steel appliances?  Any stainless steel appliance tips to share?

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How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances

 how to clean stainless steel appliances - clean mama

Stainless steel appliances have a sleek look until they are covered with fingerprints and streaks.  If your house is anything like mine, they are covered in the latter more than they have that sleek showroom look.  We recently bought a new refrigerator and I thought that my favorite stainless steel cleaner was perfect for all of my appliances until I grabbed it and tried to clean the new refrigerator.  Epic fail.  Streaks galore.  So this had me wondering about the best way to clean stainless steel appliances and what the best products are to use.

First of all, different companies use different grades and types of stainless steel which may need to be cleaned differently or may work better with different brands of cleaners.  I can attest to this in my home because different products work on each stainless appliance.  This is why I set out to find something that worked on all of my appliances.

What’s the best way to clean stainless steel appliances?

Apply to a microfiber cloth and clean quickly.  Don’t let the cleaner dry on the stainless before buffing it in to the surface.  I recommend using a microfiber cloth that is designed to be used on stainless steel.  This is my favorite one from Casabella.

casabella stainless cloth

When applying cleaner you need to wipe your cloth in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel.  This is because dirt can get trapped in the grain of the stainless and it will be and appear much cleaner this way.

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Find a product or method that works on YOUR stainless steel appliances.  I’ve found 4 products that work the best on my three different brands of stainless steel appliances.  For my appliances the Weiman cleaner and polish works the very best on all of my appliances.

4 stainless steel cleaners to try - clean mama

YOU ALREADY HAVE IT  – White Vinegar – apply directly to cloth and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth.

CLEANER AND POLISH – Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish – spray on cloth or appliances and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth.  Buff with a clean, dry cloth.

PRE-MIXED NATURAL CLEANER – Seventh Generation Stainless Steel Cleaner – spray on cloth or appliances and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth.

CLEANING CONCENTRATE – Branch Basics  mix up 100:1 – spray on cloth or appliances and wipe in the direction of the grain of the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth.

Other products and ideas to try:

club soda – spray directly on appliances and wipe in the direction of the grain of the the stainless steel and clean with microfiber cloth.

olive or baby oil – apply to a cloth and wipe on already clean appliance to buff and protect against fingerprints and smudges.

window spray – some swear by this technique – if you can’t get your stainless clean you might want to try this.

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