How To Keep Your Stainless Appliances Shiny And New

17 July 2017
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Stainless steel appliances look beautiful when they come out of the box, but after a few uses, some tiny fingers touching everything (including your new appliances), and your fur baby's nose inspecting (smudging) the new appliance, they may not look quite as beautiful as they once did. Life happens, but it doesn't mean your appliances can't still look like new. See below for some helpful cleaning tips for your stainless.

What You'll Need:

  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth


  1. Spray a stainless steel cleaner, which can be found at your local appliance or hardware store, directly onto the microfiber cloth. 
  2. Next, wipe the cleaner onto the appliance, wiping along the grain of the grain of the appliance. Wiping opposite the grain can cause fine scratches to your appliance.
  3. Wipe the entire appliance, folding the cloth to a clean side, and adding more cleaner as you go until you have finished.
  4. Repeat for all of your stainless appliances, being sure to wipe along the grain (which may be different for some of your other appliances).

For a daily cleaning, wipe your appliance down with water and a microfiber cloth. Once per week, use the stainless cleaner to give them that shiny, brand new look.

If you don't have stainless cleaner, you can use olive oil or cream of tartar instead. Apply either of these to a microfiber cloth and wipe your appliance down.

Removing Scratches

  • Fine Scratches. If you have some fine scratches in your appliance, remove them by buffing out the area with a fine grit sandpaper. Rub the sandpaper into the stainless along the grain (not in circles), then wipe the appliance down with stainless cleaner to make it shine.
  • Deep Scratches. For deeper scratches, use a course grit sandpaper to buff out the scratch (until you can no longer see it), then use the fine grit sandpaper to blend the area with the rest of your appliance. Again, work in the direction of the grain, then wipe down the appliance with the stainless steel cleaner to bring back the shine.

Stainless steel appliances are beautiful, but they do take some maintenance and work in order to keep them clean and looking like new. If this work seems like a bit much, look into stainless-look appliances instead, which don't show smudges and fingerprints as much. Talk to appliance dealers like Danville Appliance Sales & Service about which type of appliance will suit your family best.