Stainless steel appliances and sinks can indeed add some flair to your kitchen, but many people are hesitant to buy them because they think they’re impossible to clean. While it’s true that you have to treat your stainless steel with more care than your average appliance, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep it shiny and looking good with the right cleaning products and techniques. In this article, we’ll cover how to clean stainless steel appliances, as well as how to keep your sink shiny and new-looking year-round!
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Soap scum is one of those things that easily seems to find its way into every nook and cranny of your home. It’s difficult to remove, so when it comes time for cleaning your stainless steel appliances, it can feel like an uphill battle. Luckily, there are plenty of different ways you can make short work of cleaning your appliances with minimal elbow grease required. The trick is finding what works best for you. For example, if you have stubborn stains on your sink, try adding some vinegar or baking soda on top of warm water; let it sit for about 10 minutes then wipe away. You may be surprised by how easily they come off!
Method 1 - Soap and Water
Wash with hot water using soap on your sponge or cloth. Remember that stainless steel can scratch easily, so use a Lola® Wonder Scourer™ Non-Scratch Scouring Pad for this. Rinse thoroughly. If your sink still looks dirty after cleaning, go over it with water on high pressure. This method also works well for appliances made of stainless steel. When done, wipe dry with a Wowables® Reusable & Biodegradable Paper Towel and polish with the Lola® Round n' Round Wonder Scourer™. You may need to repeat the above steps several times before you achieve desired results, but it will be worth it when you do! It’s easier than you think! If used regularly, soap-and-water cleaning will keep your stainless appliance shiny and clean.
Method 2 - Vinegar, Lemon juice, and Salt
Pour one cup of vinegar, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of salt into a spray bottle. Shake it up, spray on your appliance, let it sit for 10 minutes then wipe with a Lola® All-Purpose Cloth. Make sure you do not use steel wool or sharp objects since they can scratch your stainless steel. Wash with water after you’re done cleaning to remove any remaining solution from your appliances.
Method 3 - Ammonia, Baking soda, and Vinegar
If your stainless steel appliances are starting to show their age, use equal parts of ammonia, baking soda, and vinegar. Mix these ingredients together into a paste and apply it directly onto your appliances. Scrub it with a Lola® Pot Brite™ All-Purpose Scrub Sponge. Allow everything to sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing with water. Make sure you rinse thoroughly so that no residue is left behind! Doing something like cleaning stainless steel counters can help add value to your home; getting rid of rust stains will help sell your home fast!
Stainless steel appliances and sinks are clean, sleek, durable and beautiful—but they’re also delicate! These particular surfaces need to be cleaned differently than other, more porous materials such as ceramic or granite. If you use the wrong cleaning products on your stainless steel, you could end up with spots that are hard to remove. Follow the steps above to learn how to clean stainless steel appliances and sinks in a snap!