Spring Cleaning: Cleaning Stainless Steel to Make it Shine

First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by our blog! We hope that you follow along the next two weeks as we bring our pro approved Spring Cleaning Series.  We have topics to cover all areas of your home and a free printable reward at the end for sticking around these next two weeks! So without further ado, let’s begin!

**Bonus Giveaway!!  Try any of our Spring Cleaning Series tips and share on social media using hashtag #AmeriCleanTips to be entered to win a FREE DRYER VENT CLEANING!

We decided to kick off the Spring Cleaning Series in the heart of the home… the KITCHEN!  If you’re like us, your family cooks here, gathers here, and makes a big ole mess here!  We wanted to start with one of the biggest headaches in the kitchen- stainless steel appliances!  They are all the rage in the appliance world but sure are tricky to keep clean.  If you can relate, you’re definitely going to want to keep reading!

We’ve scoured the internet for the top 3 tips for cleaning stainless steel.  Why did we pick 3 you might be wondering? Well… we wanted this series to be simple, low in cost, and convenient for you to apply to your home.  With various tips and methods, you’ll be able to select the one that uses products you already have (hence low in cost and convenient!)

Make Your Stainless Steel Shine!

1.  DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner

What you need:DIY Stainless steel cleaner

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean, dry rag

Directions:

Mix white vinegar and baking soda into a clean spray bottle (You can purchase these from the dollar store).  Once you pour the mixture into the bottle it may foam up a bit- make sure to let the foaming subside before you put the lid back on.

Spray your solution on your stainless steel and wipe with a clean rag following the grain of the stainless steel.

Why we like this method:

Vinegar allows you to clean with non-harsh chemicals and provides your surfaces with a great sanitizing agent.  Vinegar also cuts through the grease from fingerprints.

2.  WD-40

What you need:WD-40

  • WD-40
  • Clean, dry rag

Directions:

Working in sections (left to right, top to bottom), spray the WD-40 directly to the front of the appliances.  Using the clean rag, wipe and buff the spray off until the steel begins to shine.

Repeat until you have completed the process on the entire front of the appliance.

Why we like this method:

It’s quick, works great, and you probably already have WD-40 in your home.  If you don’t its a great product to have that works on various projects.

3.  Baby Oil

What you need:baby-oil

  • Wet Rag
  • Clean, dry microfiber rag
  • Baby Oil

Directions:

Begin by wiping down your appliances using the warm rag (baby oil will only shine and we want to sanitize first).   Once you have thoroughly wiped down your appliance front to sanitize, we are ready to make them shine!

Put about a quarter size amount of baby oil on your microfiber (an old t-shirt will also work) cloth and wipe left to right, top to bottom- making sure to follow the grain of the stainless steel.  Once you have cleaned a section, use the other side of your rag to lightly buff the oil off.  If you have any streaks on the first attempt, don’t worry just do the same process over again.

Why we like this method:

First and foremost, baby oil is chemical free and we’re all about green cleaning at AmeriClean.  Baby oil is also a common product in a lot of homes and if not it’s a cheap purchase at most stores.  Also, a lot of people who swear by this method claim that it helps to actually repel fingerprints and smudges.

What do you think?

If you try any of these methods for cleaning stainless steel, let us know! Tag us on social media throughout our Spring Cleaning Series with hashtag #AmeriCleanTips to be entered to win a free dryer vent cleaning!

*Winner must be in AmeriClean’s service area- Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois.  Winners will be selected based on participation during March 30, 2015 to April 10, 2015.

About AmeriClean, Inc.

AmeriClean, Inc was established in 1986 by Bob Eriks in a small warehouse as a provider of Fire Damage Restoration for Northwest Indiana.  Fast forward to today and AmeriClean’s services include CarpetUpholsteryAir Duct,  Area Rug, Ceramic Tile Cleaning; as well as: Water Damage Restoration,Fire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation.  With 30 years of experience, AmeriClean, Inc. is now a leading name in water, fire and restoration services for both residential and commercial properties.  For more information, visit our website or call 800.654.9101.