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Unlike other surfaces, stainless steel is surprisingly easy to clean: just wipe away any streaks or smudges with a specialty cleaner like Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaning Wipes. Use a little elbow grease to get rid of any oil residue or fingerprints. If you don’t have any stainless steel cleaners on hand, you can use other at-home cleaners for a quick spiff up. Avoid scouring powders, steel wool, bleach, and ammonia to prevent damage to the appliance’s finish.
Regardless of what kind of stainless steel cleaner you’re using, make sure to wipe the cleaner in the direction of the metal’s grain. (FYI, streaks are the result of wiping against the grain or in a circular motion.) For extra shine, use enough cleaner to dissolve grease and buff with a clean microfiber cloth afterward.
While you can use dish soap or mineral oil to remove pesky marks and smudges, the only way to bring back your appliance’s natural shine is by using cleaners formulated specifically for stainless steel. On top of that, look for a cleaner with a protectant to repel soil and fingerprints like Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaning Wipes. That way you won’t have to clean your appliances as frequently.
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