While it’s a fashionable way to give any kitchen that modern look, stainless steel has the major drawback of getting dirty easily. Whether on the cupboard, the work space, furniture, stove, or appliances, the slightest stain or fingerprint shows up immediately on the material. So how can you effectively clean stainless steel surfaces and make them shine before your guests arrive? Here are the answers…

Before/after fingerprints on a stainless steel fridge©The Crunchy Chronicles


Just a reminder, never use...

-bleach, pure vinegar, baking soda, concentrated stain remover or anti limescale agents which attack stainless steel and discolour it.

-an abrasive sponge for scouring, which will leave scratches.


Cleaning a stainless steel surface

-Soapy water

Add a little dishwashing liquid or Marseille soap to some hot water. Soak your sponge, clean the area and dry it off as quickly as possibly using a microfiber cloth. This solution will prove effective in removing food stains.


-White vinegar

Spray a diluted mixture of white vinegar and water 50/50 onto the stainless steel surface, rub lightly with a sponge and wipe clean. This method will allow you to clean the greasy areas such as the underside of the hood. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, just add a few drops of lemon juice to the mixture. 


-An argyle stone

White stone or clay stone is an efficient and environmentally friendly product for washing sinks, small appliances or even a stainless steel splashback. Rub a damp sponge on the stone, gently clean the surface, rinse and wipe with a microfiber cloth.


Make stainless steel shine

When your kitchen’s stainless steel has lost its shine or shows signs of stubborn limescale, you can use a few tricks to give it back its sheen. Take a soft cloth and apply a little olive oil, rubbing alcohol, or dishwasher rinse liquid to it. Gently wipe the stainless steel surface with the sponge and then wipe the entirety down with paper towels. Your stainless steel should have regained its lustre.


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