The sleek durability of stainless steel is a standard for today’s kitchens. While this hardworking finish is known for showing smudges and streaks, Maytag has some simple tips to help get the job done. Whether you’re working with a stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, stove or microwave, use this guide to keep your stainless steel appliances shiny.
Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances: The Basics
Store-bought stainless steel cleaners are optimal for cleaning your appliances, and should give them a nice polish as well. They usually just need to be sprayed onto the appliance then wiped with a soft cloth in the direction of the grain. If you don’t have a stainless steel cleaner on hand, use warm water mixed with a drop of dish soap.
Cleaning stainless steel frequently will help maintain the polish. Be careful not to use any of the following on your stainless steel appliances: products containing bleach, abrasive or grainy cleaners, glass cleaner, oven cleaner, ammonia or abrasive cloths or pads like steel wool.
How To Clean & Polish Stainless Steel Appliances, Step-By-Step
Always check your appliance’s Use and Care Guide before cleaning. If you’re using a store-bought product like affresh® stainless steel cleaning spray, make sure to read the instructions on the label before beginning. Follow the steps below or watch a video to keep your stainless looking like new.
Step 1: Apply cleaner directly to the surface
If using a store-bought cleaner, you’ll probably need to shake it before spraying. Once it’s shook up, spray it directly onto the stainless steel surface in an S pattern. If you’re using water with a drop of dish soap, apply it to the surface with a soft cloth.
Step 2: Wipe in the direction of the grain
Look for striations in the stainless steel finish running vertically or horizontally. This is the grain. Using a soft, dry cloth, wipe the cleaner in the direction of the grain. If you’re using a dish soap solution, rinse it off with a soft, damp cloth.
Step 3: Buff with a soft, dry cloth
Using a different soft, dry cloth, buff the surface in the direction of the grain until it shines.
BRING BACK YOUR STAINLESS STEEL’S BRIGHTNESS
Regular cleaning is essential, but you may also want to know how to remove rust and discoloration from stainless steel. Cooking and heat can create yellow stains or areas of rust on your appliances, especially your stove. The affresh® stainless steel brightener clears rust, heat discoloration and yellowing from stainless steel while restoring your appliance's brightness and shine.
Recommended Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaners
Find the right tool for the job with affresh® stainless steel cleaners, the #1 recommended appliance cleaner brand by Maytag brand.1 You’ll never question your clean with a spray, mousse or brightener that delivers a like-new shine.
UPGRADE TO FINGERPRINT RESISTANT STAINLESS STEEL
Most appliance brands today offer a finish that naturally resists smudges, like Maytag brand’s Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel. This seriously stealthy finish resists fingerprints, smears and streaks to keep your appliance looking as good on the outside as it works on the inside. And when major messes happen, it cleans up with a simple wipe.
Discover more appliance cleaning tips
How to Easily Clean Your Oven Find out how to clean your oven in a few quick steps with this guide. Learn how to clean different parts of the oven, and how often you should clean your oven.
How to Clean a Washing Machine: Step-by-Step Guide Some washing machines can self-clean, but most washers need regular cleaning. Learn how to clean your washing machine with this step-by-step guide.
How to Clean a Refrigerator Learn how to clean your fridge inside and outside with our guide. Our step-by-step instructions will show you how to clean your refrigerator so it looks great.
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1. affresh® brand products and the recommending brands’ products are all owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation.