How To Clean Stainless Steel
How To Clean Stainless Steel

How To Clean Stainless Steel

Follow these 5 do’s and 5 don’ts to keep your stainless truly stainless.


When it comes to kitchen appliances, stainless steel has a lot going for it. Sleek, modern look? Check. Resistant to rust? Check. Shows every smudge and spot? Super check. To keep your stainless appliances truly stainless, follow these easy do’s and don’ts.


DO: Clean at least once a week.

Clean stainless steel at least once a week, or whenever smudges are visible.

DON’T: Put off weekly cleaning.

Stainless steel is an alloy of iron, chromium and other elements. When these elements react to oxygen, a thin film forms to resist corrosion. But because every smudge or stain interrupts this oxidizing process, regular cleaning is a luster-saving must. By cleaning more often, you keep your appliances newer looking, longer.


DO: Use a microfiber cloth or 100% cotton rag.

Microfiber cloths are absorbent and won’t scratch. 100% cotton leaves almost no residual lint. Paper towels can be too scratchy and leave lint behind.

DON’T: Use a rough sponge or scouring pad.

Don’t be tempted to grab a scrubbing tool to tackle caked-on messes. Just like potentially abrasive paper towels, scrubbers can leave nasty scratches.


DO: Use the right cleaners.

Windex® Original Glass Cleaner and Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner, which both leave a streak-free shine, are safe to use for removing the types of messes you find on stainless steel kitchen appliances, from fingerprints to food stains.

DON’T: Use abrasive cleaners.

Never use abrasive cleaners (such as scouring cleansers or powders) which can scratch the surface of your stainless steel and can permanently damage the finish.


DO: Spray on cloth first.

Holding the product about eight inches away, spray on a clean microfiber or cotton cloth. Use another clean cloth to wipe clean.

DON’T: Spray directly on appliances.

Treating the cloth, rather than spraying directly on your appliance, ensures that product won’t seep into the finish.


DO: Go with the grain.

Look closely. Stainless steel has a directional "grain," also called a polish line. For best results, wipe in the grain’s direction until your appliance is clean. Going against the grain could cause scratches.

DON’T: Clean a hot oven!

Clean appliances only when they’re cool to the touch.

How To Clean Stainless Steel