How to clean stainless steel sinks, counters, appliances & more!

How to clean stainless steel sinks, counters, appliances & more!

We all want the kind of stainless steel you can see your reflection in. Getting it? Well, that’s a different story.

So shiny!

Grime, fingerprints and dust mean our stainless steel is often a far-cry from the shining silver surfaces pictured in the interior design magazines – sigh.

All is not lost, however. Once you have a few stainless steel cleaning tips under your belt, keeping surfaces spotless will be surprisingly easy.

Are you ready to get the kind of stainless steel you’ve always dreamed of? Then get ready to learn how to clean stainless steel sinks, counters, microwaves and more.

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How to clean stainless steel

Here, the grain is horizontal.

In order to clean your stainless steel effectively, you should first find the direction of the grain. Get a little closer to your stainless steel, and try and find faint lines on the surfaces that all run in the same direction – this is the direction of grain.

By cleaning along the grain rather than against it, you’ll achieve much better results.

Now, onto the cleaning.

1. Water & cloth

If you give your stainless steel regular attention, it won’t need much cleaning at all. In fact, providing you don’t live in a hard-water area, often all you need is some warm water and a cloth.

This method is particularly effective for stainless steel surfaces that don’t come into contact with much dirt – drawer handles for example. For best results, use a microfiber cloth.

2. Dish soap & water

To clean stainless steel appliances, something more powerful may be needed. Again, there’s no need to reach straight for a cleaning product – a diluted solution of washing up liquid and hot water will do wonders on greasy surfaces.

3. White Vinegar

Sometimes natural is best.

For fans of natural cleaning, distilled white vinegar is a very effective method for cleaning stainless steel.

Just pour it into a spray bottle, spray all over the appliance or surface and wipe clean with kitchen roll or a dry cloth.

4. Stainless steel cleaning product

If you’d rather not mess about, there are many products on the market that are specifically designed for cleaning stainless steel.

They can be very effective and powerful, but are full of chemicals so be sure to read the instructions before you start.

How to remove limescale & tannin stains from stainless steel

This natural method is a miracle, seriously!

If you live in a hard-water area and have a stainless steel kitchen sink, chances are the solutions above will do very little. Unsightly tannin stains can also pose a problem.

There are many products on the market that are extremely effective at removing limescale, but there’s also a homemade solution that works wonders.

 Make a natural & easy stainless steel cleaner for your dirty sink today to blast away limescale the natural way.

How to remove fingerprints from stainless steel

Whether it’s fingerprints from the kids or paw prints from pets, there’s nothing that ruins the look of clean stainless steel like greasy marks.

The best solution for removing fingerprints from stainless steel is a household glass cleaner. Spray the chosen product onto a microfibre cloth, then wipe in a circular motion to remove marks.

How to shine stainless steel

Look at the difference!

If you’ve got family or friends coming round and want to get the house looking more spotless than ever, shining stainless steel will add the final flourish.

The secret ingredient to adding an extra gleam to stainless steel surfaces and appliances is olive oil. You don’t need much – just a drop on a soft cleaning cloth. Massage into the surface in a circular motion, then lightly wipe off any excess with kitchen roll.

I can’t wait to get me stainless steel sparkling. Do you have any of your own helpful cleaning tips to share?


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  1. 3 roger Merchant Reply

    fill the sink with boiling water. Put in 2 measures of Oxi Fabric Stain remover . It will bubble up. leave for 4-6 hrs. Drain sink and rinse. Your sink will be grease and stain free without having to rub or scrub.

  2. 9 Annette Reply

    instead of olive oil I use Baby Oil it smells Great too you only need very little just like olive oil i even use The Baby oil on my stainless steel BBQ !!!

  3. 11 Stephen Cavanagh Reply

    After cleaning your stainless steel surfaces, sinks or oven tops, use a small amount of baby oil. Rub in liberally and then buffs to a shine. This protects the surface and makes it easy to remove spills or stains.

  4. 12 Karen Andrews Reply

    Well I just use washing up liquid rubbed well in,,,then rinse down with boilin/hot water,,,the dry off with microfiber cloth,,, then put domestos bleach down the plug hole and in and around the overflow point,,and then sit down,,job done.

  5. 15 Brushless Drill Reply

    Almost all the appliances that we use in our homes are made up of the stainless still. The procedure shared above for cleaning the stainless steel is very simple and very effective. I followed the same procedure and it worked for me.
    Thanks for sharing this important article with us.

  6. 17 Marcus Reply

    Thank you for mentioning how you should use warm water and cloth to clean stainless steel. I can understand that doing this can help you avoid damaging it and helpful look lean and beautiful. A friend of mine was talking about how he needed to get stainless steel bench tops, so I wanted to know how to take care of this metal.

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