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How to clean stainless steel appliances

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A magnet for fingerprints
Stainless steel appliances give a kitchen a modern and sleek look. Many people fall in love with the clean, contemporary shine of their newly-purchased appliances. Admiration often fades to disappointment, however, when the inevitable fingerprints and greasy smudges gravitate to the surfaces of refrigerator, stove and dishwasher.

If you want to know how to clean stainless steel appliances, read on. A little effort and cleaning know-how will help you to keep your stainless steel devices looking shiny and pristine.
Start simple Try the mildest cleaning solutions first. One simple method of cleaning metal is the application of water with a micro-fibre cloth. Not only is this an inexpensive way of cleaning stainless steel, it also does away with the need for harsh and dangerous chemicals.Another easy method for cleaning stainless steel is to spray it with undiluted vinegar and then wipe with a clean cloth. The acetic acid in vinegar effectively cuts through oily smudges instead of smearing it around as some cleaners do.For a cleaning solution with a little more punch, try some liquid dish soap and warm water. Whichever cleaning method you choose, remember to rinse the appliance to avoid damage from remaining cleaner residue. Dry carefully to avoid hard water stains. Read labels
If you decide to purchase a stainless steel cleaner, read the label carefully.

Additional tips:
Avoid cleaners with chlorine since this chemical element can damage the finish of stainless steel.Do not buy a stainless steel cleaner with any abrasive ingredients.Use the amount of cleaner recommended on the label, and try it out on a hidden spot before cleaning the entire appliance. Final word
The more highly polished the finish of your stainless steel appliance, the more vulnerable it will be to scratching and staining. Treat this type of stainless steel with great care. Remember that minerals in water can leave permanent deposits on your stainless steel, so dry carefully after cleaning.

While you are cleaning your appliances, take the time to clean your stainless steel sink. The same tips for cleaning your appliances apply here. With a little attention and care, your stainless steel will remain shiny and clean for years.

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