Category: Kitchen Appliance Maintenance

Preventing Rust on Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

Preventing rust on stainless steel kitchen appliances

You bring home your beautiful new kitchen appliances and transform your kitchen. Every time you step into the room and turn the light on, you find yourself beaming from ear to ear. The shiny metal is an incredible mixture of class and elegance – and you know you just boosted your home’s value. That is until one day you spot a small area of rust. How did this happen? And how does one prevent rust on stainless steel kitchen appliances in the first place?

It may not be big, but once you spot it, it stands out. And you know it is going to grow if you don’t address it. So, to help you out, we have some ways to prevent rust on your stainless steel kitchen appliances, including that beautiful new stainless steel refrigerator and more!

What Causes Rust on Stainless Steel?

It is a common misconception that stainless steel won’t rust. It may not be as prone to rusting as other types of metal, but it will, nonetheless, rust if given the opportunity. Its protection comes from a layer of chromium found in stainless steel appliances. It acts as a layer of protection against corrosion, keeping moisture and other debris from actually reaching the underlying steel and causing damage.

Unfortunately, this layer of chromium can become damaged and lead to rusting. A couple of the biggest culprits include cleaners and cleaning tools. The use of bleach or other harsh cleansers, for instance, can break down the chromium over time. Even more so if they get trapped in grooves or don’t get wiped away thoroughly. Using abrasive cleaning tools, such as steel brushes or pads, can also cause damage. They can scrub away the protection and easily leave behind scrapes and scratches. And guess what finds its way into the tiny marks caused by cleaning tools? That’s right – harsh cleaners. Corrosion soon follows.

You may think you are caring for your appliances, but all you are really doing is making them susceptible to rust.

Preventing Rust on Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

If you’d like to keep your appliances shining like new for years to come, below you will find what you should and should not do.

You should…

+Clean your appliances using mild soap and a soft cloth.

+Always dry your appliance after cleaning it – use a soft, dry cloth.

+Routinely wipe down your stainless steel appliances with a stainless steel cleaner or use mineral oil.

+Always wipe away standing water as soon as possible.

You should not…

-Use harsh cleaners or disinfectants that are abrasive or contain bleach, alcohol, ammonia, or chlorides.

-Use harsh cleaning tools, such as steel wool, scrub pads, or scrub brushes.

-Ever wipe down your appliances using your dish rag or sponge, as it could contain oils from food that may be damaging.

Removing Rust from Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

Prevention is the best way to reduce the chance of rust. But, if you find out about the above a little too late, all is not lost. There are ways to remove rust from your stainless steel kitchen appliances. Below are a few you can try.

Bar Keepers Friend

This relatively inexpensive product can be found in any cleaning aisle. It is a powder that you can use to make a paste with a little bit of water. Apply it with a soft cloth to the rusted area. Be sure to rub only with the grain, not against it. You want it to form a paste that you can easily wipe on, so don’t make it too thick or too thin. A quick Google search will give you different measurements for creating this, but it is best to just keep adding a little water until you get the right consistency.

Continue rubbing with a soft cloth until the rust is removed. Then, rinse it off with water and a clean, soft cloth. Dry thoroughly.

Baking Soda

Much like the Bar Keepers Friend, you can simply use baking soda and water. Again, you are trying to create a paste that you can rub in the direction of the grain, so you want to make sure you have a good consistency. Using a soft cloth, continue rubbing the mixture on the rust spot until it disappears.

Rinse with water and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Another chemical-free option involves using 1 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of vinegar. Mix together to create a paste. This time, you want to let it sit on the rust spot, so apply it and leave it alone for about 5 minutes.

Using a soft cloth or a soft brush, begin scrubbing the spot in the direction of the grain.

Once the rust is removed, rinse with water and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Baking Soda and Liquid Dish Soap

Many have found success with this method of cleaning rust from stainless steel appliances. Like the other options, create a paste with baking soda and liquid dish soap. Rub it into the rust stain. Once the rust disappears, rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.

Salt and Lime

Believe it or not, you can take a shot of tequila and use the salt and lime to clean the rust on your stainless steel appliances. Squeeze a lime over the rusted area and pour on the salt to cover the rusted area. Let it sit for a couple of hours – at least two. Then, using the lime peeling, scrub the area to remove the rust.

Rinse with water and thoroughly dry with a soft cloth.

Cream of Tartar and Lemon Juice

Sticking with the chemical-free theme, we’ve got a mixture of cream of tartar and lemon juice. The ratio is 1 tbsp of cream of tartar to a few drops of lemon juice. Using a soft brush and going with the grain, rub the mixture into the rust stain.

Again, rinse with water and thoroughly dry with a soft cloth.

The Best Solution?

As you can tell, there are many solutions for removing rust from stainless steel appliances. To find the best solution for your rust spot, you may have to try a couple.

Once you have successfully removed the rust, be sure to keep an eye on it as it may appear again one day down the road. When it does, you will know exactly what to do. In the meantime – take steps to prevent your stainless steel appliances from rusting in the first place!

For more tips on modern kitchen appliances, visit THOR Kitchen online.

How to Clean an Electric Stove Top

How to clean an electric stove top

An electric stove top can be a beautiful and eye-catching addition to a kitchen. And no matter how much it is used, cleaning it regularly will make it appear as though it has never been touched. However, not everyone knows how to clean an electric stove top.

The good news is that there is no intricate cleaning technique or even expensive cleaners that you have to buy to make it look so stunning. In fact, most of the supplies are probably already in your house!

Here is everything you need to know on how to clean an electric stove top.

Supplies You Need

Before you can get started on cleaning your electric stove top, it is very important that you have all the right tools. Without them, you could risk damaging the surface of the stovetop. So gather up the following, and then let’s get started.

Baking soda


-Dish soap

-Soft towel


-Warm water

-Glass cleaner

Step 1: Remove Coils and Drip Pans

For those stoves that have coils and drip pans, go ahead and remove them. Use a sponge and warm soapy water to wipe down the coils. Rinse and let dry. Do not submerge coils in water.

As for the drip pans, remove any loose food particles and debris and submerge the drip pans in a sink of soapy water for about 20 minutes or so. Then, remove, rinse, wipe them off, and set them aside. Should any grease or food particles remain stuck, use your sponge to gently remove them. Soak longer if you need to.

Both of these can be placed aside until you finish cleaning the stove top.

Step 2: Create Baking Soda Paste

Create a baking soda paste and apply it to the stove top. This paste can be created using three parts baking soda to one part warm water. Mix until you have the consistency of a paste, and then apply to your stove top.

Let it sit for about 5 minutes. This will give it time to break down any residue or stuck-on food found on your stove.

When the time is up, wipe the stove with a soft towel. Whatever you do, don’t scrub with force or you may risk scratching the stove’s surface.

Step 3: Use Glass Cleaner

Once you have removed all the baking soda, use glass cleaner (or, if preferred, soapy water) and clean the stove top to remove anything left behind – and to make it shine.

Replace your burners and coils if you have them – and you are all done. It is really that easy.

Remove Burn Marks From Glass Stove Top

Burn marks left behind on the stove can be an eyesore for the unit. You want to get rid of them, so your stove can look great once again. Good news – there is a simple fix for that, too. You will create a paste much like you did when cleaning the stove, except this one is going to be a bit stronger.

Mix together two parts vinegar and one part baking soda to create a paste. Because the vinegar is more acidic, the two ingredients will react more with one another and cause a reaction that will work to break up the burn mark.

Do not scrub the marks as you don’t want to risk scratching the top. If you go to wipe away the mixture and you still see it has some work to do, leave it or reapply and let it sit longer. You may find you have to repeat this process a couple of times.

Degreasing an Electric Stove Top

If you have ever tried to wipe off the grease that has been caked on your stove top for some time, then you know the best you can usually do is to smear it. It looks terrible. Thankfully, using the right elixir, you can wipe it clean once and for all.

Turn on the burners for a minute to heat them up just a little bit. Pour a little bit of warm water on the stove, and then add baking soda. Let it sit (with the burners off) for a minute or so. Use a soft cloth to wipe up the water and baking soda.

Next, add dish soap to a soft sponge and gently scrub the area if needed. Wipe it up with a clean, dry towel.

This usually should take just one attempt, but if your grease is piled on thick, you may need to repeat.

Looking For an Electric Stove Top?

Maybe you’ve always admired the look of an electric stove top but thought they were work-intensive to keep them looking so nice. If so, you’re in for a treat. Now that you know how to clean an electric stove top to keep that clean, spotless shine, here’s one you don’t want to miss.

THOR Kitchen’s 36-inch Professional Electric Cooktop

The 36-inch professional electric cooktop, model number TEC36, will look sharp in any kitchen – with any decor and design style. This sleek unit boasts five burners that pack a punch, from simmer to high boiling temps.

A perfect combination of style, convenience, and power, this stove top comes with the following features:

-Lightningboil Burner Tri-Zone to get just the right temperature you need when you need it

-Sync burner to heat up large dishes in a jiffy

-Automatic shut-off safety switch

-Nine different power levels

-Touch glass controls

If 36-inches doesn’t fit your kitchen, then perhaps Thor Kitchen’s 30-inch stove top is a better fit.

Get Electric Cooktops, Ranges, & More at THOR Kitchen

Your stove is an integral part of your kitchen and is one of the most used appliances – but you never want it to look like it is. Providing your stove with regular cleaning for the stove top, the coils, and drip pans if you have them, as well as removing any burn marks or grease buildup, can keep it looking great all the time. Don’t forget – be sure to follow the directions carefully and, if possible, avoid harsh chemicals. And don’t forget that you never, ever want to scrub your cooktop with a rough sponge!

Well, that’s it. Now that you know how to clean an electric stove top, get yourself a professional Thor Kitchen stove top, set up a regular cleaning schedule, and enjoy.

You can shop all things THOR Kitchen by finding the closest dealer near you to get started.

5 Ways to Organize Kitchen Appliances for Spring

5 ways to organize kitchen appliances for spring

Spring cleaning – have you started it? This is the time of year when you focus on clearing out the clutter and welcoming in a new, refreshed space. After all, rejuvenation is what spring is known for, isn’t it? And being that you’ve probably placed a lot of time and effort into your kitchen, it’s always great to organize kitchen appliances as a part of your spring cleaning ritual.

Why Organize Kitchen Appliances?

It doesn’t matter how many times you clean your kitchen throughout the year, including getting that gorgeous stainless steel oven spotless – when it comes to spring cleaning, it is important that you take that extra step to get everything cleaned up in ways you normally don’t. And that means decluttering. Besides, how many of those little kitchen appliances do you really use? It is easy to collect small appliances throughout the year – and convince yourself that you need to keep them. A juicer, a new blender, a mini blender, a mixer, an air fryer, a dehydrator, a waffle iron, a panini maker, and so on. You may even have more than one of each. But, what in the world do you need two blenders for? Two coffee pots?

Friend, it is time to downsize.

And you don’t even have to think about where to start or what you should focus your attention on. Why? Because we are going to tell you.

Here are 5 ways to organize your kitchen appliances for spring.

1. Pull Out All Your Appliances – and Evaluate

The first step in getting yourself organized is to see what you’ve got. That means pulling out all of your small appliances and evaluating them. You can even separate them into groups based on how frequently they are used. Those you use often will find a space to keep. Those you don’t – or those you’ve never used – will have a different outcome.

Clear out a cabinet designated for the small appliances you use regularly. Not those you use when you make that one particular recipe every six months or so. You want to save your cabinet space for those things you use daily or weekly. If you need to get a stool and reach the upper cabinets, then do it. At least you are keeping them accessible.

 2. Get Rid of What You Don’t Use

If you cannot remember the last time you used an appliance, or you know it was a very long time ago, then declutter your kitchen by getting rid of it. If it still works, consider donating it to a local charity or put it on a site like OfferUp and sell it. If it doesn’t work, then see what you can recycle and get rid of the rest.

If you absolutely cannot see yourself parting with the appliance, but it is something you don’t regularly use at all, then find somewhere else for it to go – say, a box in the garage or attic.

3. Un-Clutter Your Cabinets

If you are struggling to find space for small appliances, then this is the perfect opportunity to declutter your cabinets. All those extra reusable cups that you will never use or those random coffee mugs you have been given as gifts. Or even that huge stockpot that you used once a couple of years ago.

Get rid of them – just like you did with your small appliances. If you need to keep them, store them somewhere else. Otherwise, donate or sell them.

4. Save Your Countertops

Look, it is easy to leave appliances on your counter. When you need them, you know where they are, right? Sure. But have you taken a look at how cluttered and frumpy your kitchen looks with all those appliances everywhere?

It’s no secret – leaving appliances out on your countertop looks unappealing and it takes away from the overall look and feel of your kitchen. As you have downsized to only the appliances you use regularly, give them their own space. Wrap their cords around them and store them neatly. Feel good about doing this.

When you need an appliance, pull it down and use it. Then, clean it up, wrap the cord again, and store it back where it belongs. Try it and you will surely like it. And, no we aren’t talking about your coffee pot. Things you genuinely use on a daily basis, such as your coffee pot or espresso maker, you can leave out. But everything else needs a shelf.

Additionally, consider saving space by investing in appliances that are made to stay out of the way. For example, a microwave drawer is a great option to free up counter space, leaving you room to spread all your fresh ingredients during food preparation.

5. Repeat The Process

It is spring, and you are organizing your kitchen appliances. Why not try it again in the fall? And the winter? Or maybe even make it a seasonal deep clean. The more you do this, the easier and less taxing the chore will feel. It will make you feel more in touch with your kitchen, too.

Having an organized and decluttered space makes you want to be in there. You will be more likely to spend more time in your kitchen and enjoy it.

Spring Cleaning Tips

While you are decluttering and organizing your space, why not do some of that extra cleaning, eh? Pull out your refrigerator and clean the floor under it. Dust the coils while you are at it. How about these tips:

● Wipe down the top of your range hood and remove and clean your baffle filters.

● Clean the outside of your stainless steel appliances, bringing back their youthful shine.

● Clean inside your appliances. That means wiping down inside your microwave, running the self-cleaning cycle on your oven, and cleaning out your          refrigerator. Wipe down the interior and then re-organize your food.

● Clean out your drawers and cupboards, take everything out, wipe them down, and then put them back in. Do this in your pantry, too.

● Give your sink a good deep clean, too.

● Wash down your countertops and your backsplash.

Clean Kitchen, Clean Slate

Taking the time to do some spring cleaning gives you a fresh slate for keeping your kitchen clean throughout the rest of the year. Not to mention that it makes you feel really good, too. So, don’t wait another minute. Organize your small appliances, get rid of the ones you don’t use, and get your kitchen in tip-top shape – just in time to cook dinner.

For more tips, tricks, and finger lickin’ recipes, catch up with THOR Kitchen by following our blog each week.

How to Remove Pesky Scratches on Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel is the top choice for an appliance finish. It has a sleek and luxurious look, but it is also functional and durable. Your kitchen’s stainless steel appliances look beautiful and shine brightly in your kitchen. And besides the fact that you want them always to look as good as the day you brought them home, kitchen appliances are an investment. The better you care for them, the longer they will last. As you live your daily life in and out of your kitchen, things will happen. A small scratch here, a big one there… Scratches on stainless steel are hard to avoid, but what can you do to fix them? Are you left with the scratches for good?

Thankfully there are some tricks to removing pesky scratches on stainless steel appliances – even the deep ones. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Remove Light, Fine Scratches From Stainless Steel

Some scratches that make their way onto your refrigerator door, for example, are light and fine. By gently rubbing your finger over them, you can tell they didn’t go deep into the surface. And that’s great – it means it is a simple fix if you are willing to put in a little work. Here’s what you will need to get started: 

A few soft microfiber cloths 

  • Stainless steel scratch remover (Bar Keeper’s Friend or similar)
  • Vinegar
  • Whitening toothpaste (optional scratch remover)
  • Baking soda (optional scratch remover)

Step One: Clean the Surface

The first thing you want to do is grab one of your microfiber cloths and some vinegar. Wipe down the surface area where the scratches are, removing dust, dirt, food residue, and other stains. Rinse well and dry with a clean microfiber towel. 

Step Two: Apply the Scratch Remover Solution

First, find the direction of the grain. You will have to look closely at stainless steel as it is not as pronounced as some other surfaces. You are trying to determine where it is going side to side or up and down. 

Once you find the direction of the grain, put some of your stainless steel scratch remover solution onto one of your clean soft cloths. Then rub it into the stainless steel going in the direction of the grain. Keep working it into the scratch, back and forth. 

If you do not have a designated stainless steel scratch remover like Bar Keeper’s Friend, then you can try using whitening toothpaste or baking soda. The key is to mix the latter with a bit of water to create a paste. 

Step Three: Rest and Repeat

When you feel very confident that you have got as much of the solution into the scratches as possible, let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then, take a clean microfiber cloth and wipe away any excess remover solution. 

Examine your appliance – can you still see the scratches? If so, repeat the process again starting with adding the scratch remover. Do this a couple of times until you no longer see the scratches. Then, remove the solution with some diluted vinegar and dry with a clean cloth. 

If you can’t seem to get the scratches to dissipate, you may need to take a different approach as they could be more profound than you realize. 

Remove Deep Scratches From Stainless Steel

It is essential to take caution when trying to remove deep scratches – and follow the directions carefully. This could very well cause additional damage to your appliances. If you want to take the risk, great. If you think it would be best in the hands of a professional, then that may be a wise route to take. 

Either way, let’s go over what you need to do – and what you need to get started. 

  • Abrasive or scouring pad (400 to 600 grit)
  • A few soft, microfiber cloths
  • Rubbing compound or cooking oil. Or, a stainless steel scratch removal kit (like Scratch-B-Gone)
  • Vinegar

Step One: Clean the Surface

Just like you did with the smaller scratches, use a clean soft cloth and a little vinegar to clean the area of the appliance where the scratches are. Again, you are trying to remove any debris, dirt, dust, or food residue that may have attached itself to the surface. 

Be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean microfiber cloth. 

Step Two: Start Buffing – With the Grain

You will want to look closely and determine the direction of the grain, either side to side and up and down. Once you find it, add oil to the abrasive or scouring pad. Be liberal about the amount of oil you use. Yes, this can get a little messy. Use moderate pressure and buff the area going with the grain. This is key. Don’t press too hard or you may damage the surface. 

Step Three: Rest and Repeat

When you think you have successfully buffed it out, give your arm a break and look closely at the scratch. Can you still see it? Could it use a bit more buffing? If so, repeat the process using more oil. If you need to move to a pad with a finer grit, that may help, too. 

Once you think you have it to where it needs to be, it’s time to clean up. Use another one of your clean microfiber cloths and buff the area out – still going with the grain. You will likely have to keep repeating this until all the oil is pretty much gone. Then, wipe the area down with a clean cloth and some diluted vinegar. 

Maintaining Your Stainless Steel

Stainless steel appliances are relatively easy to maintain, often only requiring wipe downs and buffed fingerprints or smudges. You don’t even need to use chemicals to clean them most of the time. They are designed to last for years while always presenting themselves beautifully. 

Regardless of how clean you keep them, scratches are bound to happen. The good news is that with a bit of time and attention, you can remove those pesky scratches for good.

How to Clean Kitchen Appliances (Step by Step)

how to clean kitchen appliances

Cleaning a kitchen can be overwhelming. Sure, you have the floors and the countertops to contend with, but what about the appliances? These make up a huge part of your kitchen and, unfortunately, they take the brunt of almost everything you do in there. So, when it comes time to clean your kitchen, you are going to want to make sure you clean your appliances.

This entire process does not have to be a chore. In fact, it can be rather refreshing – get rid of the dirt and leave behind a beautiful shine. The end factor is always worth it.

To help you get started on this rewarding feat, we decided to break down kitchen appliance cleaning for you – step by step.

Clean the dishwasher (5 steps)

Your dishwasher is filled with your dirty, grimy leftover dishes, pots, and pans. You insert them into this machine on a daily basis. It is for this reason alone that you should want to clean your dishwasher.

Here’s how to clean the dishwasher:

  • Remove the racks from your dishwasher and set them aside.
  • Fill your detergent slot with white vinegar and run it on empty. This will help remove lime deposits and other build-ups.
  • Clean your fan slats to remove dust build-up.
  • Wipe down the inside walls with soap and water.
  • Wipe down the outside of the dishwasher with soap and water.

Cleaning the refrigerator (5 steps)

In and out and in and out. This is what happens with your refrigerator so often throughout the day. And even more often if you have a large family. This leads to spills, drips, fingerprints, and so forth in and on the appliance. A quick clean up will have it looking brand new in no time. And, it will remove odors and outdated food, leaving your refrigerator clean and organized.

  • Remove old leftovers and outdated food that is found in your refrigerator.
  • Pull everything else out of the refrigerator and set it aside.
  • Look for spills and leaks. Scrub those that you find with a combination of vinegar and water (or dish soap and water). These are both safe to use around food. Avoid using any chemical cleaners – especially those with strong scents.
  • Return all of the food to the refrigerator and organize it neatly.
  • Wipe down the outside of the refrigerator with dish soap and warm water. Be sure to get the handles of the door as this area tends to see a lot of dirt and germs.

When you are finished, consider carefully pulling out your refrigerator and cleaning underneath and behind it. You may be surprised at how awfully dirty this becomes.

Cleaning the stove (5 steps)

Maybe you cook on it a lot, maybe you don’t. But, having a dirty stove top can make your whole kitchen look less than eye-pleasing. Boiling pots can overflow and stick, dropped food bakes onto the stove top, food drips into the burners, etc. Don’t settle for a dirty stove top. Follow these simple steps to get it looking like new.

  • Remove grates from your stovetop, as well as the drip pans, and place them in a sink of hot, soapy water with a splash or two of baking soda. Let them soak for a couple of hours.
  • Scrub the stove top with soap and water or vinegar and water.
  • For foods that are crusty and baked on, use baking soda and hot water to remove.
  • If you have a glass cooktop, invest in a good glass cooktop cleaner and follow the directions to clean.
  • Use your vacuum attachment to suck up loose crumbs in between the range and the countertops.

Cleaning the oven (4 steps)

Many ovens come with a self-cleaning feature. You can follow your instruction manual on how to operate the oven in this mode. This is the best way to fully clean your oven. However, there are spaces that self-cleaning oven features don’t fix. For these areas, use a cloth with a mixture of water and white vinegar or soap.

  • For stuck on debris, use a sponge with hot water and baking soda.
  • Remove the racks and wash them by hand if needed.
  • Wipe down the exterior of the oven with soap and water. If your oven is stainless steel, be sure to go with the grain.
  • Harsh oven cleaners are available on the market but are not needed unless the above methods don’t work. If you do use them, be sure to open a window and have plenty of ventilation.

Cleaning the microwave (4 steps)

Your microwave is perhaps the easiest appliance in your kitchen to clean. Many people try to scrub and scrape to get all the splattered, stuck food off the base, sides, and even top of the inside of a microwave.

Here are four easy steps to clean your microwave:

  • Place a mug with water in the microwave.
  • Run the microwave for 1 minute, 30 seconds or longer (the goal is to bring the water to a boil)
  • After, let the mug sit with the door closed for a few minutes
  • Use a kitchen glove to remove the mug and wipe the interior of the microwave with a towel.

The steam from the boiling water will loosen remnants of food prepared in the microwave. Once loose, all you need to do is give it a wipe. Just be sure to wear gloves when removing the mug, as some mugs may become too hot to hold when containing boiling water.


Your kitchen is where you cook your meals and spend your time. You want it to be clean and free of germs and debris. Clean up messes as you go – and spend some time doing a deep clean every now and then. This will keep your appliances healthy and happy.

How to Clean Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

How to Clean Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

People love the way stainless steel looks in the kitchen. It’s elegant light or dark finish matches most cabinets and walls and resists rusts and corrosion.

But it does require regular maintenance.

Today, we’re taking a look at a few methods so you know how to clean stainless steel kitchen appliances.

How to Clean Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

If your refrigerator, dishwasher, or range features a stainless steel finish, you’re probably wondering how to clean stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Doing so will keep your appliances healthy and looking great for years to come.

In this article, we will explore the following methods:

  • Store-bought stainless steel cleaners
  • Homemade methods
  • Mild dish soap and water
  • Club soda
  • Flour
  • Dish soap and baby oil
  • White vinegar and olive oil
  • Lemon oil furniture polish

Let’s get started!

1. Store-Bought Stainless Steel Cleaners

Due to the popularity of stainless steel kitchen appliances, there’s a wide variety of cleaning products you can purchase to maintain that beautiful stainless steel finish in your home.

Some stainless-steel store-bought products can be found at a bargain. However, most can get a bit expensive – especially those that offer you a sparkling finished product.

If you don’t want to spend the money to maintain your appliances or if you don’t necessarily want harsh chemicals on all the surfaces you and your loved ones touch in your kitchen, perhaps you will want to consider a homemade solution.

2. Homemade Methods

Some of these may seem odd – and you may wonder who would have initially thought to use some of these products – but you will be surprised at the finish. If you don’t feel like spending money on expensive cleaning products, consider giving these homemade methods a try:

3. Mild Dish Soap and Water

Using a solution of a dash or two of mild dish soap and warm water, dip a soft cloth and then wring out. Gently wipe down the appliances, spending extra time in areas that have more marks, fingerprints, etc. Once you are done, wipe the appliances dry in a buffing motion with a clean, dry soft cloth.

4. Club Soda

Either rub a soft rag soaked in club soda on the appliance or spray the club soda directly onto the surface. Then, rub it in going in the same direction as the grain. Follow up with a soft, dry cloth, drying the appliance by rubbing in the same direction. It will remove fingerprints and smudges, leaving you with a nice shine.

5. Flour

This idea may seem odd – and messy – but believe it or not, flour can work to make the stainless steel in your kitchen shine again. Simply pat the flour onto the surface and then buff it out with a soft cloth. Of course, you may want to reserve this as a last option due to the mess that it will likely ultimately make in your kitchen.

6. Dish Soap and Baby Oil

This is a great combination to leave you with your kitchen appliances shiny and fresh. Just take a soft cloth with warm water and a dash of soap. This will help scrub out any grease or grime that has found its way onto your appliances. It will also remove fingerprints. For tough spots, you may need to go over them a few times.

Afterward, dry the surface area and buff with baby oil using a new and clean cloth. Try your best to go with the grain.

7. White Vinegar and Olive Oil

This method works very similar to the dish soap and baby oil. However, instead of the dish soap, use white vinegar – sans water. And, buffing out the refrigerator with a soft cloth and olive oil can give it a beautiful shine.

8. Lemon Oil Furniture Polish

Lemon oil furniture polish is not designed for stainless steel. However, it has been shown to do wonders for the finish. If you choose to use this method for cleaning your kitchen appliances, then apply the polish to a soft cloth, not directly onto the stainless-steel surface. Then, wipe it on gently, going with the grain. Buff out using a separate soft, clean, and dry cloth.

What to Avoid

It is important to keep in mind that, as you clean your stainless-steel kitchen appliances, there are a few things that you do not want to let come in contact with your appliance. For example, these include things such as:

  • Harsh abrasives
  • Scouring powders
  • Ammonia
  • Steel wool
  • Bleach

These can cause great damage to the finish and will halt your ability to restore it to its natural beauty.

Stainless steel kitchen appliances are elegant in their design. Don’t get discouraged in trying to keep them shiny and clean. Find a method that works for you – whether store-bought or homemade – and faithfully clean your appliances. The more often you clean them, the less work it will take to keep them shiny and bright.

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