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cleaning-stainless-steel-appliancesStop Putting off Cleaning your Stainless Steel!

Stainless steel is a popular and attractive option for appliances, but many moms think twice about it because they worry about grubby hands and fingerprints streaking that shiny finish. Thankfully, stainless steel responds well to cleaning. There are several options for cleaning stainless steel appliances, and none of them are complicated or difficult. Once you know a few tricks, you'll keep your kitchen sparkling, and you may even get the kids to do the polishing for you!

Easy Cleaning Methods

The most basic and the easiest method for cleaning stainless steel simply uses water and a soft cloth. This works best for touch-up cleaning; simply wipe the stainless steel with warm water, and rub dry with a microfiber cloth to prevent water spotting. To prevent streaking on stainless steel, wipe the drying cloth in the "polish" directions that you can see on your stainless steel. For cleaning with a little more oomph, use a gentle dish-washing liquid and a soft cloth (perhaps after washing dishes since you'll have left over warm, sudsy water). Make sure that you rinse this well with clean, warm water and towel-dry to avoid spotting and/or staining from the cleaner. No one likes fingerprints on their stainless steel, and we all know that they are noticeable. For a quick touch-up, use glass cleaner. Make sure you dry it thoroughly, again to avoid streaking or spots.

Additional Stainless Steel Cleaners

The other methods mentioned are perfect for spot-cleaning or between touch-ups. When you need to really clean your stainless steel, or remove scratches or staining, go for a stainless steel cleaner. Good cleaners do not have to be expensive, and there are now more natural and "green" options. You should read the labels, as some cleaners are more labor intensive than others, and require buffing, etc. You should make sure that you are using non-abrasive cleaners and cloths to avoid scratching, and spot test your chosen cleaner in an inconspicuous place.

Moving Appliances for Easy Cleaning

If you must move your appliance to clean it, do so carefully, to avoid injury. Unless you have placed casters or felt floor protectors on your appliances before putting them in position, put cardboard on the floor in front of the appliance and move your appliance onto that to prevent damage to your flooring. After cleaning your appliance, put furniture sliders underneath it to make it easier to move next time.

With these easy tips, there is no reason you can't have shining and sparkling stainless steel appliances any time. Get the kids involved by making them "detectives." They have to find (and clean off) any fingerprints in the kitchen. The kid who "collects" all his or her fingerprints first cracks the case. Pretty soon, your little gumshoes will be wiping off more fingerprints than they leave behind.

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