How to Keep Fingerprints Off Stainless Steel

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Stainless steel adds a modern appeal to kitchens.
Stainless steel adds a modern appeal to kitchens. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Stainless steel requires regular cleaning because dust, dirt, grime and fingerprints are noticeable on the shiny surface. Fingerprints, in particular, are impossible to keep off, and the oil from your skin also can put the stainless steel at risk for rust and corrosion. Cleaning stainless steel with items likely already in your home helps keep fingerprint smudges from ruining an appliance's appearance. Stick to a schedule and clean your appliance regularly so it remains in good condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloths
  • Microfiber towels
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Bowl
  • Commercial glass cleaner
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Stainless-steel cleaner or baby oil

Soak a washcloth in warm water. Wring out excess water and wipe the surface of the stainless steel. Dry the surface with a microfiber towel so water spots do not form.

Add two to three drops of liquid dish soap to 1 pint of warm water in a bowl. Soak a washcloth in the soapy water and wring it out so that the washcloth remains just damp. Wipe the surface of the stainless-steel appliance to remove stubborn fingerprints. Rinse the surface with clean water and dry it with a microfiber towel.

Spray the surface of the stainless steel with a commercial glass cleaner. Wipe the cleaner off with a washcloth and rinse the appliance thoroughly with cool water. Dry the appliance with a microfiber towel.

Pour undiluted white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray the surface of the stainless steel and wipe it down with a damp washcloth.

Polish the surface with a stainless-steel cleaner. Follow the directions on the cleaner carefully to apply it properly. Cleaners will help to protect the surface of the appliance and keep it in good condition. If you do not have a stainless-steel cleaner, dampen a washcloth lightly with baby oil. Wipe the stainless steel in small gentle circles with a microfiber washcloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Replace the stainless-steel cleaner or baby oil with vegetable or olive oil.
  • Never clean stainless-steel appliances with abrasive cleaners because they can scratch the surface.

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