How to Clean a Stainless Steel Refrigerator

Stainless steel appliances can bring a sleek look and feel to your kitchen.  However, they do require some level of maintenance to maintain that nice appearance, most importantly when it comes to pesky fingerprints.  In this installment of our Fix-It in 15:00 video series, Lou has some tips on how to keep things looking clean now and in the future.

First a word about stainless steel itself.  Essentially, stainless steel is created when a variety of raw materials, such as nickel, iron ore, chromium, silicon, etc. is melted to the point of fusing together to create a durable alloy.  It’s corrosion-resistant and when properly cared for, won’t rust.

Knowing how to remove fingerprints from stainless steel combines the right products with the proper technique.  There are a variety of stainless steel cleaners & polishers on the market which you can find online or at your local hardware store.  In addition to cleaning the surface of prints, they also leave behind a protective layer to make future cleaning even easier.  Simply spray the cleaner on the surface of the stainless steel, let it sit for a moment to penetrate the oils of the fingerprints, and using a clean polishing cloth, buff the cleaner in going with the grain of the stainless steel.  This is important because going against the grain could cause micro-scratches that you definitely don’t want.

Stainless steel appliances can bring a sleek look and feel to your kitchen.  However, they do require some level of maintenance to maintain that nice appearance, most importantly when it comes to pesky fingerprints.  In this installment of our Fix-It in 15:00 video series, Lou has some tips on how to keep things looking clean now and in the future.

First a word about stainless steel itself.  Essentially, stainless steel is created when a variety of raw materials, such as nickel, iron ore, chromium, silicon, etc. is melted to the point of fusing together to create a durable alloy.  It’s corrosion-resistant and when properly cared for, won’t rust.

Knowing how to remove fingerprints from stainless steel combines the right products with the proper technique.  There are a variety of stainless steel cleaners & polishers on the market which you can find online or at your local hardware store.  In addition to cleaning the surface of prints, they also leave behind a protective layer to make future cleaning even easier.  Simply spray the cleaner on the surface of the stainless steel, let it sit for a moment to penetrate the oils of the fingerprints, and using a clean polishing cloth, buff the cleaner in going with the grain of the stainless steel.  This is important because going against the grain could cause micro-scratches that you definitely don’t want.