*Heads Up Update: I am told this does not work on the brushed stainless steel appliances. So be aware!*
I just discovered this today and I couldn’t wait to share it! Here at The Smithocracy we believe in sharing with others. Something that my 5-year-old is trying really hard to comprehend.
But I digress.
Today as I was cleaning, I discovered the most amazing way to clean my stainless steel appliances. This may not be a secret to some of you, but it is new to me. And it works!
First a little history.
I love the look of stainless steel. And I believe so do most people. Although since owning it, I have often wondered where the “stainless” comes from. As far as I could tell, you could never quite get it all the way clean. There always seems to be that one finger print that just won’t go away. Or in my case, a slight sheen from where the sticker was. So I was a little bothered by this. In fact I was planning on putting forth a motion to have an official name change. Perhaps Stainable Steel. Or Slightly Smudgy Steel. Anything but Stainless Steel.
Until today! From now on it will remain Stainless Steel in The Smithocracy. This was achieved by only changing one thing in my cleaning routine.
I use Pledge (thanks to a recommendation from a friend) to clean my Stainless. I find that it works much better then any Stainless Steel cleaner I have tried.
I also like it because I don’t have to worry about overspray ruining my cabinets. Pledge is made for wood as well. So I just polish the cabinet up too. I prefer the Dust & Allergen Pledge, but Orange is nice as well. I also use a microfiber cloth. The one above was purchased at Target.
I had just finished cleaning my fridge and it looked pretty good. But there was still some smudges, that have been their since we bought the fridge last summer. It is hard to show in pictures, since it is so reflective, but I did my best.
The discoloration that is in the circle is left from the sticker. There was also a bunch of discoloration alongside the water dispenser. It is not in the picture because I had already used it to test my idea at this point. And since you don’t see it, it obviously worked!
“Tannie, your killing me, just tell us already!!!!!
Okay, okay. Here is it.
1. Spray spot with pledge
2. Let it sit about 1 minute
3. Wipe Clean
That’s it. Before I would spray and then instantly wipe. That took up most of the marks, but left behind some that seemed to be impossible to remove. The stainless cleaners were even worse, always leaving streaks and barely cleaning it. But today, I had accidentally oversprayed on my stove top while polishing the hood. I decided to ignore it until I was done with the hood. When I got to the overspray on the stovetop I noticed that a cooking stain disappeared with it. One I had resigned myself to living with forever. I tried it again, and another one was gone. I went to the fridge. Sprayed the side next to the water dispenser that was REALLY bad. Waited a minute and viola, Gone!
You can see that the sticker stain is gone in my after.
Well you could tell better in real life. But I hope the picture shows a little bit of a difference for you. Looking at it, you would have no idea that dirty small children touch it every single day…a lot…
Anyway I am so happy to learn that all I needed was a little extra patience. So now every stainless steel item in my kitchen is officially stainless once more.
Do you have any cool tricks you’ve discovered. Feel free to share!
***UPDATE*** So I still stand by the pledge method, however in order to stay on the up and up with all you Readers, I need to update what I am doing. I love the Pledge way, however I do not love the waxy buildup that occurs on my tile floor from the spray falling. For a while I placed a towel down. And that worked ok, but my laziness kicked in. For the last few weeks I have switched too Weiman Stainless Steel cleaner. It works really well so far. So I kind of go back and forth. With the Wieman I have to watch for overspray on the cabintes, Pledge I do not. So anyway, now you know all and my guilt is now relieved!
Also there are a ton of other good hints down in the comments section. So try them out and let me know which method you prefer! I am so glad that I am not the only one on a mission to make Stainless Steel stainless once more!
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