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How do you clean stainless steel appliances?

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Regularly clean stainless steel appliances with a mild soap solution followed by a clean water rinse. Use a nonabrasive cloth, and move with the grain of the steel during cleaning.

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  1. Prepare a soap solution

    Dilute 1 teaspoon of dish detergent in 1 quart of hot tap water. Avoid any soaps containing bleach, as they stain stainless steel appliances.

  2. Clean the appliance

    Wearing gloves to protect your hands from the hot water, apply the detergent solution onto the steel appliance with a microfiber cloth. Move along the grain of the steel to avoid altering the finish. Regular cleaning maintains the look of your appliances.

  3. Rinse the appliance

    Rinse immediately with clear water and a clean cloth. If water spots occur, use a clean, soft cloth, wiping with the grain along the surface. An air dryer may also be used if water spots persist.

  4. Polish the appliance

    Use mineral oils or commercially available polishes to buff away streaks and restore the luster of your stainless steel appliances. As in cleaning, move along the grain of the steel finish, and follow manufacturer's recommendations.

  5. Tackle stains with a Scotchbrite pad

    Certain foods such as ketchup, salad dressing and salt cause whitened stains on your stainless steel appliances when left for extended periods of time. Rub along the whitened area, moving with the grain, using a Scotchbrite pad to remove the stain.

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