A simple way to clean the exterior of a stainless steel refrigerator is to wipe it using a soft cloth and warm water. For tough stains, a solution of mild dish detergent and hot water works. Fingerprints, which are often a problem, wipe off with glass cleaner on a cloth.
Dirt and grime can promote rusting and corrosion on the exterior of a stainless steel refrigerator. Regular cleaning with minimal products protects the surface without damaging it, so it maintains the gleam that makes the stainless steel finish popular.
Warm water with a microfiber cloth tackles most everyday smudges on a stainless steel refrigerator. Working with the grain in small motions reduces the risk of scratches or leftover smudges. One teaspoon of mild detergent mixed with 1 quart of hot water can give extra cleaning power for dirt that does not come off with plain water.
Window cleaner is considered safe for stainless steel, but it can create streaks. Spraying the cleaner on a cloth first reduces dripping that leaves behind marks.
A final rinse with plain, warm water removes any leftover cleaner on the stainless steel surface. Drying the refrigerator with a dry, clean cloth helps polish the surface and eliminate any wet spots or drip marks.