“Well. I don’t know. I like it, but it’s been around for a while now, it’ll be going out of style soon.”
Those were the words out of my mother’s mouth when I showed her my stainless steel fridge. 15 years ago.
Yes. 15 years ago when I bought my first stainless appliances my mother was worried that in a couple of years it would look dated. The Harvest Gold of the 90’s.
People still like stainless steel. But not everyone buys it because those people have the gift of foresight. Because even though it looks great, stainless is a pain to clean. Who knew one family could have many fingers and accompanying prints.
I remember when I got my first refrigerator my mother had come over to my house while I was at work and she attempted to clean my refrigerator with Windex. Now keep in mind I had, on numerous occasions, told her that you couldn’t clean this stainless fridge with Windex. That it would go streaky, and frightening and awful and it would be so stressful it would put a person in the looney bin.
The looney bin, in fact, has a whole ward devoted to those who have tried to clean stainless steel with the wrong product. It’s right next the the ward filled with women who tried to convince their husbands The Golden Girls was a great show. Good intentions all around, but the end result is the same. Looney bin.
So that’s the explanation I gave my mother 15 years ago. Of course she ignored me and tried to clean my refrigerator with Windex and paper towels. Whatever happened to my mother? She went stark, raving mad of course. “Betty” as you know her is only playing the role of my mother. My actual mother is holed up in a well lit room where they feed her lime jello and try to keep her calm.
For years I also struggled with keeping my stainless steel appliances clean and in fact ruined both of them in my attempts. I used abrasives and sponges and things that could clean the bottom of an elephant’s foot, but maybe weren’t the best things for stainless steel.
But I was desperate. There HAD to be something strong enough to cut through the dreaded fingerprint.
I never discovered it. UNTIL I got my new appliances.
When my stove arrived I actually emailed the Blue Star representative in my area to ask him HOW to clean it so I’d end up as the owner of a sparkling appliance and not the resident of an institution. Was there a secret spray I didn’t know about? The latest and greatest killer chemical that would obliterate the smudges on my stove? Because I was O.K. with that.
The answer he gave me was embarrassingly simple and I wish I knew about it 15 years ago.
TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL ALL YOU NEED IS A MICROFIBER CLOTH AND WARM WATER.
That’s it. 2 microfiber cloths if you want to do an especially impressive job.
Observe the prints.
I made those prints special for you. Please don’t enter them into any database.
That little squiggly mark to the bottom right is a scratch, not a print. No idea how it got there.
To clean the prints from your stainless steel, dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and rub with the grain of the steel.
Once you’ve gone over it with a the warm damp cloth, dry it with another microfiber cloth.
You can even buy polishing cloths which are even finer than normal microfiber to give a final polish.
The prints are gone, it was easy, there were no chemicals and no special supplies other than the cloths which you can grab just about anywhere.
I was very tempted to buy this Simplehuman Stainless Steel Microfiber Cleaning Mitt but ended up just buying a pack of 4 from Target. It came with 2 regular microfiber cloths, a glass cloth (works great on windows) and a polishing cloth.
So there you have it. Smudge free appliances in no time at all, leaving lots of time for other things like dancing, watching television, dirtying up the appliances again and of course … visiting my mother. Bless her heart.