Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Make Stainless Steel Appliances Shine

Jenn's Disclaimer: My husband's Microsoft Paint skills are on point. Prepare to be amazed...

Classy, commercial, and timeless. When we were shopping for appliances for our new kitchen, we couldn't resist upgrading to flashy stainless steel. After they were delivered we were completely smitten... until we peeled the plastic off and realized they track every fingerprint and smudge.

There is a lot of advice on how to clean your stainless and Amazon will offer over 7000 remedies if you search "stainless steel cleaner". Many of the products do a good job at first, but that lasts just long enough for the first set of fingerprints. Enter the solution to keeping stainless clean - wax.

Before waxing, it's best to clean your stainless as thoroughly as possible. The best all around cleaner we found for stainless and just about every other surface is Bar Keepers Friend.

 This stuff will make a disgusting porcelain sink good as new, take those black marks from burned food off of old pots, and get rid of any streak or smudge on stainless steel. If your stainless is really dirty, start by giving it a light scrub with Bar Keepers Friend.

The last step - in the words of Mr. Miyagi:

Credit to Tumbler

We used good old fashioned Johnson Paste Wax, but any good car wax will do. The wax will provide a thin layer of protection on the stainless steel that will repel oil from greasy hands and prevent water marks.

Make sure to get a good even coat when you wax on!

 Then take a clean dry rag - wax off!!! Super simple and you don't have to worry about your stainless looking dingy for a few months!


  1. I saw a spray can right in the appliance section at Home Depot that the appliance specialist said they use to coat the stainless steel appliances so they do NOT show any fingerprints

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  4. I will try Johnson Paste Wax. Thanks for your information.