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How to Take Care of Stainless Steel Appliances

Norfolk Rental Home Kitchen with Stainless Steel AppliancesMany excellent kitchens in Norfolk rental homes highlight stainless steel appliances. No matter if those appliances belong to you or your landlord, it is your responsibility to maintain every appliance in your kitchen. But when it comes to a stainless steel finish, it requires some extra care to prevent damage. Following a few easy maintenance tips will help you avoid scratched, worn, or otherwise damaged stainless steel surfaces. Like this, you can guarantee that the stainless steel appliances in your rental home will stay beautiful for a long time to come.

Use a Soft Cloth

One of the biggest mistakes people often make is utilizing abrasive sponges or cleaners on their stainless steel surfaces. Stainless steel appliances have a protective layer designed to prevent rust. But abrasive cleaners, sponges, and brushes will damage that surface, resulting in unattractive marks and, ultimately, rust spots.

Alternatively, settle on a microfiber cloth and a gentle cleanser. Use dish soap or white vinegar to prepare a safe cleanser yourself, or buy a product designed for cleaning stainless steel from the nearest store. To clean without damage, utilize your cleanser of choice and then wipe gently until the surface is clean and shining again.

Wipe with the Grain

In addition, many individuals do not recognize that stainless steel has a grain or fine lines in the material. Rubbing or scrubbing across these lines can cause scratches and mar the protective surface. Before cleaning your stainless steel, analyze it meticulously to see which direction the grain runs and then wipe gently in the same direction. If you’re not convinced, consult your user manual, contact the manufacturer, or check a product website to find out which direction the grain flows on your particular appliance.

Rinse with Clean Water

Numerous cleaners, even homemade ones, can result in unattractive film or residue on a stainless steel surface. That is why whenever you are done cleaning your appliance, it’s advisable to rinse the surface with clean water. Using a clean microfiber cloth, wet with clean water and wipe down the entire surface of the appliance. This will help prevent damage and leave a glossy finish.

Clean Regularly

People often make the last mistake with their stainless steel appliances by letting dirt sit for too long before cleaning it off. Generally, the longer you allow dirt and grime to rest on your appliance, it will be much more difficult to remove it. And, as we’ve already seen, harsh scrubbing and cleansers will damage your appliance’s protective coating. To give the appropriate treatment of your stainless steel appliance, wipe it down frequently and regularly, mainly after a wet spill, splashes, or fingerprints become visible.

Stainless steel appliances are a big investment. Therefore, it’s necessary to take good care of them. This guide will show you how to maintain stainless steel appliances clean and beautiful for a significant duration.


If you’re looking for a rental home that provides appliances for you to use, be sure to check out what Real Property Management Hampton Roads has to offer. You can contact us online or view our listings.

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