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Solutions for Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

UAKC has new appliances that don't smudge

If you search the internet, it's unbelievable the amount of content and debate about cleaning issues with stainless steel appliances. There are some really bizarre cleaning recommendations too! The truth is that although stainless steel IS stainless – meaning that it doesn't rust – stainless steel does smudge and show fingerprints. The good news is that those smudges and fingerprints can be easily removed if you follow these 3 rules:

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel

  1. Always clean in the direction of the grain. Nearly all the true stainless steel used in appliances is a #4 Brush stainless. It has a visible grain. You must wipe the surface in the direction of the grain – not against it.

  2. Use long smooth strokes. You'll hear about all sorts of miracle cleaners including olive oil, baby oil, furniture polish, etc. Try a simple household window cleaner. It won't put an oily coating on your stainless steel surfaces.

  3. Clean the entire surface. Stainless looks best when the entire surface is cleaned. Cleaning just one area doesn't seem to work. It shows.

If you really hate the thought of cleaning stainless steel, maybe a finish such as the new Slate finish from GE is for you. It's a classy looking grey finish.

GE Slate

Click to read our previous blog about Slate.


Also, Frigidaire has a line of Smudge-Proof™ Appliances. Evidently, they are made from stainless steel with a protective coating. Make sure that you follow their directions on cleaning and DO NOT use anything abraisive.

Here's what Frigidaire has to say about them:


Frigidaire Gallery® offers an exclusive line of kitchen appliances that are made with a protective coating that is applied directly to the stainless steel, making it effortless to keep your kitchen looking beautiful.

Either way, Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center is here to handle all your appliance and plumbing fixture needs. Call or visit today.

Two locations to serve you – Calabasas and Studio City:

Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center

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November 24, 2013
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