You love your toaster/food processor/KitchenAid mixer. But those pesky fingerprint marks and ugly brown spots on them? Not so much. If you’re wondering how to remove stainless steel stains, we’ve got you covered. We spoke to a few cleaning experts for the scoop—er, scrub—on how to best clean and care for your stainless-steel appliances. (Psst…these tricks also work to keep your cutlery in top-notch shape.)
“Stainless steel is a very hardy material,” notes Kate Jakubas, a metallurgist and founder of Meliora Cleaning Products. “It has a naturally occurring protective coating on the surface of it that will self-heal if scratched. All you need to do is keep it clean and let it dry. Scratches on stainless steel do not affect its performance, but if you want to keep the finish shiny, use the least abrasive products and tools you can to avoid scuffing them.”
Meet the Experts
- Kate Jakubas is a metallurgist and the founder of Meliora Cleaning Products, a company that creates eco-friendly, vegan household cleaning products.
- Carol Mehas is the founder of arbOUR, a company that creates natural, effective cleaning products from Soapbark.
- Angela Lee is the content manager at Hellamaid, a top-rated, award-winning cleaning company in Ontario, Canada that specializes in residential properties.