Stainless steel scratches easily, and even a mild kitchen scrubbing pad will mar or scratch the surface.
Tips for cleaning stainless:
- Use a microfiber cloth. These are more effective than lint-free cotton cloths as they leave less fibrous material on the surface of the stainless steel.
- Clean with the grain. You may have to look closely to see the grain, but you will be able to detect which way the grain is going. Rubbing against the grain, even with a microfiber cloth, will leave permanent scratches on the surface of your appliance.
- Using certain types of paper towels can scratch the finish.
- Water and a clean microfiber cloth is recommended. You can also use dish soap, vegetable or olive oil, or vinegar to clean the surface.
To clean with water/soap and water:
- Use plain water and microfiber cloth first rather than special cleaners. Stubborn stains and fingerprints will require extra rubbing or the addition of a few drops of dishwashing liquid soap. Rub in the direction of the grain.
- If you use soap, rinse off the surface with clear, hot water before you dry it.
- Dry the surface quickly in the direction of the grain so that it doesn't streak.
To clean with vinegar:
- A mixture of using 3 parts white vinegar and 1 part water can be used to remove greasy fingerprints.
- Spray your appliance liberally with the vinegar mixture.
- Using a clean, soft cotton cloth, wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain.
Clean with vegetable oil:
- If you want a glossy finish, any vegetable oil (including olive oil), will clean stainless steel.
- Rub the oil onto the surface with a clean, dry microfiber cloth in the direction of the grain, making sure any excess oil is removed.