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How to Get Smears Off Stainless Steel

Updated February 21, 2017

Stainless steel decor is popular in kitchens, but it can be become covered with greasy smears and fingerprints with day-to-day use. Smudges on your refrigerator, microwave, oven and dishwasher can spoil the look of the cleanest kitchen. However there are some solutions and strategies you can follow to clean stainless steel and keep your appliances sparkling and beautiful.

Dip a terry cloth towel in water and wipe down the stainless, rubbing with the grain. Go over the entire surface with a paper towel to shine and polish the stainless.

Spray glass cleaner on the surface of the stainless steel and rub the entire surface with a paper towel to remove grease and fingerprints. Follow with a damp towel, rubbing in the direction of the grain to rinse the surface. Polish it with a dry paper towel.

Put a few drops of mild detergent in some water and saturate a terry cloth towel. Rubbing with the grain, wipe down the surface of the stainless steel to remove fingerprints. Rinse the surface with clear water. Follow with a dry paper towel to polish the surface.

Apply baby oil to the surface of the stainless steel with a clean terry cloth towel. Shine the surface with a dry paper towel.

Soak a clean terry cloth towel in club soda and apply to individual streaks or fingerprints. Shine the surface with a dry paper towel.

Dip a clean terry cloth towel in white vinegar and wipe the stainless down to remove fingerprints. Shine afterward with a dry paper towel.

Warning

Never us abrasives on your stainless or it will become permanently scratched.

Things You'll Need

  • Terry cloth towels
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Glass cleaner
  • Mild detergent
  • Baby oil
  • Club soda
  • White vinegar
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JIm Cooper is an attorney and business consultant. He serves on the board of many corporations. He is also a published writer with more than 30 years of experience. Cooper's articles have been published in "American Executive," "Men's Health" magazine, "Newsweek," "Marie Claire" and "Mademoiselle" magazines.