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How to get water stains out of your stainless steel appliances

Stainless steel appliances give a sleek classy look to your spaces, they are one of the most popular finishes for any type of appliances, but are usually seen more in kitchens. If you are looking to get this type of model for your own appliances or you already have a few. Then it helps to know how to remove water stains out of stainless steel. 

Here’s the thing about stainless steel, it can sometimes get stained. Shocking but true, the good part is there is usually a simple solution to get those stains out. One of the most common types of stains you can get on your stainless steel appliances are water stains. Because most of these appliances are kitchen appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens and more. 

The list includes different methods to get water stains out of your stainless steel appliances plus a few tips on what to avoid when doing so. 

Cleaning Vinegar 

Cleaning or white vinegar is one of the most trusted methods for cleaning. It’s natural, which is always good when dealing with kitchen appliances. Since it helps you avoid harmful chemicals near where you make and eat food. Also, it’s cheap and easy to find. 

What do you need?

  1. Cleaning or white vinegar 
  2. Paper towels, soft rag, or cleaning cloth
  3. Spray bottle

How to use it? 

Spray the water stain directly with the vinegar, let it sit for about 5 minutes and spray more vianger as you see fit. Then wipe with the cloth or paper towels. Repeat as much as you need to. 

Can vinegar damage your stainless steel appliances? 

Vinegar is a great choice for cleaning stainless steel appliances, but you need to be careful not to use it on appliances that have been scratched or damaged already. 

Rubbing Alcohol

Another good option for cleaning water stains out of stainless steel appliances. It cuts through the strongest stains and it’s a natural, cheap option as well. 

How to use it?

For this method you will need to soak the alcohol on the rag, paper or cloth and then work on the stain. Rub the stain out in the direction of the grain in the appliances stainless steel surface.  The alcohol will evaporate so there is no need to rinse. 

Can I use hydrogen peroxide for removing water stains?

This is not a good choice for removing water stains from stainless steel appliances. Since hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer it could damage the finishing of stainless steel appliances by causing rust and corrosion. 

Cleaning liquid for stainless steel

This is also a good option for removing water stains from stainless steel. For this method you will need to follow instructions specific to the type of cleaner. Be safe and use cloth and gloves when handling chemical cleaners and don’t mix with another cleaner, natural or not.

Is it okay to use window cleaner or Windex on stainless steel appliances?

No, these types of cleaners can sometimes have ammonia, which can damage steel and cause rusting.

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