HOW TO REMOVE AND PREVENT FINGERPRINTS ON STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES
Stainless steel kitchen appliances can give your home a sleek, modern and timeless look. That’s one of the reasons that stainless steel appliances are so enduringly popular. People look at stainless steel fridges, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers as part of their home décor. They can make small rooms look bigger, too!
That said, the beauty of stainless steel can be marred by its vulnerability to scratches and fingerprints. If you have kids and pets, then your stainless steel home appliances may represent a battlefield where you struggle to protect your investment from damage.
At SimpleCoat, people often ask us how to clean stainless steel appliances. Here’s what you need to know.
WHY IS STAINLESS STEEL SUSCEPTIBLE TO FINGERPRINTS AND SCRATCHES?
Let’s start by talking about what makes stainless steel susceptible to damage. Steel isn’t soft – in fact we often use at as a metaphor for things that are strong in phrases such as the Man of Steel and Steel Magnolias.
The first thing you need to know is that stainless steel is strong—but it’s not invincible. It does a good job of resisting stains, as you might guess from its name. But even regular everyday use can lead to your stainless steel appliances being covered in fingerprints.
Our fingers have natural oils on them. When it comes to solving crimes, that’s a good thing because it allows law enforcement to track down criminals. It’s not such a great thing in your kitchen. The oil from your fingers adheres to stainless steel and dulls its shine. It’s your job to find a way to protect it.
METHODS TO REMOVE FINGERPRINTS FROM STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES
There are lots of ways to clean stainless steel appliances but most traditional methods aren’t great solutions for keeping fingerprints at bay.
Here are some of the products people use to clean and remove fingerprints stainless steel, and the problems with each.
Soap and water - Can create streaks, time consuming
Stainless steel polishing products - Often contains harsh chemicals that are not food safe
Olive oil - natural oils can become rancid over time, causing odors. Also attracts lint
Baby oil - makes stainless steel more susceptible to fingerprints, attracts lint and smudges
Furniture polish - Often contains harsh and sometimes toxic chemicals and fragrances that are not food safe such as butane, isobutane and petroleum
Additionally, issue with every one of these methods is that they are all temporary. They will remove fingerprints from your stainless steel kitchen appliances, but they won’t prevent new fingerprints and smudges from occurring. In other words, they’re stop-gap measures and not real solutions.
THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE AND PREVENT FINGERPRINTS FROM STAINLESS STEEL
The key to removing and preventing fingerprints from all stainless steel appliances in your home is using the best product available.
SimpleCoat is designed to be incredibly easy to use. It is completely nontoxic, family-safe, and food-safe. It’s ideal to protect your stainless steel appliances because it makes them fingerprint-resistant. Here’s how to clean your stainless steel appliances.
Take a clean, dry cloth (such as the soft microfiber cloth included with your bottle of SimpleCoat) and apply a small amount of SimpleCoat to the cloth. Wipe SimpleCoat over the stainless steel evenly.
Use another soft cloth to wipe off the excess product; no drying or curing time required.
Once you have applied SimpleCoat, you’ll notice that your stainless steel fridge and other appliances stay looking cleaner for longer than they did before. You won’t need to wage the same endless war against fingerprints and smudges because SimpleCoat will protect them – even if you have a house full of kids and pets!
You should also notice that any existing scratches on your stainless steel surfaces are less noticeable than they were before. While SimpleCoat can’t remove scratches, it does minimize their appearance, ensuring that your stainless steel appliances look as good as possible.
The best part? SimpleCoat is 100% food safe and nontoxic, making it perfect for use in your kitchen. It contains zero VOCs, solvents, oils, harsh chemicals, dyes, phthalates or fragrances. You can reapply it as often as needed. The frequency of reapplication will depend on the conditions and activity in your home, but we suggest reapplying weekly to monthly to keep your stainless steel appliances looking their best.