Clean Stainless Steel (Even Those Dark Water Stains!)

All that silver looks so sleek and professional — except for the water-stains and fingerprints, right? Take care of them with our 7 expert tips for cleaning stainless steel.

All that silver looks so sleek and professional -- except for the water-stains and fingerprints, right? Take care of them with our 7 expert tips for cleaning stainless steel.

Wipe Away Water Spots

Wet a thick, clean towel with distilled white vinegar that has been brought to a boil. “Lay the vinegar-soaked towel on the water spot and wait 30 minutes,” says Mary Findley of GoClean.com, a former pro cleaner and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Cleaning. Sprinkle with baking soda or Cameo — Findley’s polish of choice. Scrub, then wipe clean and dry.

Go with the Grain

Stainless steel has a grain, like wood. Always wipe with it to loosen and remove all the dirt from those little recesses. It makes a difference!

Dissolve Fingerprints

A little rubbing alcohol* on a soft cloth should zap the oily residue and grime left by fingerprints.

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