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