Modern elegance is an attribute associated with stainless steel appliances. They have had their way in the kitchen for nearly a century but in the early 2000s, they became so popular that many homeowners acquired them to seek status.

Over the years stainless steel appliances have changed. They just look the part but are not really commercial grade. For instance, residential ovens are not as heavy as commercial ovens for they cannot withstand much greater heat, they just play the part. These modern stainless steel appliances are not as powerful as they used to be.

Cleaning stainless steel comes with some challenges. You cannot just go rubbing and polishing stainless steel because unpleasant scratch marks are going to be left and you don?t want that. There are cleaners precisely designed for stainless steel but they are mostly expensive.

Here are some of the ways of cleaning without the use of specialized cleaners


Vinegar being acidic makes it a good choice to clean stainless steel for it can cut through grease and grime. Vinegar is not quite a good choice for porous surfaces but surprisingly it works wonderfully on stainless steel.

Soft Fabric

Since an abrasive cleaner can cause unsightly scratch marks on steel, a couple of fiber compacted together in the same place forms a much better cleaning cloth than the normal cloth. These microfibers are so good they can clean just by using water but you can always opt for other choices aside from commercial choices when you need something stronger.

The Grain Technique

Those tiny striations that are found on the surface of stainless steel that are either running horizontally or vertically are the grains. When cleaning always ensures you go in the same direction the grain is running in order to get the grime out of the grain groves. Grain groves are the tiny slots or trenches that run parallel to the grain.


In order to get that shiny and streak-free surface after cleaning with vinegar, wipe down your stainless steel surface with some oil. You can dab a clean towel into some oil and wipe the clean surface in the same direction the grain is running.