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Help! How Do You Remove Stains from Stainless Steel?

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You love your toaster/food processor/KitchenAid mixer. But those pesky fingerprint marks and ugly brown spots? Not so much. Here, three easy ways to get rid of stains from your stainless-steel appliances. (Psst…these tricks also work to keep your cutlery in top-notch shape.)


One of the easiest and most effective ways to polish stainless steel is to gently apply white vinegar or apple-cider vinegar onto the stain and gently rub with a soft cloth. Just make sure to clean in the direction of the steel’s “grain” (similar to a wood grain). Rinse thoroughly and dry off with a towel to reveal a sparkling surface. (Seriously, is there anything that vinegar can’t do?) 

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Marble: <p><strong>Material 101:</strong> The oh-so-pretty but softer stone is an easy stain target. So it’s important to seal your countertops to make them more stain resistant.</p><p><strong>How to clean it: “</strong>Sealing won’t make your marble 100 percent stain-proof, but it will definitely help,” says April Graves, VP of <a href="">Aria Stone Gallery</a>. If a spill occurs, immediately blot to sop up the liquid (don’t wipe, which spreads it). Then flush the area with water and mild soap, followed by a gentle, dry wipe. If the stain persists, Graves advises to call in stone care professional to assess the problem.</p> How to Remove Stains from Every Single Type of Countertop

Baking soda and dish soap

Mix equal parts baking soda and dish soap into a paste, and gently rub on stains with a microfiber or soft cloth (again, in the same direction as the grain). Rinse, dry and voilà.  

A non-abrasive stainless-steel cleaner or polisher

Of course, you can also use specific products to gently buff away the stain. We like Sprayway Stainless Steel Cleaner to nix stubborn fingerprints, grease and grime while Caldrea Stainless Steel Spray will both clean and add shine.

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