When choosing major kitchen appliances, such as refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and microwaves, from places like Ray's Appliances, it's important to pick out ones constructed of the same material to create a cohesive look. Picking which appliances you need is the easy part; deciding on the material may be a bit trickier.

If you went with black stainless steel, which is regular stainless steel coated with a dark, protective finish, for its bold, modern style, there are some things to keep in mind when caring for it. Cleaning your black stainless steel appliances on a regular basis will keep the pieces looking and performing their best.

Tips for Cleaning Black Stainless Steel

Daily Cleaning

Although black stainless steel is designed to repel fingerprints unlike its regular stainless steel counterpart, you should still wipe your dark appliances down daily. Even if you don't use the appliances everyday, a regular light cleaning will remove any dust build-up and keep the items looking sleek and smooth. 

The cleaner should be gentle enough to use everyday, but strong enough to remove any stuck-on food or debris. To save money and exposure to harsh chemicals, create an everyday cleanser by mixing 50-percent water with 50-percent distilled white vinegar in a plastic spray bottle. You can also add about 12 drops of an essential oil, such as orange or peppermint, to make the vinegar smell a little sweeter.

Spray a bit of the vinegar mixture on a soft, lint-free cloth and wipe it over the appliances, paying special attention to dirtier areas, such as cook tops. 

Deep Cleaning

The number one thing to keep in mind when deep-cleaning black stainless steel is to avoid using harsh materials, such as steel wool, wire brushes or abrasive cleansers, which could damage the appliances' protective coatings. 

Instead, use either commercial products that are designed specifically for stainless steel products, such as chloride-free sprays. Simply apply a small amount of cleanser to a clean microfiber cloth and rub it over the soiled areas, working in the direction of the steel's grain.

To get rid of hard-to-remove grime, such as dried food or coffee deposits, sprinkle the area with a little baking soda. Add enough warm water to create a thick paste and rub it into the stain with a soft cloth. Use another water-dampened cloth to remove the baking soda and leave behind a smooth, clean finish. You may have to repeat this process a few times.

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