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stainless appliances that don't show fingerprints

bestrep Jun 12, 2014 04:04 PM

We are remodeling the kitchen and I want stainless appliances - stove, dishwasher, fridge and microwave - but I don't want to constantly clean fingerprints. Any suggestions for product? Specific models, finishes and/ or tips for keeping them clean?

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  1. c oliver RE: bestrep Jun 12, 2014 04:11 PM

    I have various brands of stainless appliances in two homes and they all show fingerprints. If I were a fussier person I'd probably regret getting them. But I'm not so I don't.

    1. zeldaz51 RE: bestrep Jun 12, 2014 05:05 PM

      Oiling or waxing the surface will help.
      "Clean the stainless steel with a cloth dipped in soap and water. Alternatively, spray window cleaner on the surface and wipe it off with a cloth.
      Apply distilled white vinegar, lemon juice or soda water to a clean cloth. Rub the stainless steel with it to increase shine and remove any stubborn prints that survived the previous cleaning.
      Drip a little olive oil or scent-free baby oil onto a clean cloth, or scoop some furniture polish or car wax onto a cloth. Buff the stainless with the oil, polish or wax until you have applied a thin, even layer of it to the steel.
      Continue buffing the stainless steel until it has a uniform shine. The oil, polish or wax makes the surface more resistant to grease and fingerprints.
      Repeat this cleaning and buffing process as part of your normal weekly or biweekly housekeeping routine. This keeps the buffer layer intact and prevents fresh fingerprints from accumulating on the surfaces of your appliances."

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        c oliver RE: zeldaz51 Jun 12, 2014 05:13 PM

        I used that on my range hood and, yeah, it didn't show fingerprints but it caught every speck of dust in the air :(

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          DuffyH RE: c oliver Jun 14, 2014 10:34 PM

          I use mineral oil on my range hood, too. It makes it easy to clean every week, with any dry towel. I just wipe the dust right off. I mean, its going to get dusty anyway, yeah?

          I normally just tear off a half sheet of paper towel to clean the whole thing. Mine's a chimney style, so there's a bit of metal to wipe. It takes maybe 2 minutes, including time spent retrieving the stepstool from the pantry.

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            c oliver RE: DuffyH Jun 15, 2014 08:29 AM

            Mine's like yours but I'm lazy :)

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          divadmas RE: zeldaz51 Jun 12, 2014 05:16 PM

          I don't absolutely know this was the cause but my microwave went out. It worked for a while depending on how the door was shut. I think it was the door sensor that went out. I had been cleaning around the door open button with disinfectant wipes that cleaned fngerprints off the stainless steel. I suspect the chemicals corroded the electronics.

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          ferret RE: bestrep Jun 12, 2014 05:07 PM

          You can only buy them at a special appliance store run by unicorns.

          Seriously, stainless=fingerprints. There were some non-fingerprinty models that popped up a few years ago that were stainless colored plastic.

          Get Weiman's stainless cleaner and don't stress over it. (Although spendy, we get the Weiman wipes. 1 will do the fridge, 3 ovens, the dishwasher and the trash compactor.)

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            coll RE: ferret Jun 13, 2014 03:05 AM

            After cleaning, I apply restaurant grade stainless cleaner, BUT make sure it's oil based not water. They sell both kinds but water is useless.

            The oil based is specially designed for delis etc where there are tons of stainless counters and cases, once applied you just have to swipe it to make it smooth and perfect looking again. Lasts quite awhile.

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              sunshine842 RE: ferret Jun 13, 2014 03:47 AM

              +! on the Weiman's. Wipe it on, wipe off with a paper towel.

              My Frigidaire gallery appliances are pretty good -- the fridge shows *nothing*, the stove and micro show minimally.

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              texanfrench RE: bestrep Jun 12, 2014 08:32 PM

              Barkeeper's Friend. I use it on my cookware (some copper, some stainless), my stainless sink, my stainless appliances as needed. It gradually builds up a fine "patina" that makes fingerprints less obvious. Be sure to follow the instructions--it works best in a wet paste. And only use it on real stainless, not "stainless look" things.

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                taos RE: texanfrench Jun 14, 2014 11:07 AM

                I cannot imagine why you would want a built-up "patina" on stainless steel appliances.

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                  josephnl RE: texanfrench Jun 14, 2014 11:36 AM

                  I wouldn't dream of using Barkeeper's Friend or any abrasive on a stainless steel appliance. It will destroy the beautiful polished surface.

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                  JavaBean RE: bestrep Jun 12, 2014 08:48 PM

                  Brushed or satin finish will hide fingerprints and scratches better than polished finish. I use Bar Keeper Friend on our stainless steel sinks and appliances.

                  1. SWISSAIRE RE: bestrep Jun 13, 2014 02:25 AM

                    Hi Bestrep -

                    3M has a product that works well on Stainless Steel.

                    It is both a foam cleaner and polish that lubricates the surface. I use it on my BBQ outdoors sraying it on a clean surface, polishing it out with a paper towel. When finished it looks like new.

                    I found it watching a salesman clean and polish a display refrigerator and an oven, and bought a few cans.

                    1. Foody4life RE: bestrep Jun 13, 2014 06:08 AM

                      Consider going with "clean steel" appliances. Looks like stainless steel but doesn't show the fingerprints, etc. Also not quite as shiny as stainless steel - more of a satin or matte finish. Material has been around for a few years. GE and others use.

                      Info on clean steel:

                      GE appliances using clean steel:

                      1. c oliver RE: bestrep Jun 13, 2014 07:59 AM

                        Cover your fridge with pix of the kids and grandkids and even YOU won't be able to see the prints :)

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                          Cynic2701 RE: bestrep Jun 13, 2014 09:38 AM

                          Wear gloves inside, or go for brushed stainless steel.

                          1. eLizard RE: bestrep Jun 13, 2014 09:47 AM

                            this is weird, but i don't have fingerprints on mine. i just use the handles.....

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                              ferret RE: eLizard Jun 13, 2014 09:57 AM

                              No kids in the house, I take it?

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                                eLizard RE: ferret Jun 13, 2014 10:02 AM

                                a boy turning 5 in july. and his friends come over frequently. i just now struck me that we don't have prnts.

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                                  ferret RE: eLizard Jun 13, 2014 10:07 AM

                                  Our kids are older and out of the house but we still have lots of neighbor kids and nieces/nephews and visitors. Fingerprints do pop up.

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                                  DuffyH RE: ferret Jun 14, 2014 10:38 PM

                                  <No kids in the house, I take it?>

                                  That's not it. She's just trying to make the rest of us look bad. ;-D

                                  Plus, her appliances are new, so she's in that "keep 'em pretty" stage.

                                  I'm pretty sure I hate her. ;-)

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                                    eLizard RE: DuffyH Jun 16, 2014 06:42 AM

                                    i swear i'm not in that stage with the appliances! i've not wiped them down once (I do have a cleaning lady that cleans once every two weeks). my absolute black counters, OTOH.....that's a different story. so i guess i just really don't touch anything other than the handles!

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                                  c oliver RE: eLizard Jun 13, 2014 01:26 PM

                                  I find it more an issue on the DW and the range hood.

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                                    DuffyH RE: c oliver Jun 14, 2014 11:01 PM

                                    DW and fridge for me.

                                    Although I suspect the crap on the fridge isn't so much fingerprints, as greasy/floury/tomato-y/whatever glop that gets flung from my fingers as I reach to open the door when I forget a chilled ingredient. Which feels like every damn day. :-D

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                                      c oliver RE: DuffyH Jun 15, 2014 08:30 AM

                                      As I've mentioned, my fridge is covered with pix of the kids and grandkids so I can't SEE the prints. And, yeah, the handles get gross from the crap on my hands also.

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                                        eLizard RE: c oliver Jun 16, 2014 06:42 AM

                                        my fridge isn't magnetic. is yours?

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                                          coll RE: eLizard Jun 16, 2014 07:28 AM

                                          That's a downside of stainless, no magnets (except on the side which isn't stainless).

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                                            DuffyH RE: eLizard Jun 16, 2014 07:52 AM

                                            Not mine.

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                                              c oliver RE: eLizard Jun 16, 2014 09:02 AM

                                              Mine is. Here's an explanation from ebay of all places:

                                              "1. Different Fridge:

                                              Not all stainless steel appliances are created equal, however. Okay, this is science stuff and makes my eyes glaze over, but it seems to have something to do with the different amounts of nickel in the metal alloy that's used to face the appliances that we call "stainless steel" appliances.

                                              The good news is, some stainless steel fridges will, in fact, work for fridge magnets — especially if the magnet is fairly strong. The most magnet-friendly appliances have a thin sheet of stainless steel as a decorative face over a metal core that's more ferromagnetic — meaning a metal that magnets will stick to.

                                              If you haven't bought a fridge yet, take a few magnets to the store and test the attraction before you make a final buy."

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                                                CindyJ RE: eLizard Jun 16, 2014 01:07 PM

                                                I was surprised when I found out that my new SS fridge is, indeed, magnetic.

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                                                  coll RE: CindyJ Jun 16, 2014 07:39 PM

                                                  Must be a new thing, maybe a thinner veneer:

                                                  "AISI Types

                                                  Stainless steel that falls into the American Iron and Steel Institute's Type 300 series is not magnetic. The 400 series is. Within each series there are different grades that are used for different types of needs.

                                                  Different Quality

                                                  The 300 series of stainless steel is less prone to rusting. The 400 series is cheaper to manufacture and is used for inexpensive appliances or places where the highest quality is not needed.

                                                  Read more : http://www.ehow.com/facts_7894884_sta..."

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                                          taos RE: eLizard Jun 14, 2014 11:08 AM

                                          Do the handles get fingerprints on them or are they made of plastic?

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                                            CindyJ RE: taos Jun 14, 2014 12:08 PM

                                            The handles on mine are stainless and really don't seem to show fingerprints.

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                                          josephnl RE: bestrep Jun 13, 2014 04:08 PM

                                          Unless you have children around a lot, it's just not a big deal. We use an oil based stainless cleaner with a soft rag and fingerprints disappear instantly...but we are 2 adults, and don't have children visiting that often.

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