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stainless appliances that don't show fingerprints

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. 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. 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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      1. re: zeldaz51

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

        1. re: c oliver

          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.

          1. re: DuffyH

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

        2. re: zeldaz51

          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.

        3. 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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          1. re: ferret

            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.

            1. re: ferret

              +! 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.

            2. 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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              1. re: texanfrench

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

                1. re: texanfrench

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

                2. 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. 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. 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:
                      http://www.ehow.com/about_5348237_sta...

                      GE appliances using clean steel:
                      http://www.geappliances.com/products/...

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

                        1. Wear gloves inside, or go for brushed stainless steel.

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

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                            1. re: eLizard

                              No kids in the house, I take it?

                              1. re: ferret

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

                                1. re: eLizard

                                  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.

                                2. re: ferret

                                  <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. ;-)

                                  1. re: DuffyH

                                    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!

                                3. re: eLizard

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

                                  1. re: c oliver

                                    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

                                    1. re: DuffyH

                                      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.

                                      1. re: c oliver

                                        my fridge isn't magnetic. is yours?

                                        1. re: eLizard

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

                                            1. re: eLizard

                                              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."

                                              1. re: eLizard

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

                                                1. re: CindyJ

                                                  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..."

                                        2. re: eLizard

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

                                          1. re: taos

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

                                        3. 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.