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Top 10 Best Stainless Steel Cleaners

Updated on October 23, 2017
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Stainless steel house appliances look terrific on display, but once they are installed and subjected to daily use, they promptly lose their shine and require consistent buffing and cleaning maintain their beauty. Fortunately, maintenance doesn’t necessarily mean constant polishing and scrubbing, a good stainless steel cleaner will help you keep your appliances clean and shiny with little effort. Here is a list of some of the best cleaners currently available

1. Bar keeper’s friend soft cleanser

Arguably the best stainless steel cleanser available on the market today, bar keepers friend soft cleanser is just as effective as the manufacturer's iconic polish and cleanser but instead comes as a premixed formula that is best for a clean and consistent finish. The thick, easy to use formula adheres well to smooth vertical surfaces, a property which makes it perfect for cleaning glass furnishings such as windows and shower doors. It is also effective against mineral deposits, tarnish, soap scum and rust stains

Though this product is highly effective against small stains, it may not perform as well in scenarios where the deposits have built up over time. Customers recommend the powdered version because it contains more grit and is more suitable for intense cleaning operations

2. Therapy Stainless Steel Cleaner

Therapy Stainless Steel Cleaner is made from a special combination of plant-based components that clean and protect surfaces from corrosion. The cleaner removes fingerprints, smudges, streaks from all surfaces made out of stainless steel, it comes with a 14x14 inch microfiber material for application of the solvent. It is also ideal for outdoor stainless steel appliances such as grills because it protects against corrosion

This product is was developed purposely for stainless steel surfaces and may not provide the same results when used on ceramics and glass surfaces.

3. Weiman stainless steel cleanser & polish

Weiman stainless steel cleanser & polish is suitable for the removal of water spots, residue and dirt stains on stainless steel appliances and gives these surfaces an even streak free shine. The product can be used with multiple stainless steel surfaces such as dishwashers, stoves, fledges and sinks. The cleaner also leaves a protective coating that repels dirt dust and staining from finger prints. The formula comes packed in a spray bottle that ensures even application and maximum adherence to vertical surfaces. The package also includes a microfiber cloth that traps oil and dirt.

The contents of the spray bottle may cause non-metallic surfaces such as floor tiles to become slippery. This may increase the likelihood of an accident.

4. The bar keeper’s friend soft cleanser combo pack

The bar keeper’s friend soft cleanser combo pack offers a highly effective cleaning agent that comes with two non-scratch scouring cloths, the cleaning agent is no different from the single pack products. what makes this particular combo pack so desirable is the fact that it comes with high quality scouring cloths that are very durable, non-abrasive and don’t accumulate odors.

The only downside with this product, as mentioned earlier, is the fact that it is not as strong as the powdered alternative offered by the same company. Though it has received positive reviews, most users purchase it with the non-liquid cleanser for added effectiveness.

5. The Weiman stainless steel cleanser & polish aerosol

The Weiman stainless steel cleanser & polish aerosol is a very popular cleaning agent that is ideal for cleaning stainless steel household appliances. The cleanser comes with an aerosol dispensing system which, according to the manufacturer, sprays a very fine mist onto the surface to be cleaned. The result is an even finish that does not require a lot of buffing or wiping. Though this product is highly effective, few customers have voiced complaints that the residual layer left after it has been applied is highly uncomfortable and that the product leaves streaks that are very hard to remove

6. TriNova Stainless Steel Cleanser & Polish

TriNova Stainless Steel Cleanser & Polish is a cleansing agent that is strong, convenient and safe to use on any surface. This cleanser is suitable for both professional and commercial applications. It will effectively remove any stains on sinks, range hoods and rid dishwashers of any built up food deposits quickly. The product has been designed in such a way as to ensure that it is easy to use and won’t make any scratches or streaks on the surfaces where it is applied. This cleanser comes in a spray bottle for easy application to vertical surfaces and the manufacturer also includes a microfiber towel for best results during cleaning. There are no down sides to using this product, except, perhaps for the fact that it is relatively more expensive than other cleaning solvents.

7. EliminateRust

EliminateRust's stainless steel cleansing solution is the innoshine kit, which comes in a package that contains innoshine B570, B580, and EliminateRust. The products are entirely organic and are safe for use on surfaces that are used for food preparation. Customer ratings suggest that this kit is a highly effective stain removal tool that produces the desired results even in situations where the other cleaning agents have failed. The manufacturer also offers a money back guarantee for all clients that are unsatisfied with its product. The innoshine kit doesn’t come with a spray bottle, so an even application to large vertical surfaces may prove difficult in some cases. The product is also highly priced.

8. Magic stainless steel cleaner spray

Magic stainless steel cleaner spray is one of the lesser known stainless steel cleaners currently available on the market, but this doesn’t mean that it’s any less efficient. The product comes in a well-designed spray bottle that is easy to handle. This cleansing agent removes streaks, fingerprints and according to the manufacturer, consistent use will keep your stainless steel appliances looking new and shiny year after year. The cleaning formula is also combined with a protective agent that will guard your stainless steel surfaces from dust and rust and any other stains. This product is relatively cheaper than the other alternatives currently available as it provides greater quantity at nearly the same cost. A drawback to using this cleaning agent is that it may not be so effective at removing stubborn stains.

9. Weiman Magic Stainless Steel Cleaner Aerosol

Weiman Magic Stainless Steel Cleaner Aerosol, as the name suggests, is an aerosol stainless steel cleaning agent manufactured by one of the most popular brands in the industry. The formula for this particular Weiman product comes with “stay clean technology which”, according to the manufacturer, will create a stronger, more transparent protective layer to limit staining. The cleanser has been well received by most clients, but the biggest disadvantage to using it (as some reviews suggest) arises from the fact that it uses aerosol technology. Aerosol cans usually contain propellant gases that are harmful to humans once inhaled.

10. Method 00084 stainless steel cleanser & polisher

Last, but not least on this list is method 00084 stainless steel cleanser & polisher. This cleaning agent comes in a plastic spray bottle and the manufacturer also provides refills. It is effective against most of the stains to be found on a stainless steel surface and also comes loaded with perfume so it will leave a delightful fragrance if used indoors. Customer opinion regarding this product is varied, but most agree that it is an effective cleaning and polishing agent for stainless steel appliances.


Though cleaners are a convenient way to keep your stainless steel appliances safe and clean, it is important to remember that their efficiency is largely dependent on how the surfaces are handled. Stainless steel must be cleaned with clean water and care must be taken to remove all traces of residue if soap is used. Residue, (from a cleaning agent) will eventually damage the finish if it isn’t removed.


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