One of the most important things to remember when cleaning stainless steel is to not scrub in the opposite direction of the stainless steel grains. Next, you will need a delicate cloth material to use to gently clean the stainless steel appliance. You can use materials such as linen free cloths, paper towels, or surprisingly, even cut up T-shirts. Choose a material that is high in cotton as these will leave little residue. Avoid using abrasive materials that could harm the finish of the stainless steel such as scrubbing pads, and rough dish sponges. You can then use several techniques and cleaning supplies to remove fingerprints and water spots. A small amount of dish soap on one of your cleaning cloths will go a long way to remove dirt, oils and grease from the appliances. Remember to wipe in the same direction as the grain and then wipe off any excess dish soap from the stainless steel with a separate lightly damp cloth. The stainless steel should dry to a brand new shine. Another favorite cleaning material is regular white vinegar. The white vinegar can either be poured directly on your cleaning cloth, or you may pour the white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it directly on your appliance in small areas wiping along the grain as you go. Once again, the finish should dry to a sparkle, but you may need to give some of the tougher areas a second cleaning.
There are a few popular brands of cleaning supplies that can also be used, but remember to check the product for materials it can be used on. Some popular window cleaning products can be used effectively to remove fingerprints and water spots from stainless steel appliances. In addition there are several products marketed as specifically for the cleaning of stainless steel appliances. It is up to you to decide your preferred method of cleaning. Oftentimes, the simplest of methods and a little bit of elbow grease can go a long way and keep your stainless steel appliances looking new.