The Big Man and I recently remodeled our kitchen. And by “we” I mean that I visited kitchen showrooms; I met with kitchen designers; I spent months pouring over options in kitchen designs; I figured out what cabinets should go where and how to organize the contents of the kitchen; I met with potential contractors and got estimates; I packed up everything in the cabinets; I shopped for new appliances; I reloaded everything into the new cabinets; I purchased and installed new window/door coverings; and I added various accessories to the new kitchen.
The Big Man grunted.
The new kitchen is a dream-come-true. Although we did not add any square footage to the area, the redesigned floor plan makes the room seem so much larger, and the functionality is a zillion times better.
I even set it up in such a way that the Big Man can get most of what he needs without entering the central work area. He’s big. He gets in my way when I’m trying to create culinary masterpieces like tacos and Campbell’s soup. Keeping him to the perimeter preserves the peace.
That’s a little free marriage advice. Go ahead and see if it doesn’t work for you.
When it came time to choose new appliances, I decided to go with stainless steel, knowing full well that keeping it shiny might become the bane of my existence.
At first it was.
I purchased a can of Stainless Steel Magic that was supposed to be a “wipe and go” formula. For me, it was a wipe and wipe and wipe and wipe kind of product and I still had visible streaks.
I asked a refrigerator repair man for advice on how to best clean stainless steel. He told me to always wipe in the direction of the grain.
I tried that, but the streaks were still there.
Since I’m still in the honeymoon phase of my new kitchen, I’ve been a little obsessed about keeping it in tip-top shape. This won’t last, I know, but I’m trying to teach an old dog (me) a new trick (keeping my kitchen clean).
After many failed attempts to achieve steak-free perfection, I finally decided to try something new and purchased Formula 409 Stone & Steel Cleaner. I also purchased a microfiber mitt that’s more commonly used for washing cars. I thought it might possibly be the secret weapon in my shine arsenal.
Formula 409 is an excellent stainless steel cleaner. I can wipe with the grain, against it, or in a circular motion and it does not leave streaks. With the other cleaner, I had to clean the entire appliance or the newly cleaned area would stand out a bit from the rest. With 409, I can spot clean a small area and you can’t tell that the whole appliance wasn’t wiped down.
The mitt works well but isn’t necessary. Paper towel works just as well.
In comparing the two cleaners, I think that the Stainless Steel Magic may leave my appliances somewhat shinier than the 409 product does. However, since I have to work harder at achieving this shininess, I’ll probably save the Magic for occasional use and keep the 409 handy for everyday clean-ups.
I’m still looking for a good cleaner for the black enamel top of my gas range. Any suggestions?
Chickaliciousness: 5 for easy cleaning and streak-free shine