409 is the formula for cleaning stainless steel

January 9, 2012

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.

Unfortunately, this is not my kitchen. It's just a picture I found online of a kitchen that I think is beautiful.

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 Stone & Steel Cleaner is a great, everyday cleaner for stainless steel appliances.

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.

That fridge is so shiny, I can almost see myself in it!

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

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Joyce January 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I saw the first picture and hadn’t yet read the caption – I was mesmerized (and extremely jealous) of your new kithcen! lol! I can’t wait to see pictures of the real deal – I am sure I will be just as mesmerized (and probably just as jealous!). Enjoy the new kitchen! And thanks for the advice for if I ever get stainless appliances. 🙂


Unhip Chick January 11, 2012 at 3:53 am

I wish that was my new kitchen, Joyce! While mine is lovely and infinitely better than it was, the one in the picture above is spectacular. I want to be invited over for tea and scones in that kitchen!
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Cris January 13, 2012 at 5:18 am

I use Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes and they are WONDERFUL.


Unhip Chick January 23, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Thanks for the tip, Cris! I will look for the Weiman Wipes at the store. They can be part of my shine arsenal.
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LindaJo May 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Thanks for the review of cleaning the stainless steel. I also found that the 409 works well on my glass stovetop! I spray it and wipe it with a paper towel. I then polish it up with a cotton hand towel that I have draped on my oven handle. Works like a charm!


Barbara Karski February 18, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Would like to know if I can use Formula 409 Stone & Steel cleaner on my tablecloth with mold on it that we have in the indoor pool area.

Thank you.


Unhip Chick February 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm

That’s a good question, Barbara, and one that I can’t really answer. However, perhaps you could try it on a small section at the edge of the cloth to see if it leaves any damage. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!
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MG September 2, 2014 at 12:17 am

A great product for granite but not good at all for any of our stainless appliances.


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