We’ve replaced all of the appliances in our kitchen with stainless steel appliances. We started with the refrigerator (Samsung) when we moved in about a year and a half ago, then the range (Electrolux) about a year ago and finally the dishwasher (Samsung) about 6 months ago. We really like the look and function of everything, but I noticed the refrigerator and dishwasher started getting “water marks”- some looked like splashes, some like water drips, some like the marks left after cleaning with a wet sponge. The water mark’s would not wash clean, even after repeatedly scrubbing- even when using special stainless steel cleaner.
We had the same sort of marks on the dishwasher (more like long drips though). The range top was fine, but the front stainless steel on the range door had similar marks. After trying to live with these for over a year, I finally did something about them. After a little googling for ideas, it turns out to have been tarnish. Though stainless steel won’t “stain” (rust) it WILL tarnish- and I think this depends on the specific type of stainless steel that is used (for instance the range top was fine and I know some appliances have a special finish where you don’t even see finger prints).
The solution? Silver polish!
I used the Wright’s Silver Cream that I have for my silver candle sticks- it actually says on the jar that it can be used on stainless steel too. You apply it with the hexagonal sponge included in the jar, then buff it off with a paper towel and THEN use the stainless steel cleaner to remove all traces of the silver cream. As you can see by the black paper towels, there was quite a bit of tarnish on our appliances. After an hour or so of cleaning all of our kitchen appliances, they looked BETTER than new!