This is a new Kitchenaid 'built-in' look stainless steel surfaced fridge.
The mfgr recommended some brand of SS Cleaner carried at Walmart, but
Walmart doesn't carry it, nor any of the stores nearby.
I use distilled water on all the GE appliances and they come out spotless
for months. I don't use DI on this fridge, because this @#$#@ fridge keeps
developing a sheen of brown rust! Some stainless steel, eh?
I recently have been using Wynne(sp?) treated towellettes that seem to
work a bit, for about 5 days.
Anybody recommend something that actually makes the SS look good AND
prevents this rusting? ...and easy to use.
PS: in Arizona with 5-10% humidity, and it's winter with heating so more
like ZERO, rusting is not likely to be caused by a 'damp' environment.
If it had less than 12% chromium I suppose it could rust but I believe
it would be illegal to market it as stainless steel.
It could be a defective batch.
I have a rather inexpensive stainless steel sink and I am quite
negligent when it comes to cleaning it... in the 25 years I've had it
there has never been one iota of rust on it.
On Monday, January 6, 2014 3:34:24 PM UTC-5, philo wrote:
I agree. There are fridges being sold today that have a stainless steel
"look" via some coating process, but are not really stainless steel.
They do actually describe it in the product specs, but you have to read
And if it's rusting, I don't think it's a "cleaning" issue. I guess
you could coat it with some wax type of product, which might help.
But if you have a surface that can rust, I don't see how what you clean
it with is going to make a difference, unless it leaves some kind of
protective coating behind.
I'd suggest first checking the product specs and finding out what it
actually says it's made of. Then if he can't find the product the
manufacturer recommends, take a look at what other manufacturers of
similar fridges recommend.
On 01/07/2014 08:52 AM, email@example.com wrote:
"A.T." noticed that it was apparently a SS "look". Hope others here take
that as a warning.
My wife did not like the refrigerator I had purchased prior to her
moving in here, so I told her to "buy one yourself then"
As she did with the oven and microwave, she bought all new appliances!
She wisely opted for a black, wrinkle finish that does not show
fingerprints. I think that in the last three years I dusted off the top
once and that was it as far as cleaning.
The one time I worked on a cooler with stainless
sides, I disfigured the finish with refrigeration
coil cleaner. I called the company, and they suggested
mineral "baby" oil and a soft cloth. It didn't satisfy
the customer, who was playing a stiff game of NIGYSOB.
But, it sure did look a lot better than before.
Stop. The original poster said, in a sort of convoluted way, stainless
'look'. I have a Whirlpool stainless look fridge (same company now) and
it is basically painted to look like SS. I doubt that it is rust. It's
probably cooking or tobacco deposits.
On Monday, January 6, 2014 8:20:56 AM UTC-8, Robert Macy wrote:
If it hasn't been mentioned before:
The best way to clean a stainless steel is not to buy one in the first place. It is hardly news to anyone that Stainless steel appliances are a _very_ high maintenance item compared to enamel finish.
Hear, hear!! Actually, I fear, high maintenance compared to ANYTHING!
I second second and third your comment, but alas, have to match all the
other @#$#$@!@#^!!! appliances.
Don't even get me started on SS sinks!
All this stuff comes under the heading, "What were they thinking?!"
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