A big con of black ovens, dishwashers or other household surfaces is them displaying stains and spills as bright as possible. If such issues frustrate you, here are some tips for you to clean up black appliances and leave no stain, let alone a fingerprint.
Black appliances are considered a chic and impressive finishing touch, but spots (from fingerprints and dust to water or grease stains) will be very visible on them. Here’s a tutorial to make cleaning solution from natural household components you most likely already have at home. Read through the article and find out how to clean hardy stains and annoying spots to let the appliance shine brightly again.
How to Clean Black Appliances
Cleaning black appliance is much alike cleaning stainless steel. This tutorial below will show you how to clean your black microwave, oven, dishwasher, or small appliance.
You Will Need:
- Microfiber cloths
- Spray bottle
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
Microfiber wipes and clothes are best option to clean black surfaces. The fluffy fibers are extra delicate and absorbent, picking up any grease and dirt stuck on the surface. Bonus for these clothes being reusable and sold at a reasonable price! Remember to keep steel wools and scrubbing pads only to scrub grime off metal racks and grates. These harsh textures can scratch and damage black appliances.
Step 1: Wipe with Vinegar and Water
For microwaves, fridges, and other black appliances: Pour a solution consisting equal parts of water and vinegar into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray this solution on interior and exterior surfaces you wanna clean. Using a dry and clean microfiber, wipe away stains and food bits off the surface. Handles are most likely to get accumulations of bacteria, so make sure you clean them properly as well. Unlike bleach-based cleansing products, vinegar is totally safe for plastic and sensitive material so you can even clean your microwave buttons with the homemade spray.
For the oven: Ovens are generally trickier to clean since there are usually grease and food stains all over. This means you’ve got to do a bit more scrubbing and better save the oven for last. After your black appliances are all cleaned and shiny, mix half cup of baking soda into your spray bottle of vinegar and water and shake well. Remove the racks and grates and submerge them in warm, soapy water to soak while you’re cleaning the oven. Spray the solution over the stovetop and insides of oven, careful not to spray on heating elements. Let the solution dry, preferably sit overnight to get surfaces cleaned thoroughly.
Step 2: Wash with Soapy Water
Dip another clean microfiber cloth in soapy water (preferably liquid dish soap dissolved in water) and wipe away the solution off stove and oven surfaces. Using distilled water will have best impact on cleaning, since it prevents additional chemical-buildup on the stove and will not leave white streak marks like hard tap water does. However, if you can’t afford distilled water and streaks are left after using regular tap water, don’t panic. There’s one more step to kill the stains off black appliances!
Step 3: Dry and Buff
After you’ve wiped away the solution off surfaces with a soapy cloth, grab a dry wipe and clean the surfaces in circular motions to avoid leaving possible tracks. If current wipe gets damp, just get another dry cloth and finish the job.
Black appliances are better cleaned regularly to retain the shiny appearance; this will also prolong their lives. For best preservation, clean them at least once every few weeks to keep them free from stains and in good working order.