How to use WD40 to clean your stainless steel appliances

Fred's Appliance Academy
April 6, 2022

Wondering if you can use WD-40 to clean stainless steel? Well, you absolutely can.

A quick history lesson on our beloved WD-40, invented in 1953 by a company called the Rocket Chemical Company. WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, Formula 40. And on their 40th try, they struck gold. And if you are wondering, yeah, it took them 17 less tries than Heinz.

WD-40 has become such a household staple that its uses almost seem to be endless and cleaning and polishing stainless steel are no exception to this rule. Spraying a little bit of WD-40 and this microfiber towel, you can see in just no time at all, I basically have this control panel on the range looking brand new. Now, minus the scratch on the left-hand side. It's not going to take that out, but it is what it is. You can see that there is a bit of smearing on the glass touchpad, and I'm going to go ahead and say that WD-40 was not recommended to give you a streak-free shine on glass surfaces. A product like Windex will clear that right up and maybe we'll touch upon Windex another day.

All in all, WD-40 does an amazing job at cleaning and polishing stainless steel. The only downfall it has is that it has a very unique smell. If you're a guy like me, you've been in the service industry for any period of time, you love that smell. However, your customers may not. It's my personal recommendation, before using WD-40 to clean your greasy fingerprints off of your customer's stainless steel appliances, you ask permission to do so first. And yes, if you're wondering, the smell will go away.


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