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How Do I Clean My Stainless Steel KitchenAid Refrigerator?

The best way to clean your stainless steel KitchenAid refrigerator will depend on the specific model you have. Keep reading to get details on how to clean each of the most common stainless steel finishes made by KitchenAid.

How to Clean Traditional Stainless Steel KitchenAid Refrigerators

First and foremost, make sure you are never use scouring pads, abrasive cleaners, or anything that includes chlorine. You should also not use steel-wool pads, paper towels, or gritty washcloths. Using any of these can actually damage your refrigerator.

The best way to clean the surface is to spray a stainless steel cleaner on a clean, microfiber cloth and wipe the fridge in the direction of the drain. Wipe off any excess spray and try not to get any on the plastic parts. Dry the area with another clean, dry cloth.

Note that your warranty can be voided if you improperly clean it or use the wrong products. To stay in line with your warranty you can use:

  • Soft, clean towels
  • Warm, soapy water
  • Stainless steel cleaners designed for appliances

Do not get stainless steel cleaner on any plastic parts or you could void the warranty.

You CANNOT use the following or you risk voiding your warranty:

  • Abrasive cloths
  • Oven cleaners
  • Ammonia
  • Abrasive powders
  • Abrasive liquids
  • Newspaper
  • Steel-wool
  • Citrus-based cleaners

How to Clean Black Stainless Steel and Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel

First, wash the outside surfaces and gaskets with warm water and mild soap and then wipe dry. The best options are soft cloths, preferably microfiber cloths. Make sure everything is entirely dry. As is true of traditional stainless steel, there are some dos and don’ts that can affect your warranty. Do NOT use:

  • Abrasive cloths
  • Flammable fluids
  • Paper towels
  • Oven cleaners
  • Newspaper
  • Ammonia
  • Steel wool
  • Abrasive liquids
  • Abrasive powders
  • Window cleaner
  • Acidic cleaners
  • Vinegar-based cleaners

If you are not sure if it is okay to use a particular cleaner, then we recommend not using it.