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Apartment Kitchen Maintenance Tips

How to care for stainless steel appliances & granite countertops

Two amenities of upscale apartments today are stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. These finishes are in demand because of their sleek, modern appearance and functionality. They work well in contemporary open floor plans where entertaining in the kitchen is becoming increasingly popular. With their cool tones and distinctive patterns, stainless steel and granite also lend themselves to an industrial aesthetic when it comes to selecting furnishings and accent pieces. Stainless steel and granite are easy to maintain, and the good news is that you can take care of your appliances and countertops with everyday products you already have on hand.

How to care for stainless steel

One drawback of stainless steel is that it shows smudges and fingerprints easily. Dampen a microfiber cloth with white vinegar or club soda and wipe down the appliances to remove dirt, dust, and smudges. Baking soda and cream of tartar make good “abrasive cleansers” as well and you can use olive oil or baby oil to restore shine. Commercial spray products formulated specifically for granite are available at most hardware or home improvement stores. Wipe the surface carefully, moving in one direction to prevent streaks.

What not to use on stainless steel appliances includes oven cleaner, steel wool, alcohol, or window cleaners, as they can discolor the stainless steel. Also, avoid any cleaning products with a chloride base.

How to care for granite

Although they are sealed, your granite countertops are porous and need to be treated carefully to not cause damage. Use trivets under hot dishes or pans and coasters or other protection beneath cups or glasses containing water and other liquids, as they can leave stains. The best product to clean granite countertops is mild dishwashing soap mixed with warm water, followed by a rinse of warm water. Stubborn stains can be removed by applying a paste of baking soda and water and leaving it for 15-20 minutes before wiping and rinsing. For disinfecting, mix one part of water with one part of 70% isopropyl alcohol and spray the countertops. Rinse with warm water and dry completely.

Do not use acidic products such as vinegar or lemon juice on granite countertops as they can etch and damage the surface. There are also commercial products specifically for granite countertops. 

With a little TLC, you can keep your stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in pristine condition. Showcase them with complementary copper cookware, natural crockery, and pops of black. Your appliances and countertops will continue to shine as the focal points of your kitchen, making cooking fun and extending the entertainment space in your apartment.

VC Kitchens Offer Space and Function

Your kitchen is the life of the party, so be sure to organize it to its fullest potential. If you are looking for a new apartment with top-end appliances, counter space and storage options, tour a Vision Community today. We have floor plans for you to view virtually or in person. Our spacious, studio, 1 bedroom2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartment layouts provide cozy space. Check out our luxurious apartment floorplans in one of our communities and enjoy life at the VC. 

Schedule a tour today and see why Vision Communities is a great place to live.