Top Stainless-Steel Cleaner

By: Rachel Pierce Email
By: Rachel Pierce Email

Consumer Reports tested six stainless-steel cleaners that promise to clean, shine , and protect. Testers looked at a variety of cleaners, including wipes and some that spray.

When it comes to smudgy fingerprints, the tests showed all the cleaners do a good job removing them. But beware of claims to prevent fingerprints. None of the cleaners could do that.

Testers also put dollops of foods like peanut butter and raspberry jelly on stainless-steel samples. They also used condiments like ketchup and mustard.

The stains sat for a least 24 hours. Then testers rinsed them following the manufacturers' instructions, and sized up how well the cleaners removed stains.

Consumer Reports Mark Connelly says "Overall, all six cleaners were very effective, except when it came to mustard. They all seemed to leave some mustard stain behind on the surface.

So be sure to wipe up any mustard spills quickly. And when testers assessed which cleaner delivered a streak-free, film-free shine, Consumer Reports found the Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish stood out, making good on its promise that it "will not streak."

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