Today was my day to be the ABW client from start to finish. Our home is filled with appliances from ABW. The laundry room has a Whirlpool Duet Washer and Dryer, I start my day in the morning room with coffee from a Miele Built-in Coffee System, the cream can be found in the Viking under counter refrigerator drawers,  coffee mugs and clean up from smaller meals are cleaned with Fisher Paykel dishwasher drawer, two Miele dishwashers flank the kitchen sink, a 48″ Viking Range Top centers the kitchen island, a 48″ Sub-Zero Pro refrigerator with a glass door makes it handy for me to see what our family is running low on, the Viking professional wall oven has superbly cooked our holiday turkeys for over ten years, the Miele steam oven is probably missing my steamed scallop recipe but I have been busy! Good thing the Viking professional wok can cook up a stir fry quicker than it takes to order carry-out.

I have all these appliances and my cooking needs and laundry needs are all taken care of, right? Well, until I saw code F21 flashing on the Duet washing machine. I immediately contacted the ABW’s service department and within minutes, I had a reply and several options for a service call. Sure enough, Luis and Garth arrived wearing foot protectors to keep my wood floors clean, a blanket to lay their tool bag on, and the know how-how to fix this F21 code. Not only did they fix the Duet Washing Machine in just minutes they gave me some great stainless steel appliance cleaning tips. I’m glad they did because I found out I was doing several things wrong.

This is what you don’t want to do when cleaning your stainless steel appliances: no abrasive cloths, no bleach, no Windex ( glass cleaner ), no spraying your cleaner directly on the appliance, and don’t rub against the grain of your steel pattern.

This is how you clean your stainless steel appliances :

  • Use a microfiber cloth
  • Spray a cleaner that is formulated for stainless steel cleaning directly on your microfiber cloth
  • Rub the cleaner over the appliance going with the grain of the stainless steel lines of your appliance. If the lines are horizontal than drag the cloth in that direction. If the lines are vertical use an up and down motion when cleaning.
  • Run a dry microfiber cloth over the appliance when done – using the same wiping direction.
  • Tip: No need to get out the stainless steel cleaner for small jobs. Those sticky handles and drips probably just need a rub with a warm sudsy cloth.
  • Admire your handiwork until the next spill. No worries, this time, you will handle the job like the pros from ABW Appliance Builders Wholesalers.