A word of advice {stainless steel appliances}

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Home Improvement Projects

I’m starting to get itchy–before now I was submerged in what I was doing, but now that I’m getting to the end of the stint I took on, projects are starting to poke into my temporary bubble of “no DIYing”. The one that is threatening to pop it is a sign for the laundry room. That one just might make it in before I’m actually done with all this, because it’s becoming pretty insistent…

Okay, here’s another post that I typed up before the craziness started:

I love the look of stainless steel and our kitchen appliances all have that shiny, industrial finish. They look so nice… for about 5 seconds after they are wiped off. They’re great appliances, and in all of the years of having them, I think I’ve only called appliance repair Innisfil once and that’s because the dishwasher was blocked. If you have a dishwasher, you’ll know that can be a pretty regular occurrence and is something that should be expected. It makes sense when you think of all the food and everything that goes in there. I guess that’s why getting a home warranty from somewhere like First American is so sensible – you never know when these things are going to go wrong!

But despite beinga pain to keep clean, overall they are fantastic. If you are looking at new stainless steel appliances, I’d like to throw this out there for you to consider:

This is what you will be looking at 99.8 percent of the time. See the fingerprints at the top? Lovely drip marks everywhere else? Unless you want to spend a fair amount of time wiping down every stainless steel surface, buck the trend.

My other appliances do not look as bad because they don’t have a towel on them, inviting drips from wet hands. But they do show fingerprints and other misc. marks. If you think about it, it is a light, shiny surface so it only makes sense that anything that gets on it is going to show up for all to see.

Another word of warning that I wish I had known (and have heard from others who discovered this a little too late as well)–stainless steel does not hold a magnet. Maybe this is common knowledge, but I didn’t realize it. Now we have had to replace our frig since we built (lasted only 6 years–run from Frigidaire brand) so I was able to get a stainless steel look that does hold a magnet in the replacement frig. But be aware of this and ask about it if you like to use magnets! Also, if you use a magnet so that you know if the dishwasher is clean or dirty–won’t work. I made one of these to hang on the handle:

We did buy a second, replacement frig with the stainless steel look because we wanted all the appliances to match. If you end up not liking the stainless steel, it is a vicious circle unless you change out all your appliances at once, because when one goes you have to get the replacement to match.

Just thought I’d give you a heads up! My daughter asked why I was taking a picture of the dishwasher. When I told her, she said “You’re going to show that on the computer?!”. Even she knows this isn’t something you want other people seeing in your home!