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New black appliances, pretty but what was I thinking???

Started 1371344801.07 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1371988236.53 by YorkieonmyPillow

I saw a thread the other day on SS appliances....and how to clean them. Would the same sorts of things work on black? OMG, the streaks and spatters and fingerprints on the stove especially are really making me regret the decision. They are so pretty...but gosh, so far I have tried a number of things but nothing seems to work consistently. Any words of wisdom for me? First new appliances in 25 years....but so much work! {#emotions_dlg.sad}

Thank you.

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lovesrecess1371344982.8914673 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

are you talking about black glass fronts on your appliances? I have black also but my fridge is textured so it shows nothing, no fingerprints. I have a black glass cooktop but my ovens are wall mounted so no problems there other than the keyboard controls....I just have to wipe them whenever I remember to.

Perkup1371346428.7377194 PostsRegistered 12/24/2008

Love our black appliances. They are either textured on the front to avoid fingerprints or the fronts are glass and easily cleaned with Windex or . . . . As for Stainless, I wouldn't buy it at this point. It's been so popular for the past few years, but it's difficult to maintain and after spending half a century in real estate, I've seen trends come and go. I think that in another couple of years stainless will be about as popular as turquoise,

donor1371347343.237187 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Thanks for the replies...the refr is textured so that is fine...just a quick wipe of the handles. The stove top has coils but the black enamel top seems to be prone to really bad streaking...smearing....that sort of thing. I tried an older microfiber cloth...but perhaps I need a new one or that special fancy one I read about, I just cannot find that thread now!

They are pretty for sure. I thought the SS would be harder to maintain and black was a better color choice.

DiAnne1371347821.036451 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

Stainless steel is a pain to maintain. So happy to be rid of it.

sparklestar1371348000.6511559 PostsRegistered 1/6/2008

I have SS. The refrig has textured black sides and the upkeep is easy. SS was my big regret. I have found that furniture polish works best but it's still constant upkeep. I'll take the good old-fashioned white any day.

viwanton1371348228.38814 PostsRegistered 11/26/2011

They'll be outdated in another year or so.

Daysdee1371348361.88720310 PostsRegistered 1/23/2007

I wonder what will be the next fashion for kitchen appliances? (I'm outdated anyway.)

Perkup1371404984.0137194 PostsRegistered 12/24/2008

Well, I'm sure that the granite counter tops will be going soon, along with the SS. Both are just too difficult to maintain. Just another of those fads that are doomed to die!

circles1371405204.5119196 PostsRegistered 5/11/2005N.J.

I shudder at the thought of the upkeep....I have plain old beige stove and white fridge..came with the apartment...would never think of buying black or SS or any other fashion color other then white or beige...easy to clean..rarely show dirt....

Good luck .....

cndkrick1371405573.0132654 PostsRegistered 1/21/2009OK

OP the best thing I have ever found (I originally saw it aired on QVC) is Stoner's Invisible Glass. It works GREAT on my SS appliances as well as glass, of course. I was highly impressed when I saw it presented here then I got on line and found that it is carried in big box stores too. Of course I immediately went to my local walmart to pick up a can or two (I use the aerosol can, although they carry other types). It never streaks, its really great. You wont ever go back to using any kind of Windex or other glass cleaner ever. You can also find it in Auto stores as well.

Formerly Go Pokes!

ceekay1371405709.711528 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

I sometimes have streaks on the black inserts for my white gas stove. I use a multi-purpose cleaner and sponge and finish with a dry paper towel. Usually works. Microfiber as a final touch also works.

I have a very vintage refrigerator (circa 1989) and was just researching a replacement for it this morning. Wow - only tiny ones will fit in the space I have. I guess being energy efficient makes the shape different or something. One I have now is 28" deep but holds 19.5 cubic feet. Not anymore...

MIMA1371406202.0515277 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS
On 6/15/2013 viwanton said:

They'll be outdated in another year or so.

SS or black? I doubt either will be outdated soon. They are a neutral color that will match any decor.


Kachina6241371407069.11719327 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico
I live in a dusty place so black appliances would be a disaster, as would be black countertops. As it is, I have to dust my black glass stovetop every day. I wish they would keep making bisque as they're the most practical.

Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?

colliegirls1371407235.438866 PostsRegistered 5/13/2012
On 6/15/2013 Daysdee said:

I wonder what will be the next fashion for kitchen appliances? (I'm outdated anyway.)

I am thinking it is time for something other than SS soon to be in vogue, its been a favorite for a while now.

livein kin­dness1371407441.9705 PostsRegistered 12/17/2010Michigan

I have had black for about 10 years. I have not gotten tired of it. I do not think we are allowed to name things but I use a glass cleaner not any will do this one is in a dark spray bottle with yellow top ( as least in my area) front says no streaky soaps or dyes

premium glass cleaner Makes glass invisible! the one of anothe brand in a white spray can does not work. I know this is for glass but it makes my appliances shine.

polar1371409563.2432766 PostsRegistered 11/7/2005

They are starting to show alot of bronzie brown appliances and sinks.

colliegirls1371418182.3538866 PostsRegistered 5/13/2012
On 6/16/2013 polar said:

They are starting to show alot of bronzie brown appliances and sinks.

Do you mean Bronzo appliances????!!!! {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

Kachina6241371420357.57319327 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico
Been there...done that. Coppertone.

Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?

sarpy1371421356.411755 PostsRegistered 6/29/2006

We have white appliances and Corian countertops. No upkeep, easy to clean. They look so good all the time I have to remember to clean them.

misspammie1371422175.312807 PostsRegistered 3/14/2010now in Virginia
On 6/16/2013 polar said:

They are starting to show alot of bronzie brown appliances and sinks.

LOVE that look, but my son just got a small sink (rinse vegs etc) at the end of a counter and he already notices marks. AND has copper/brass (?) whatever in the master bath. yoi, son spit toothpaste in the sink and DID NOT RINSE IT OUT , oooooooo trouble. if you love it, i'm sure you'd take care, but B E E E W A RE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck to you. I think it'd be beautiful

"jus' sanwiches and milk"

Allegheny1371422333.231592 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007PA

donor, I share your pain. When I remodeled 3 years back, I got a black gas cooktop. I should have got SS. Its a disaster to keep clean looking more and a day or two. I have 3 non porcelainized cast iron grates which have to be removed before cleaning the cooktop and my knobs aren't removable. I use Stoner's also, but for the most part its just something I am going to have to live with.

FastDogWal­ker21371422871.181945 PostsRegistered 1/18/2007

The all purpose Pledge that comes in the blue can does a great job on almost every surface - give it a try!

curlywhite­dog1371424329.196648 PostsRegistered 6/2/2005Central NJ

There's no secret to keeping black appliances shiny and bright, it's easy using microfiber cloths...that's all there is to it, a microfiber cloth along with a bit of Windex and you're in streak free heaven (as long as the cloth is clean, that is). 'Fridge, micro and DW are all a one step process, just spray, wipe and let dry. The stove top takes the most effort and is a three and sometimes four or five step process but once it's done it looks brand new. Step one is to get any and all food particules off the top and remove the small caps on the burners. Step two is Windex and paper towels (you could use microfiber for all the steps but I like the disposability of the paper towels when cleaning up grease) and the third (and sometimes fourth time or more) are Windex with the microfiber cloth until the stove shines like new. It's a bit of a challenge to get it really clean and I sometimes use two or three cloths to assure a nice shine but the sooner I take care of the problem the less of a challenge it is. For the really stubbron stains that seem impossible to remove, the ones that seem to go around the burner itself, I use a teeny tiny bit of Soft Scrub on a cloth and rub with my finger...that works fine on my stove top but I can't say if it'll be a problem for yours.

Good luck.


Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil says "oh crap, she's up".

AnneMary1371439639.81701 PostsRegistered 10/22/2008Anchorage, AK

I've been thru the same mess with my black (and SS trim) Kenmore range. It is not a glass top but an electric coil type. It was not cheap, but it really is worse than cheap. I also tried everything under the sun to keep it newish looking. And the best thing I found is a window/glass cleaner from Sam's . It, if I remember right, is a light bluish color can. It comes with 2 large cans.....can't remember the price. Spray and wipe it around with a very small soft piece of material, then buff it with a nice soft dish towel. It's so nice that it almost feels like a fine soft fsilky finish on it.......hard to describe! But it works wonders!! I hope they never run out of the stuff because I also use it in several places in my motorhome.

only shops­ online1371440768.2235950 PostsRegistered 10/17/2006

I haven't had any problems with my black appliances. I clean them with a spray glass/multi-surface cleaner. My stove top is solid, so I use the cleaner/polish made for that and, in between, wipe it off with soapy water and dry it.

I do have a SS waste can in the kitchen and that thing is horrible to clean. It always looks streaky.

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