streaks on stainless appliancesLa la la-la la la,
Sing a happy song.
La la la-la la la,
Smurf it all day long.

That’s you singing the Smurf song.  Why are you singing the Smurf song?  Because you just got your new Norwex or e-cloth® in the mail and you just KNOW it’s gonna solve the streaky, finger-printy problem that is your stainless steel fridge (or dishwasher or stove).

You tear the cloth out of the package, dampen it and wipe your fridge and… suddenly your happy Smurfy song turns to something foul.  Some sort of headache-inducing, Death Metal song with thrashing guitars and growling, screaming lyrics.

Because your Norwex or e-cloth® has left your fridge looking like a streaky nightmare and the more you wipe, the worse it looks!

Why, oh why, oh WHHHHHHHYYYYYY?

Please, take a minute and breathe.  I’m going to tell you how to fix that, but first…

Why Norwex and e-cloths Leave Streaks on Stainless Appliances

There is old Polish or Cleanser on the Appliance!

Both e-cloths and Norwex cloths will leave streaks if you (or the manufacturer) have used some sort of “cleanser” or “polish” on the appliance in the past.  These cleansers and polishes leave a very sticky residue behind.  They gather dust and cling to stainless steel.

Norwex and e-cloth microfiber will pick up some of the cleanser/polish but it won’t pick it all up sooooo, you’ll be left with a hideous streaky mess. Steaks of areas where the polish has been removed and areas where it has been removed.

But, but, but... “, you say.  No one told you that when you bought the darned cloth.

There, there. I know.  I’m sorry.

How to Get Rid of the Hideous Streaks

I’ve tried a few things with varying results. And I mean I’ve spent ages trying these.  I’ve worked hard so that you don’t have to.

  1. Call/email Norwex or e-cloth:  They suggested that I just keep wiping with the cloth and use a bit of elbow grease.  HONK! Absolutely does not work.  Well, it may work but I gave up after 25 minutes with no progress.
  2. Dish soap and water and a cloth: HONK! No luck after 15 minutes.
  3. Vinegar: Works a little but you’ll still spend hours and hours wiping. I spent 15 minutes with very little progress.
  4. Baking Soda and Water Paste: HONK! No luck. I got frustrated and gave up after 10 minutes.
  5. Norwex Cleaning Paste: Ding! Ding!  This works. It’s fast and effective. Removes the polish/cleanser almost immediately.  BE AWARE that the Norwex paste is slightly abrasive and can scratch the steel so be sure to test a small area first.
  6. Universal Stone: DING! DING! DING! This is my favourite solution.  It works in a matter of seconds, and is completely non-abrasive so absolutely safe on your appliances. Also, it leaves a bit of glycerine behind that gives your appliances a happy-smiley gleam.

Once you have removed all the polish/cleanser, keeping your appliances streak-free will be as easy as a quick wipe every day or so with your e-cloth or Norwex cloth – just like was promised to begin with – and you can go back to singing your happy song.

PS – I realize that the Universal Stone (and Norwex Paste) are pricey products and I wish I had a cheaper alternative (although I’m sure the Shaklee paste would work just as well – test on small area first). But, these are powerful cleansers that will last ages and can be used all through your house.  I’ve posted reviews on both products here in the past.  My thoughts on Universal Stone are here and here. And here is my review of the Norwex Paste.