Are you looking at buying new appliances for your home? Are you sick of constantly wiping down your stainless-steel appliances? A fingerprint-resistant or “smudge-proof” finish on your appliances may be just what you need. Many leading appliance brands offer fingerprint-resistant stainless-steel finishes today including Whirlpool, GE, Samsung, and Maytag.
What is a Fingerprint-Resistant Finish?
Fingerprint-resistant finishes are a very hard, permanent coating, much like the finish coat on a brand-new vehicle.
The finish is made to shed oils and greases that are inherent to fingerprints. It also protects from spills of sticky beverages or foods. Fingerprint-resistant finishes are available for refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and laundry appliances.
The History of This Finish
Fingerprint-resistant appliance finishes have evolved over the past several years. Initially, there were self-applied coatings to put on your existing appliances to prevent fingerprints and smudges.
While at-home applications were popular for a while, consumers wanted an easier solution. Over time, manufacturers started applying the coating at the factory to make things easier. Today, you can find fingerprint-resistant finishes on most stainless-steel appliances.
Why You Should Purchase Fingerprint-Resistant Appliances
If you have had stainless steel appliances, then you understand how frustrating it can be to spend hours cleaning your appliances, just to see them smudged again the next day. With a fingerprint-resistant appliance, the stress of looking at your smudged appliances after you just cleaned it will be gone. The time that you spend cleaning your appliances will be cut drastically.
Stainless steel finishes smudge and collect grease and oil easily because the finish is porous. Over time, fingerprints can cause long-term erosion to stainless steel appliances. Fingerprint resistant finishes are made to be a slightly rougher finish, with less contact area to collect the oil and grease.
The finish applied at the factory tends to give appliances a more charcoal gray or matte black look. The appliance's appearance differs slightly by brand so take the time to shop for which one you prefer.
Cleaning Fingerprint-Resistant Appliances
Appliances with fingerprint-resistant finishes are much easier to clean than basic stainless-steel appliances. They require far less effort and attention and fewer cleaning products. You will be saving money with no appliance cleaners on your grocery list!
To clean a fingerprint-resistant appliance, simply wipe down the appliance with a soft microfiber. For tougher messes, you will want to use a mixture of soap and water. If you get your appliance wet, be sure to dry it in the general direction of the brushed finish.
Never use bleach, vinegar, metal cleaners, or any abrasive scours or cloths. These can break down the finish of your appliance.
Finance Your Purchase
At Queen City Appliance, we understand that you need flexibility when it comes to financing, especially during the holiday season. We offer convenient payment options from Wells Fargo, Regional Finance, and Acima and 0% financing for up to 48 months with approved credit. Learn more about our financing options today at QueenCityOnline.com/Financing.
Shop Outlet Specials
Working on with a tight budget but still want to upgrade? Shop Queen City’s Outlet Store in Charlotte. We offer one-of-a-kind deals on scratch and dent appliances or discontinued and overstocked items all with full factory warranties. Inventory changes frequently so stop into our outlet store today to see our latest deals.