Our world has many huge problems that must be faced and dealt with, but here’s one problem that, although not considered huge, is definitely bugging me. It’s the fact that kitchen appliances are advertised as stainless steel when they’re not.
The home my husband and I bought a year ago in Elburn contains a so-called stainless steel refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. At first glance, they looked lovely. Looking more closely, I discovered stains close to the floor on the refrigerator door that refused to come off no matter what I tried.
Also, simply touching any of my new “stainless” steel appliances caused stains, especially on the door of the refrigerator, which is naturally touched the most often. Who decided to call these appliances stainless steel, I wondered? It had to be someone who was partially blind or someone who’d had a few too many cocktails, I was sure.
The white appliances in our previous kitchen were definitely more my definition of stainless. Sure, you might put fingerprints or smudges on them, but then, magically, with the touch of a damp cloth, the stain would disappear. That means stainless to me.
Here in our Elburn home, in order to keep the refrigerator door from becoming a fingerprint and smudge repository, I have to keep a small dry clean cloth handy in a nearby cabinet drawer to cover my hand with when I open the door. However, sometimes the cloth doesn’t cover my whole hand and fingerprints and smudges quickly appear.
This refrigerator also has a cold water and ice dispenser. If enough water collects under the water dispenser, it drips down the front of the refrigerator and leaves guess what – stains, added to those that were there when we moved in.
Nothing I’ve found has removed these new stains either. Attempting to clean my new appliances takes much longer than the time I spent cleaning the lovely white appliances I previously owned. Because of this, my time spent doing things I love, such as gardening, reading, riding my bike, and visiting with friends and neighbors has been substantially reduced.
Because of my problems, I’m very surprised that stainless steel appliances have become so popular. I rarely see a white stove or refrigerator advertised anywhere, and I haven’t heard one person complain about the stainless steel appliances most of them have in their kitchens. Was I the only person having any complaints? I started asking friends and new neighbors who have stainless steel appliances how they liked them. Guess what? They all agreed that they do stain and must be cleaned constantly. Would complaining to manufacturers help?
I doubt it. Instead, please join with me as I work to start a trend back to appliances that are more truly stainless – WHITE ONES.
Carol Kloskowski is a resident of Elburn. Feedback on this column can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.