How to Prepare Your House for Photography: Stainless Steel

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Ann Arbor home owners, we have a lot of stainless steel in our appliances. I have been converting mine over as needed to more energy efficient.

This is a post by a photographer, Joshua Vensel in Atlanta,  who sees as much stainless steel as I do. I like his recommendation on which product to use to keep it smudge free.

He recommends Weiman Stainless Steel Wipe.  (not WD40)


Stainless steel is a material with which we have a love/hate relationship.  We love that with one glance, in seeing stainless steel appliances, we know a kitchen has been updated.  We love its sleek, modern, appeal.  We hate that a closer look at stainless steel often reveals fingerprints and smudge-marks.  

Photographing real estate properties, I see a lot of stainless steel.  Mild smudges may not show in a photograph, but big ones will, and all smudges show in person once the photos have driven traffic to your listing.  

When you're preparing for your house to be photographed, whether it's going in Architectural Digest or the MLS, clean your stainless steel. There are a plethora of products on the market that claim to clean stainless steel - nearly every household cleaning manufacturer has their own version.  Not all cleaners are created equally. Method brand, one of my favorites for a variety of other products, has not worked well for me.  Multi-purpose products like Pledge Multi Surface, have also not cut it in my experience.  

I've seen one home-owner use (and I do not recommend it) WD-40, which actually worked pretty well.  However, I can assure you that you don't want your kitchen smelling like a garage when it's being shown.  You also probably don't want to explain to your spouse why the door handles are so slippery.  

My favorite tool for cleaning stainless steel is Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes:

Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes 

For me, this wipe eliminates nearly all traces of streaks and smudges, and leaves a satin-smooth finish that is absolutely brilliant.  It smells very pleasant too.  Scroll down to see a step-by-step of the difference.   

Here's the original door.  From a distance, it's actually passable in a photo, but the streaks below the water dispenser really show in person:

Stainless Steel fridge door

Here's the door after using Pledge Multi Surface.  In my opinion, these streaks are actually more noticeable than the originals:

Stainless Steel fridge door

Here's the door while the Weiman wipe is being applied.  I rub it in like suntan lotion, and it leaves a white trail; Don't freak out.

Stainless Steel fridge door

5-10 seconds later, the white has disappeared and all that is left is a silky-smooth appearance.

Stainless Steel fridge door


Joshua Vensel specializes in real estate photography and photography of luxury interiors and furnishings. Joshua is based in East Cobb county, near Marietta, and photographs properties in the entire metro Atlanta area for real estate agents and interior designers alike.  Call 404-786-5328 or view Atlanta area real estate photography on Joshua's Facebook page.

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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Good reblog. Stainless stell and the fingerprints that go along with it can be a huge challenge.

Apr 16, 2011 03:18 AM #1
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Missy, You just know how to find those great resources. I will see if I can find that product here. I am always looking for the best cleaner to keep mine looking new and not streaked. Stainless looks great when it clean and when it isn't it doesn't look much better than a dirty car. As for the sticky handles, it is probably my Boysenberry preserves, LMAO.

Apr 16, 2011 09:16 AM #2
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

HI Missy - I just found this product recently when I got very frustrated trying to get the smudges and fingerprints off our new fridge and especially the front of the microwave. Weiman's rocks!

Apr 16, 2011 11:40 AM #3
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I can't remember what I finally found but, I was using Endust for a long time.  It did fairly well but, if you applied too much, it was a disaster!  So, I finally did find something and it's working great.  I'm about ready to go back to black--SO much easier to keep clean!

Apr 16, 2011 03:37 PM #4
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -

Good to know about this product. I have a new listing that this will come in handy for.

Apr 16, 2011 04:14 PM #5
Vickie Slade
Colorado Landmark, Realtors - Boulder, CO
Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On

I hadn't heard of this particular product before.  Will definitely have to give it a try.  I try to keep a tool kit in the trunk of my car.  I'll have to consider adding a pack of these as well.

Apr 16, 2011 04:28 PM #6
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

This is timely for me as I just bought a vacation home and renovated the kitchen with stainless steel. Everyone tells me they are a pain to keep clean and was wondering what would work best.

Apr 17, 2011 12:36 AM #7
Kim & Kristine Halverson, Santa Monica Real Estate :) - Santa Monica, CA

Hi Missy,another helpful blog here.You are definitely the best Ann Arbor Short Sale Agent.BEst of luck!

May 02, 2012 06:37 AM #9
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Hi Missy,great blog here.Definitely helpful.I will reblog this to others.Stay being the favorite Ann arbor short sale agent.

Aug 24, 2012 07:44 PM #10
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