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Streaking is especially visible on stainless steel; it’s often caused by too much product or a dirty cloth.
How to Clean It: Mist the surface with stainless-steel polish; wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. To remove smudgy fingerprints, skip the polish and simply buff with the cloth. Always rub with the grain.
Einshine natural stainless-steel cleaner, by Better Life, $8 for 16 oz., cleanhappens.com
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For mildew and stains, avoid harsh products like bleach, which can strip grout of its color.
How to Clean It: Scrub the grout with a paste of baking soda and water, then rinse. Next, submerge a microfiber cloth in a solution of water and mild dishwashing liquid. Wring out the cloth, then wipe down.
365 Everyday Value baking soda, available Whole Foods stores
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With Corian and Caesarstone, the way to remove the stain depends on the finish; follow the instructions that come with the installation.
How to Clean It: For routine cleaning, spray the surface with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe it with a microfiber cloth.
All-purpose cleaner, in Ginger Yuzu, $4 for 28 oz., methodhome.com
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Wood sprays leave behind oily residues that attract dust. For daily cleaning, just dust with a dry microfiber cloth.
How to Clean It: For sticky or grimy wood surfaces, submerge a microfiber cloth in a solution of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. Wring out the cloth, then wipe down the wood.
Dish soap, $8 for 16 oz., commongoodandco.com
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Abrasive pads and cleaners will compromise the seal on concrete and leave it more prone to stains.
How to Clean It: Mix a 1-to-1 solution of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the surface, then wipe it down with a microfiber cloth.
Organic white vinegar, $3.25 for 16 oz., fleischmannsvinegar.com
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