Can't Clean My LG Stainless Steel Refrigerator!!!

by LaRue B.

I can't clean my LG stainless steel refrigerator which I purchased (from R.C. Wiley) in July 2009.

I need help desperately. I don't know if it is a defect or what.

The stainless steel can not be cleaned on the outside (stainless steel color) and due to the tall water
dispenser, water constantly spills.

Can someone offer a suggestion because this stainless steel refrigerator cost over $2000.00 and I am almost in tears everyday because it always looks so dirty.

I need help. Please.

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Oct 18, 2016
Disappointed NEW
by: Anonymous

This is our second stainless LG, and we're so disappointed it's much harder to clean than the older one! The stainless steel cleaner and wipes that worked like a charm with the old one don't work, and every cleaner we've tried leaves dull streaks and splotches everywhere. Dish soap and then mineral oil has improved things, but it took so much effort to buff it everywhere for an even look. I'll try the pledge spray on furniture polish method next or spray cooking oil as I just tipped over my bottle of mineral oil and made a mess on my granite and shirt. Not a happy housekeeper today...:/ We're also disappointed with the mysterious defrosting of our freezer contents that has happened twice in just 3 months since we got the new fridge when the freezer was just a bit too full. Shouldn't you be able to use all your freezer space without worrying about blocking vents? This LG will prob be our last. *scurries back to buffing fridge*

Oct 14, 2016
Found something that worked on my LG Fridge! NEW
by: Anonymous

First off kids and stainless steel appliances are not a good combination! That being said I started cleaning my fridge with pledge multi surface cleaner...worked ok for maybe a month then it stopped working. We were having a big party at our house and I wanted my fridge spotless so I turned to Pinterest and went with the vinegar olive oil combo...well that took about 30 minutes to get all that oil rubbed off....but it did look pretty good. Now about 2 weeks later nothing seems to be working and I have weird splotches on the fridge. I tried Brasso and that made even more splotches. So I found this thread of comments. I decided to use the good old dawn soap on a wet sponge before I went to the WD40 and I am happy to say the dawn worked. I did have to use 2 dry rags to make sure there were no streaks but it was rather simple and took minimal effort!

Oct 09, 2016
Cleaning Stainless NEW
by: Sharon

I was SO disillusioned with trying to get my stainless clean. The Windex left spots and run marks and stainless polish (spray) wasn't cutting it. I used WD40 and it worked like a charm!!! So glad I found this site! :) Happy Camper here!

Oct 08, 2016
Other options NEW
by: Anonymous

1. Ignore finger prints
2. a. Wash with Dawn, distilled water and microfiber towel to reduce streaking and uneven patina.
2. bsprite. Treat with a synthetic automotive paint protectant when still new and clean.

Oct 05, 2016
In response to WD 40 having a Bad smell NEW
by: Anonymous

Give me a break. WD 40 doesn't have much of a smell and whatever it does have lasts for only a few minutes!

Sep 22, 2016
Wipe after WD40? NEW
by: Sue

Hi. Just tired the WD40, and it worked wonders. Do I use a dry towel when done? If so, just in the direction of the grain? Thanks so much.

Sep 22, 2016
LG Fridge looks horrible NEW
by: Anonymous

My 2 year old Lg fridge looks horrible. It is covered in water drips and smudges. I too have tried everything. I really don't want to inhale the smells given off from the WD or any other strong chemical. LG's help line was pathetic, the woman didn't listen to anything I said, and went off and talked about an LG visit for a gasket issue 6 months ago??? Spent well over $3000, and this is what you get in return. My GE oven and Bosch dishwasher look great, the fridge is awful, I wish I could hide it in the basement and use it for drinks.

Sep 14, 2016
Found a cleaner that actually works that isnt oily or toxic! NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had all the same problems as people on here and have struggled to find something that works but I have!! I used every product I can find but it always started streaking again. Today while cleaning my fruit with Natural veggie wash I notice it said "safe removal of waxes, chemicals and soil" and I thought whT the hell, I have tried everything else so I sprayed it on my fridge. I used a dry towel to rub it in and you could feel it removing the wax residue. Then I used another clean wet cloth to rince off the veggie wash and then a dry towel to buff it dry. I am AMAZED! My fridge has never been this clean and shiny. Every streak and spot of dirt came off. I am happy that I found something that is food safe to use! I would bet all veggie cleaners would work. I hope this works for other people who have been struggling like me. I bought the veggie spray at tj maxx for 3.99.

Sep 12, 2016
by: Anonymous

We tried both WD40 and Liquid Gold. Both worked to remove streaks.. we recommend both with a preference for WD 40.
What surprised us was the merchant where we purchased the LG fridge had no experience on these remedies.
Thanks for the suggestions.

Sep 12, 2016
Baby oil NEW
by: Anonymous

When I read that baby oil works beautifully, I had no faith in it; but, I tried it, and it made my stainless steel refrigerator look better than new! Thank you so much. I had about given up on making it look good. I am really proud to have that beautiful stainless steel refrigerator in my kitchen now! Thank you so much!

Sep 06, 2016
please clarify on product name NEW
by: Anonymous

Shopzilla is a place to shop, can't find anything about stainless cleaning, please clarify.

Aug 18, 2016
Best product I've found!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Almost returned my stainless steel appliances. The more I used products meant to clean stainless steel, the worse the streaking. WD 40 works great, but the smell was terrible. Shopzilla by Topduck is a god send!! Plant based and no smell!! Clean stuck on food particles first with winded or soap and water. Spray on shopzilla on wipe with a dry cloth. The results are amazing. Everyone I have turned on to this product to clean their stainless steel are turning on their friends.

Aug 06, 2016
Fridge Hygiene NEW
by: Anonymous

I agree with almost everyone on the WD 40 it works great. However the fingerprint marks are a clear reminder how dirty hands are. It is frustrating but it reminds me to clean it with anti bac Windex. Im just saying even with the WD 40 the handles and the front need to be cleaned. For this I recommend Windex first then follow up with WD. Jr.

Jul 24, 2016
Liquid Gold NEW
by: Gloria M

I have tried everything and I mean everything, I.e. WD 40, mild soap and water, vinegar solution followed by olive oil (which worked pretty well, but a pain and takes longer), Windex (as recommended by Martha Stewart), and Weiman Stainless Steel cleaner. Finally saw one comment using Liquid Gold furniture polish. Read the label and sure enough it said you could used it on stainless steel. Tried it first on an inconspicuous spot; seemed to work, so, tried it on my whole refrigerator. It works! And much easier than everything else! Highly recommend giving it a try!

Jul 07, 2016
wd40 NEW
by: jr


you will be happy with the WD40, although unconventional, to say the least, but no more frustration!

Jul 06, 2016
SS refrig NEW
by: jana

I had a 10 year old stainless steel fridge that looked brand new. I could clean it with about anything and it looked great. Water, all surface cleaner, stainless steel cleaner. It was wipe and go. Now the new LG even at best takes extra long to clean. I have tried several cleaners that say they are for stainless steel and it gets streakier with each cleaning. I'm going to try the WD 40. It seems like you shouldn't have to bring an industrial type spray into a kitchen just to clean. What are they thinking? My fridge was $3000. I had no idea that cleaning would be such an issue.

Jul 03, 2016
update on usage of WD40 NEW
by: Jr

my previous post on March 2016 detailed my usage of WD40 on my LG refrigerator. After a 3 month period, here is my feedback.

I have NOT had a problem with the nasty fingerprints (or water splashes) any longer. After using the WD40 the initial first time to wipe down my refrig, the prints and smudges come off effortlessly with just using a microfiber cloth.

There appears to have been no harm done by wiping the WD40 on the surface of my refrig, for that I am elated!

Yes I agree that it is unscrupulous of LG to sell these expensive refrigerators with the terrible exterior issue. They have to be aware of it, I am sure. Resolution would be the RIGHT thing to do.

Jun 28, 2016
Samsung non existent warranty..customer service deplorable NEW
by: Anonymous

Samsung could care less, 4000.00 dollar and exterior looks cure for water marks!

Mar 31, 2016
WD40 worked when nothing else did! NEW
by: Jr

Rest assured if you have gone crazy looking at those awful fingerprints on your brand new LG refrigerator that the WD40 really does work! My fridge is only a few months old and sure i was scared to do it but the mild soapy water did not work in the least bit! Here is how i did it: i sprayed the WD40 on a microfiber cloth (not too much just a little) then i wiped over the prints as well as the outlying area then wiped over again with the clean side of the microfiber cloth. You sort of have to wipe the entire area for it to look uniform. I donʻt know how ling it will last but for now it sure looks good!

Mar 18, 2016
Who knew this was such a simple fix?! NEW
by: Rossmom

OMG....I absolutely love my LG products. Purchased the fridge first over 2 years ago and then proceeded to buy range and microwave...all in the dreaded stainless steel. Soon after purchasing the fridge, some water dripped down the front of the bottom freezer drawer leaving two stains I could not get rid of, even after purchasing the recommended (by Lowe's) stainless cleaner which did nothing to solve the problem. If it wasn't for their high reviews, I was almost hesitant about purchasing the other kitchen appliances. Anyway, I googled the problem today and came across this site where many recommended WD 40. I had a can on hand and decided to test a small spot on the side of the fridge. VOILA!!!! It's a!!! Went on to do all the appliances and now they look brand new. Even the water stains are gone. A big "thank you" to the brilliant people on here that recommended it!!

Jan 21, 2016
Clean an LG frig
by: JK

I was out of the ZEP cleaner and needed a substitute I used Old English furniture oil and it worked great. I think any oil based cleaner would help.

Jan 21, 2016
LG Frig cleaner
by: JK

I used the ZEP Stainless Steel Cleaner and it's the only thing I've tried that actually works pretty well. The ZEP I've only found at Home Depot where I live.

Jan 03, 2016
LG SS French Door Marks
by: Fred B

I regret the day I bought an LG fridge. The stainless steel doors are a pain t keep clean. They must use the cheapest materials possible. I'll never buy another LG product.

Dec 21, 2015
Nothing works
by: Anonymous

tried everything suggested on here. Stains below water And ice filler tray won't go away.

Oct 19, 2015
Finally a clean refrigerator!
by: Anonymous

I have had my LG French door refrig for almost 3 years and I have purchased every stainless steel cleaner and nothing worked. I was so glad to stumble upon this post this morning! I happened to have Scott's liquid gold on hand so tried this first, it worked great. My refrig and stove look like new!! I will probably try the WD40 at some time too!

Oct 03, 2015
WD40-thank you all
by: Anonymous

Just thought I would try the Internet this am to see if I could find help with cleaning my stainless steel fridge. I thought it was hopeless but then saw these comments about using WD40. I went into the garage and fortunately we had a little bit left so I tried it on a corner of the fridge and oh my goodness, it worked like a charm!! I even left half undone to show my husband😊 1 caution though, make sure you have good ventilation, especially if you have respiratory issues.

Aug 15, 2015
Listen to what people are trying to tell you on this website!!
by: Anonymous

If you read the comments on this website and tried them your problem would be solved. I have now had my lg fridge for 2 yrs and use the wd 40 and it works VERY WELL!!

Aug 14, 2015
Cleaning stainless steel
by: Sue b

hate my LG new refrigerator. Cannot remove marks from the stainless steel no matter what I do. Our old Whirlpool stainless frig did not have this problem.

Aug 07, 2015
Wd-40 magic!
by: Matt

Don't know about other brands or years but on my 2014 lg, this worked like magic. I couldn't get the fingerprints off and I thought I just had to live with it until coming across this page suggesting wd-40. It looks like new again! Thank you whoever figured this one out!!

Apr 18, 2015
LG Stainless Refrigerator
by: Anonymous

We've had our SS LG for about 3 years now. I did not have a problem keeping it look nice until recently. I have places on it that are real shiny while the rest looks like normal SS should look. I have tried a lot of products. We also have an LG range and dishwasher. They seem to clean up just fine. Can't figure out why the fridge is such a pain. I am going to try the WD40 as I have read more good reports on this.

Jan 09, 2015
LG Stainless Refrigerator new
by: Georgia


After reading comments I decided to try "Scotts Liquid Gold", it blew me away. No smudges or finger- prints. I am so happy.

Dec 27, 2014
best way to clean so far
by: Anonymous

I found that Turtle wax "ICE" works even better than WD40. Finger prints and smudges wipe away with just a microfibre cloth.

Dec 21, 2014
LG SS Fridge
by: Anonymous

The front of the LG fridge is stainless steel not aluminum. The sides are steel that is why the magnet sticks to the side. Most S/S is not magnetic so a magnet will not stick to the front. Also I agree WD40 works great.

Dec 15, 2014
cleaning SS fridge
by: Glenyse

just a note... I bought what I thought was a full SS LG Fridge, I have now learned the sides are SS but the front is in fact alumimun.. have you tried to put a fridge magnet on the front and it does not stay there? but the magnets will stay on the sides?

hence why it is so hard to clean the fronts also :(

on the upside... I will use the WD40.. I use that doe everything never though about the fridge

Nov 09, 2014
Wd40 works
by: Anonymous

Wd40 works perfectly

Nov 06, 2014
Worked Like A Charm
by: Jennifer

Thanks everyone for your great advice. I had some marks on my LG Stainless Steel refrigerator that wouldn't come off no matter what I tried to clean the surface with. I tried the WD 40 and it worked fantastic.

Oct 25, 2014
by: Anonymous

I too have been trying everything to clean my LG SS refrigerator doors with no luck. My new kitchen is gorgeous EXCEPT for the refrigerator doors that look like I have never taken a cleaning cloth to them. I tried the WD40 just now and I am so thankful for this post! It worked better than anything else I have tried.
Does anyone else have little tiny RUST marks starting to show all over the doors? This is ridiculous on a refrigerator that I have had for only 3 months. I am just wondering about the quality of the SS used by LG?? I love the rest of the refrigerator but these doors are a nightmare!!!

Oct 20, 2014
by: Anonymous

Finally found something that works!!!
Til I used this the surface was a nightmare

Oct 06, 2014
LG Refrigerator
by: Judy

I just tried WD40 and I can't believe it worked! I too am very unhappy with my LG Stainless Steel Refrigerator! When the ice drops in the ice maker it's embarrassing!! Really disappointed but it cost so much I'm stuck with it.....grrrrr.

Aug 20, 2014
Looked good UNTIL they delivered it!
by: Anonymous

I bought the last one. Someone "cleaned" the outside before they delivered it. You guessed it... a smeared up MESS that was NOT that way when I bought it. Now I have to figure out how to get it back to the status it was in when I first saw it. Will try the suggestions here and sure hope they work!

Jul 20, 2014
stainless claening
by: Anonymous

just tried wd 40, worked perfect!happy now

Jul 04, 2014
Hate my LG stainless
by: Anonymous

Ready to throw my stainless appliances out the door. Just so ugly with all the smears. I am going to try the suggestions on this site. To think I saved money for several years to get nice appliances and now my kitchen looks like a cheap renovation.

Thanks for the ideas guys and I will let you know how things go.

Jun 18, 2014
WD 40!!!!!
by: Anonymous

I have been using lemon pledge since I got my LG refridgerator a year ago. It works fantastic, but my granddaughters finger prints were on the fridge this weekend and whatever she had on her hands the pledge wouldn't touch it. Many comments about vinegar so I tried that, it just made the problem worse. So I tried the WD 40 (a little afraid to try it) and it worked great. Finger prints all gone along with the mess I made with the vinegar. I will continue to use the yellow can of pledge though because it cut down on finger prints to almost none. Even with my grandkids at our house 4 times a week.

Feb 17, 2014
Follow manufacturer directions
by: Anonymous

I just purchased an LG Jan. 2014, and the directions say to use mild soapy water and rinse and wipe dry. this worked perfectly, no streaks or marks. I used a few drops of Palmolive in a bowl of warm water and used a soft sponge. Then I wiped down with clean water and a cheap shammy and then dried with a soft cotton dish towel.
Try it as I'm sure other products will leave a film and fingerprints will follow.

Feb 09, 2014
Stainless cleaning tip
by: Anonymous

I too had nasty streaks in my stainless refrigerator ... Olive oil did the trick and it looks brand new

Feb 09, 2014
Stainless cleaning tip
by: Anonymous

I too had nasty streaks in my stainless refrigerator ... Olive oil did the trick and it looks brand new

Jan 20, 2014
LG stainless fridgea cleaning nightmare
by: Anonymous

I too bought my LG fridge in 2009. Nothing seems to work. as soon as I think it has a streak-free shine: I turn around and see nothing but streaks. None of my other stainless (Kenmore) appliances are like this LG nightmare. It must be something with their finish. Very frustrating. Have tried most of the suggestions.

Apr 13, 2013
by: Jude's

Tried everything on my LG fridge - nothing but streaks. Read all your comments and tried WD40 and OMG it works.

I sprayed the WD40 on a blue microfibre cloth and wiped dry with a yellow microfibre cloth and Voila! No Streaks.

Then I put them both in a ziplock bag and marked the bag and I am ready today for another day!

Thanks for all the great suggestions - but on an LG SS fridge - and my Kitchen Aid SS appliances WD40 is the best!!!!

Dec 30, 2012
LG Stainless Steel Refrigerator
by: D Davis

HELP I can not get my LG refrigerator doors to shine. I just bought it in 2012 if I had not paid so much for it I would get rid of it. I never should have bought stainless steel, kicking my self for doing so. Can someone tell me how to clean the out side doors I have tried every thing that I know of.

Apr 19, 2012
by: Anonymous

I found pledge (and a paper towel)to work best on my LG refrigerator, a microfiber cloth (slightly damp with water) to work best on my LG microwave and GE dishwasher. It seems like all of the stainless steels are different..

Oct 23, 2011
WOW! Stainless Steel Cleaner
by: Anonymous

Found WOW! cleaner at Ace Hardware. WD40 certainly works, but WOW is much better. Beautiful liquid shine, clean smell, not a solvent.

Earth-friendly, 100% biodegradable organic ingredients, non-flammable, no petroleum distillates.

Aug 14, 2011
Stainless steel appliances
by: Anonymous

Just tried WD40 on an LG refrigerator, GE microwave and Bosch dishwasher.

They haven't shined so much since they arrived!

Put just a small amount on a soft cloth, applied WD40, then wiped down with a soft dry cloth.

Give it a try!

Jul 26, 2011
LG Stainless Refridgerator
by: Anonymous

My LG stainless refridgerator is impossible to clean. I have tried everything commercial products and otherwise.

Do not buy this fridge. Be warned.

Jun 15, 2011
LG Stainless Steel Nightmare
by: Oakley

Wouldn't you think that LG would be interested in offering a solution with so many people complaining. Seems like it would be in their best interest.

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Jun 02, 2011
My LG Stainless Steel Refrigerator is a Cleaning Nightmare!
by: Oakley

Just like LaRue B, I too purchased an LG stainless steel refrigerator in July of 2009.

I take care of my home and nothing gets abused, but...I can not get the outside of my refrigerator clean. I think I have tried everything!

I defy anyone to come up with a solution that I have not tried.

I hate this refrigerator and will never purchase a stainless steel refrigerator again! I am so frustrated and disappointed.

Jan 17, 2011
Best Kept Secrect for Cleaning Stainless Steel!!
by: Anonymous

I don't know if you found a remedy but I clean houses and can offer you the best kept secret when it comes to cleaning stainless steel appliances:


Put it directly on the product or on a soft cloth such as a diaper or microfiber cloth once applied just rub in one direction and buff with the clean side of the rag.

Its the best trick I have learned. Stainless can be tricky!

Oct 30, 2010
cleaning stainless steel
by: Anonymous

try baby oil... i use it on all my stainless steel... works great

Oct 06, 2010
Possible Solution
by: Anonymous

I have an LG stainless steel refrigerator, and I picked up some "stainless steel wipes" at the local store. I know we have wipes for everything, but these are wonderful. I have had the package for about 2 months and have at least have the container left.

One thing I am wondering about is the filter light. I have had this fridge for almost a year, and the indicator light says the filter is 100% still good. I know when we bought this the sales guy said that refrigerator water filters should be replaced every 6 months. I'm just wondering if I should go ahead and change it.

Sep 23, 2010
Can't Clean My LG Stainless Steel Refrigerator!!!
by: Mrs. Carrero

I have that same problem. I left the clear plastic coat on the doors and freezer drawer but my Mom took the plastic coat off one door.

Immediately the fingerprints started (children) and as soon as I tried to wipe them off, it looks horrible!

LG should have a press release explaining how to clean their darn S/S doors. I gave up!

Sep 08, 2010
I think I might be able to help
by: Julianna

Bless your heart!! I can completely relate!! When I first tried to clean my stainless steel refrigerator I was SHOCKED at how awful it looked. Then I started looking around at a few different ways to clean it.

I tried soap and water (believe it or not it works the best) but you have to wipe it down and dry it otherwise it looks all streaky. That's really the biggest secret - wiping it clean and dry.

Don't even try to clean it with Windex. For me it was an exercise in frustration.

I also found some really interesting info on stainless steel refrigerators (cleaning, etc.) on the stainless steel page on this site. Click here to read it

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