In the post below (scroll past that fabulous cat to the second, third, and fourth posts on the photo carousel!), Martha documented how she decorated her kitchen for the season, but the abundance of stainless steel in her space was what took center stage.  In the images, Martha shows the stainless steel cabinetry that make up kitchen. Many of the cabinets appear to conceal appliances, including the oven and dishwasher – creating an almost ‘invisible kitchen’, a look that is one of the biggest kitchen trends of the year.  ‘More decorations! We decorated every room and most of the windows,’ Martha writes. Alongside the steel cabinets (and her marble kitchen countertop), the businesswoman showcases her silver-hued Christmas decor, such as the trio of luxe wreaths in her window. She similarly dressed her countertops with mini Christmas trees – before sharing a glimpse into her festive dining room lighting ideas.  A photo posted by on Martha, herself, is also spotted standing beneath her extensive collection of pans that hang from the ceiling in the center of the room. Their metallic tones complement the cabinets and emphasize the room’s distinct look further.  And while we love the striking look of her kitchen, our second thought was: how easy are they to keep gleaming?   ‘Stainless steel is highly durable and can look great in a modern, industrial-style kitchen. However, there’s no getting around the fact that it scratches and dulls easily, though these become less obvious over time, and that it can get dirty quickly – and often leave streaks after a clean,’ says Lucy Searle, H&G’s Global Editor in Chief. ‘While careful use will minimize scratching, knowing how to clean stainless steel appliances properly will help you not only get yours clean, but keep them clean, too.’ To encourage the shine that a stainless steel deserves, we turned to the experts. ‘If your home has hard water, you may find limescale a problem on areas that are regularly wet, so you’ll need to know how to clean your stainless steel sink carefully, too. It’s not just the products – bleach will cause staining, for example – but any grit that’s trapped under a plastic bowl will cause scratching, too.’ Joyce French, a cleaning expert at HomeHow (opens in new tab) agrees that a stainless steel cleaner is the easiest option: To clean, ‘dampen your cloth with mild soap and warm water and give special attention to the areas which attract a lot of fingerprints such as the handles,’ she suggests. ‘Use professional stainless-steel cleaners and wipe in the direction of the grain and dry to prevent streaking.’ ‘There’s no denying that Martha’s stainless steel kitchen is high maintenance, but if you’re looking to clean your metal backsplash or you have cabinets like Martha’s, these methods should keep them looking smarter for longer,’ says Lucy Searle. ‘However, while I loved the look of my stainless steel kitchen, I wouldn’t have one again – the maintenance is just too much to take on.’