Your stainless steel toaster, refrigerator, sink, or convection oven has scratches in the steel. How do you fix them to look like new? Whether you were cleaning your appliance with the wrong type of applicator or using harsh chemical cleaners, there are ways to remove the scratches from stainless steel for good. For starters, when you wipe down your stainless steel kitchen appliances, use a soft non-scratching cloth. You can use a small amount of vinegar and water when you clean your appliances. The vinegar helps to keep the metals luster and is non-toxic.
Note: Always clean or buff the stainless steel with the grain not against the grain. If you clean or buff with the grain, the scratches will flow into the natural pattern and disappear. Going against the grain will make the scratches worse.
HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES
Best Ways to Remove Stainless Steel Scratches:
- For super-fine scratches, use a cleaner such as Ajax, Comet, or a Powdered Stainless Steel Cleaner. These cleaners are powders and mixed with water to become a cream. They can be applied with a cloth or sponge. This is the best way to buff out extra fine scratches. Once applied, let it dry to a haze and then wipe it off with a damp cloth.
- Use Scotch-brite green pads to buff the steel. These pads are very common and can be found near the cleaning supplies at your local store. It is best to use a block of wood or something similar behind the scotch pad when buffing stainless steel. This is to apply even pressure onto the stainless surface to reduce creating streaks. Buff with long and even strokes going with the grain until the scratches disappear.
- There are Stainless Steel Scratch Removing Kits that can be used if needed. The best kit available is the Scratch-B-Gone Repair Kit. It is available at specialty stores and online for around $40 dollars.
- You can also try using a fine grit sandpaper. This is if your stainless is horrifically ruined and you need to try a last resort. You can try rebuffing the complete surface to make the scratches match the sandpaper scratches.
Note: Real stainless steel will NOT hold a magnet. Make sure you know if your steel is real stainless before using the above scratch removal methods. Also, if your stainless steel has a clear coating on top of it then the above methods will not work.