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How to Remove Scratches from Stainless Steel Appliances

Owing to its beauty, sleekness, durability and being light in weight, makes stainless steel the ravishing choice for common items around workplace and house. From stove to sink and counters to cabinet doors, stainless steel use everywhere. It has very high weather, stain and rust resistance, and shock absorption. However, it is not indestructible and prone to get scratched. Damages like dents, nicks and deep groves will require professional attention or part replacement. However, minor scratches can be easily treated by yourself. Read on to learn about removing scratches from stainless steel appliances

Cleaning of Affected Area

To clean the affected area, you need to use vinegar followed by warm water rinse. And wipe with clean cloth. However, you first need to look closer to determine the direction of grain. It is brush marking due to manufacturing process. You must rub/wipe in the direction of grain otherwise problem will get worse.

Removing Scratches from Stainless Steel:

There are several methods to remove scratches depend upon their severity. Normally, scratches divided into two main categories.

1.           Fine Scratches

2.           Deep Scratches

Before going further, you must keep in mind that techniques going to be discussed here can only be applied to stainless steel which has no any kind of protective layer over it otherwise it will cause more damage.

Materials You Need:

•            Non-commercial cleanser

•            Sanding Block

•            Whitening toothpaste

•            Dry/wet sandpaper in different grits

•            Stainless steel polish

•            Soft-bristled toothbrush

•            Lint-free, clean cloths

Removing Fine Scratches

Fine scratches are easy to remove using non-abrasive cleanser.

1.           If you are using powder cleanser, make its paste using water.

2.           Apply small amount of cleanser over the scratch and rub the solution securely back and forth in the direction of grain with damp cloth

3.           Remove the cleanser with wet cloth and see if scratch is gone.

4.           If needed, repeat the process and after satisfaction, apply thin layer of stainless-steel polish or olive oil.

If non-abrasive cleanser did not give satisfactory results than use white toothpaste, which is slightly abrasive. In this process you first need to apply toothpaste to toothbrush and move it securely back and forth over the scratch in the direction of grain and rest of the process is same as explained above.

Removing Deep Scratches.

Deeper scratches are sanded down using given procedure:

1.           Soak the sandpaper and keep it moist throughout the process.

2.           Wet the affected area and keep it damp during the whole process.

3.           Sand the scratch by applying light pressure and move it forth and back following grain.

4.           If scratch is not gone after some time than use coarser grit of sandpaper.

5.           When scratch is gone, use finer grit to blend the affected area with the rest of the finish.

6.           Clean the area with damp cloth in the direction of grain.

7.           Dry the affected area with soft cloth.

8.           In the end, apply thin coat of stainless-steel polish or olive oil.  

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