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How do you remove scratches on stainless steel?

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Shallow scratches can be covered up by rubbing the stainless steel with a non-metallic, abrasive cleaning pad, such as a Scotch Brite pad, in line with the polishing pattern of the steel. Deeper scratches typically remain unaffected by the abrasive pad, and may require professional attention.

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Stainless steel has become very popular in kitchens, in part due to its rugged finish and its ability to resist rust and corrosion. The softness of the steel combines with its reflective nature to easily shows scratches.

If stainless steel scratches are a problem, consider stainless steel appliances or objects with an angel hair, distressed swirl or embossed finish. These finish patterns have a more random appearance that allows minor scratches to go unnoticed.

Professional appliance surface repair companies can lessen scratches even more by refinishing the damaged surface to restore the original buffing pattern in your stainless steel. This is highly costly and many homeowners find that replacing the stainless steel object may actually be more cost effective.

If refinishing a piece of stainless steel is the preferred option, hairline or long grain patterns creates long, straight buffing marks that allow scratches to blend into the overall effect and reduce the likelihood that new scratches will be noticeable.

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