How Do I Remove Scratches From Stainless Steel?

Remove a scratch from stainless steel by scrubbing the scratch with a liquid abrasive cleaning product, then scrubbing any remaining scratch with wet sandpaper. You need a liquid abrasive cleaner, a sponge, 1,000-grit sandpaper, 600-grit sandpaper, soap and a cloth. Most scratches can be removed in under one hour.

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.

  1. Clean the stainless steel

    Wash the stainless steel with soap and warm water. Make sure all dirt and grime are removed. Rinse the area, and dry it with a clean cloth.

  2. Apply the liquid abrasive cleaner

    Rub a small amount of the liquid abrasive cleaner over the scratch. Gently press down as you rub the scratch in the direction of the grain. Inspect the effects of your efforts every few minutes by wiping a small area clean and examining the scratch. Apply more cleaner as needed.

  3. Rinse, and inspect the stainless steel

    Rinse the stainless steel with warm water, and dry it with a cloth. Check for any remaining scratches.

  4. Scrub the remaining scratches with wet sandpaper

    Wet a piece of 1,000-grit sandpaper. Rub the scratch with the sandpaper, going in the direction of the grain. Change to a 600-grit sandpaper if needed. Continue rubbing until the scratch is gone. Rinse, and dry the area.

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.