Sunday, May 25, 2014

Reader Question

Jackie asks, “We purchased a stainless steel refrigerator but after scrubbing off the label, we now have about a 12"x1" circular scratch.  Any suggestions?”

Stainless steel comes in various grades and finishes, and home-grade stainless steel is usually the norm for all appliances. So before you attempt to buff out a scratch in your fridge or sink, be sure to check with the appliance's manufacturer to verify which type of stainless steel you're working with and what they recommend for cleaning.

Here are some stainless steel scratch removal techniques for you to try:

For fine scratches, cleaners such as Comet and Revere Stainless Steel and Copper Cleaner are non-abrasive cleansers that will gently buff stainless steel. They come in a dry powder that needs to be combined with water or as cream-based cleaners that go on the metal a bit smoother. Appliance manufacturers often make their own cleaners that are easy to find at home improvement stores. I also have had good success with Bar Keeper’s Friend.

If you have a lot of scratches, there are a few DIY scratch removal kits, such as Scratch-B-Gone or the Siege 63001 Stainless Steel Sink and Cookware Scratch Remover pack,

One piece of advice -- always rub or buff the scratch with the grain of the metal. If you go against the grain of the steel, you'll only make the scratch worse!

Hope this is helpful, Jackie! Do you have scratches in your stainless steel appliances or sink? Add this project to your summer to do list! Email me your questions at

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