While many homeowners love the sleek and shiny look of stainless steel appliances, daily life can inflict wear and tear on their smooth surfaces. Small dents and dings in the surface of the refrigerator can mar its elegant look. The same techniques that help remove small dents from automobiles can also work for stainless steel appliances if homeowners take special care not to scratch the steel or worsen the dent.
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Things you need
- Heavy gloves
- Dry ice
- Dent-pulling product
- Stainless-steel cleaner
- Soft cloth
Examine the dent carefully to determine whether it has sharp edges or creases or if it primarily rounded and concave. Depending upon the size and severity of the dent, you might be able to remove it at home.
Use a hairdryer on a low setting to heat the metal surrounding the dent; this will cause the metal to begin expanding.
Don heavy gloves and apply dry ice to the centre of the dent for two to three seconds. The extreme cold should make the metal contract, removing the dent. Repeat this process until the dent goes away or becomes shallower and less noticeable.
Purchase a commercial dent-puller, like the Ding King or Pops-a-Dent, to remove any remaining indentations. These devices use gentle suction to help pull out the dent. Follow the dent-puller manufacturer's instructions carefully to avoid damaging your appliance.
Apply stainless steel appliance cleaner and buff the area gently with a soft cloth.
Tips and warnings
- Call a local dent-removal company for their recommendations. they will often come to your home and offer you an opinion on the possibility of dent removal and an estimate for performing the service. Some companies will even rent professional tools for do-it-yourself removal.
- Dents involving sharp creases and edges might be impossible to remove. Contact the appliance manufacturer for information on a replacement panel for that part of your refrigerator.
- To avoid permanently damaging your appliance, make sure it is true stainless steel and not coated aluminium or other materials that mimic the look of stainless steel.
- Never touch dry ice with your bare hands since prolonged exposure can result in frostbite or other damage.
- Many commercial dent-pulling products are designed to be used on automobiles. Read the manufacturer's information carefully to ensure the product will not harm stainless steel.
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