How to remove scratches from brushed stainless steel

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How to remove scratches from brushed stainless steel
Use a high-grit pad to buff out scratches in brushed stainless steel. (detail of classical cooking stove image by Tomo Jesenicnik from

Brushed stainless-steel appliances have become popular in most kitchens. They blend in with almost all colours of cabinetry and countertops. Like all appliances, stainless steel harbours its fair share of scratches from daily use. To buff scratches out of brushed stainless steel, use a very fine-grit pad or sandpaper. A grit of 80 to 120 should be adequate to gently rub away any scratches.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Soft, clean cloths
  • Non-abrasive cleaner

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  1. 1

    Rub the abrasive pad or fine sandpaper gently over the scratch, making sure to rub along the grain, not against it.

  2. 2

    Wipe any residue from the abrasive pad or sandpaper away with a soft, clean cloth.

  3. 3

    Rub lightly over the scratch until it becomes unnoticeable.

  4. 4

    Clean the area with a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • If the scratch in the brushed stainless steel is deep, call the manufacturer or talk to your local stainless-steel dealer about how to repair it. You may need to have a professional look at and fix a deep scratch.
  • Always rub the grit paper with the grain and not against it as you run the risk of creating more scratches.

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