How to get scratches out of a stainless-steel stovetop

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How to get scratches out of a stainless-steel stovetop
Remove scratches from stainless steel hobs carefully so you don't further scratch the surface. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A stainless-steel hob adds elegance and beauty to any kitchen. Stainless-steel appliances often come with a hefty price tag, so you likely want to keep your hob looking as good as you can. But it's not uncommon for your stainless-steel cooktop to get scratched. Scratches can be tricky to remove from stainless steel, but with the right products and methods, you can make the scratch disappear.

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Things you need

  • Soft rag
  • Stainless-steel cleaner
  • Non-metallic abrasive pad
  • 400-grit sandpaper
  • 150- or 200-grit sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Clean the hob with a soft rag and stainless-steel cleaner. This will clearly define the scratches so you can see what you're dealing with.

  2. 2

    Analyse at the hob and determine the direction of the grain. You can find the direction of the grain by looking for which direction the brush marks in the stainless steel are going.

  3. 3

    Rub lightly along the scratches with a non-metallic abrasive pad. Use long, steady strokes and move the pad only in the direction of the grain rather than back and forth.

  4. 4

    Sand the scratch lightly with 400-grit sandpaper. Again, sand in the direction of the grain and use long, steady strokes.

  5. 5

    Sand with 150- or 200-grit sandpaper, working in the same manner as you did with the 400. Continue sanding with the lower-grit sandpaper until the scratch has blended with the stainless steel's grain. Clean the surface with stainless-steel cleaner.

Tips and warnings

  • Deep scratches may be impossible to remove with this method. Consulting a professional will be your best bet when dealing with deep, penetrating scratches.
  • Using this method to remove scratches from your stainless-steel hob may distort the finish slightly. The polishing lines may be short rather than long once you are done.

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