Removing Stainless Steel Scratches With Scotch-Brite

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The 3M Corporation makes a line of Scotch-Brite products, with stainless steel curly scrubbers the best known. These particular scrubbers, however, are not appropriate for use on the stainless steel in your kitchen as they may add scratches. A 3M stainless steel cleaner and polish in aerosol form masks blemishes, such as scratches on your stainless steel appliances. Using the stainless cleaner and polish with the Scotch-Brite light scrubbing pad or cleansing sponge decreases the visibility of scratches on your stainless steel appliances.

Things You'll Need

  • Scotch-Brite No. 9030 Light Scrubbing Pad or Scotch-Brite No. 63 Cleansing Sponge
  • 3M Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish
  • Clean dry cloth
  • Determine the direction of the grain of your stainless steel item or appliance. You can see that the fine lines like threads run in one direction either horizontally or vertically on the surface.

  • Spray the 3M Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish onto the Scotch-Brite light scrubbing pad or cleansing sponge. The spray is a white foam with a citrus odor.

  • Rub the stainless steel appliance in the direction of the grain, spreading the foam cleaner with the Scotch-Brite pad or sponge. You can use some pressure with the No. 9030 Scotch-Brite light scrubbing pad or No. 63 cleansing sponge without damaging the stainless steel, so long as you work in the direction of the grain.

  • Wipe the stainless steel item with a clean, dry cloth to remove any traces of the white foam cleaner. Turn the dry cloth over and buff the area by rubbing in the direction of the grain.

Tips & Warnings

  • The 3M Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish and Scotch-Brite scrubbing pad used together reduce visible fingerprints with the light protective film that remains after buffing.
  • 3M Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish may cause eye, skin or respiratory irritation.
  • Use only the 3M 9030 light-duty scrubbing pad or the 3M 63 light-duty cleansing sponge, as these will not scratch the stainless steel surface.

References

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