How to Repair Stainless Steel Sinks


Stainless steel sinks are shiny and flawless when you first purchase them, but after frequent use, the nice finish gets dulled with numerous scratches. It is possible to repair the scratches on a stainless steel sink with a few basic materials and tools. This will get the sink looking like new again without having to hire a professional.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Finishing pad
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Stainless steel polish
  • Clean the stainless steel sink with a soft cloth and use a cleaner specifically designed for stainless steel if necessary. Make sure the surface is dry before continuing.

  • Sand scratches with the coarse side of a finishing pad and work in the direction of the grain in the metal. Rub 2 inches beyond each side of the scratches to help the repairs blend in. Flip the pad over and go over the scratches with the fine side of the finishing pad to buff out the sanded sections.

  • Apply a thin layer of stainless steel cleaner on the sanded sections with a soft cloth. Apply the cleaner evenly throughout the sanded sections.

  • Wipe on a stainless steel polish with a soft cloth to restore the shine to the sanded areas.

  • Repeat the above steps if the scratches are still noticeable. You may need to consult a professional if you still cannot repair the scratches.

Tips & Warnings

  • The easiest way to figure out which side of the finishing pad is fine and which side is coarse is to use the pad on an inconspicuous area on the stainless steel. The coarse side will show more resistance.
  • Try not to use cleaners containing harsh chemicals such as bleach. Use a stainless steel cleaner whenever possible or window cleaners, rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, club soda or ammonia. These are all safe to use on stainless steel.

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