How to Polish Cold Rolled Steel


Cold rolled steel is formed during a special manufacturing process where the steel ingot-steel that has been cooled to temperature at which it is no longer malleable-is rolled into sheets. This process produces an oxidized and weathered look. Cold rolled steel is most often used in kitchen appliances and is given a protective coating to prevent rusting. It is relatively simple to polish and to keep looking new.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Clean cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Window cleaner


  • Soak a clean, soft cloth with clear water.

  • Rub the entire surface of the steel to remove any dirt or grime.

  • Rub a clean, dry cloth over the entire surface of the steel until it is completely dry. Watermarks will form if you let the sink air dry.

White Vinegar

  • Apply white vinegar to a damp cloth and rub it over the entire surface of the sink. Rub in circular motions until the steel appears glossy and shiny.

  • Rinse the white vinegar out of the cloth, and rub it over the steel to rinse away any vinegar residue on the steel.

  • Dry the entire surface of the steel with a clean, soft cloth.

Window Cleaner

  • If your cold rolled steel is covered in fingerprints, spray the surface with a mild window cleaner.

  • Let the cleaner sit on the steel for one minute.

  • Wipe away the fingerprints and window cleaner with a dry, soft cloth. Wipe in circular motions to produce a high polish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use abrasive cleaners or scrubbing brushes to clean cold rolled steel. These cleaners can scratch the steel and can remove the protective coating.
  • Never use chlorine or bleach-based cleaners on cold rolled steel because they can permanently damage the steel’s finish.

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