How to Buff Out Deep Scratches on Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a common metal used throughout the world. Typical uses for stainless steel in your home are with appliances such as sinks and toasters. Commercial applications include large appliances such as stoves, fry vats and preparation tables. Thanks to wear and tear, stainless steel often develops deep scratches. When that happens, buff out the scratches to make the surface look new.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry towel

  • Whitening toothpaste

  • Soft-bristled brush

  • Damp cloth

Step 1

Wipe the surface with the dry towel to remove any dirt and/or debris.

Step 2

Squirt some whitening toothpaste onto the toothbrush. Begin scrubbing the scratch gently.

Step 3

Wipe the area off with a damp towel to check your progress after one minute.

Step 4

Squirt some more toothpaste on to the toothbrush and continue the process until the scratch is successfully removed. Allow 30 minutes to one hour for the toothpaste to dry before using the appliance. You only need to wipe away the excess toothpaste with a dry towel.


Follow up a polishing with stainless-steel polish if desired for a shiny, more professional effect after buffing out the scratches on the stainless steel.


Do not get toothpaste in your eyes. The menthol in the toothpaste can cause severe eye irritation. Flush with water and follow up with a few drops of milk in the eye. The milk will put good bacteria in the eye and help relieve the burning sensation.

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