How to Repair Scratches on KitchenAid Stainless-Steel Appliances

If your stainless-steel KitchenAid appliance has a few scratches, you can diminish their appearance or get rid of them entirely. Scratches on a stainless-steel appliance are caused by a variety of factors, including dropping the appliance or using an abrasive cleaner. In most cases, a thorough cleaning makes a thin scratch disappear, but deep marks may require other measures. Before you use a particular method or product, test it on an area of the stainless steel not typically visible, such as the bottom of your appliance.

Things You'll Need

  • Stainless-steel cleaner
  • Rags
  • Olive oil, baby oil or lubricant spray
  • Emery cloth
  • Stainless-steel rubbing compound
  • Spray bottle
  • 600-grit sandpaper or finer
  • Chrome polish

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Apply a stainless-steel cleaner to the outside of your KitchenAid appliance, according to instructions on the cleaner. Wipe the cleaner off with a damp rag. Let it air-dry.

Rub olive oil, baby oil or lubricant spray on the scratch with a rag, if the scratch is shallow. Buff the scratch using an emery cloth.

Apply a stainless-steel rubbing compound with a rag in the direction of the grain, if the scratch is deep.

Fill a spray bottle with water, then lightly spray the surface of the scratch. Sand gently with wet 600-grit sandpaper or finer. If the scratch is still faintly apparent after sanding, repeat steps 3 and 4.

Rub chrome polish on the surface of your stainless-steel appliance with a rag. The polish brings the appliance back to its original luster.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stainless-steel rubbing compound and chrome polish are available at most automotive stores.


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