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
Olive oil, baby oil or lubricant spray
Stainless-steel rubbing compound
600-grit sandpaper or finer
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.
Stainless-steel rubbing compound and chrome polish are available at most automotive stores.