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
- 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.