A stainless steel sink will show signs of usage like scratches over time.

Although stainless steel is a durable material, its shine and luster will fade as signs of wear and tear.

Fortunately, minor scratches on your stainless steel sink can be removed. With a little patience and time, your scratched sink will be looking new and shiny again.

How to Get Scratches Out of Stainless Steel Sink (minor scratches)

Things you will need:

  • Non-abrasive pad
  • Sponge
  • Clean towel or microfiber cloth
  • Stainless steel scratch removal compound (cream or powder)
  • If you are using a powdered scratch removal compound, make sure to add enough water until a paste-like consistency is achieved.

The steps:

  • First, rinse your stainless steel sink with warm water.
  • Place the stopper into the drain, then fill the sink with warm water. Add liquid dish detergent into the water. Mix well and submerge a sponge into the sink filled with water.
  • Wash the entire stainless steel sink using the sponge, focusing on areas where most likely to accumulate grease and grime.
  • Drain the dirty water and thoroughly rinse the stainless steel sink with clean water.
  • Examine all areas of your stainless steel sink to see any areas you might have missed.
  • Wipe the stainless steel sink dry with a clean towel. Also, take note of the spots where scratches are located.
  • Now, on your non-abrasive pad, pour a small amount of stainless steel scratch removal compound.
  • Gently yet firmly rub the pad over the area with scratches. Make sure to rub in the direction of the grain to avoid further damage. You can rub the area clean from time to time to see if the compound has removed or at least thinned out the scratches. Repeat the steps if necessary or until desired the result is achieved.
  • Once done, wash the stainless steel sink again with warm water and a liquid detergent. Then, dry the sink with a clean towel.
  • You can also apply stainless steel polish for more shine if you want. But this is entirely optional.

How to Get Scratches Out of Stainless Steel Sink (deep and severe scratches)

Things you will need:

  • Non-abrasive pad
  • Sponge
  • Clean towel or microfiber cloth
  • Stainless steel scratch removal compound
  • 1,000-grit sandpaper
  • 600-grit sandpaper
  • Rubber sanding block

Procedure:

  • Clean the stainless steel sink with warm water and liquid dish detergent. First, fill a small bucket with warm water and mix a small amount of liquid dish detergent.
  • Using a sponge, rub off grease and grime from the sink. Spend more time on areas with accumulated grease and grime.
  • Rinse off the sink with clean warm water. Then, dry off with a clean soft towel.
  • Attach a 1,000 grit sandpaper to a rubber sanding block. Soak the rubber sanding block into a bucket of clean water and leave it until sanding paper fully soaks up.
  • Then, wet sand the heavily scratched areas with direction following the grain. Apply gentle pressure while rubbing sanding the area back and forth. Check the area every now and then to see if the scratches are fading.
  • Attach a 600 grit sandpaper on a sanding block this time if there are no signs of improvement or scratches are not fading. Repeat the wet sanding process but make sure to go in the direction of the grain.
  • Put a small amount of stainless steel scratch removal solution into your non-abrasive pad and gently rub on your sink. Rub the pad into the area with severe scratches. Always rub in the direction of the grain to prevent further damage to your stainless steel sink. Wipe the area dry to see if the scratch is fading.
  • Repeat steps if necessary or until scratches on your stainless steel sink at least have faded. Apply stainless steel polish if you like, but this part is not absolutely required.

How to Get Scratches Out of Stainless Steel Sink (using stainless steel removal kit)

Things you will need:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Stainless steel scratch removal kit
  • Water

Instructions:

  • First, if you are using a powdered scratch removal, mix it with a few drops of water to get a paste-like consistency. If you are using cream-base scratch removal, then follow the steps below.
  • Add removal compound into the microfiber cloth (this should be mixed beforehand if you are using the powdered compound). Gently rub the microfiber cloth into the scratch, back and forth, until the scratch is smoothened.
  • Get a separate microfiber cloth, moisten it with water, and wipe the surface of the spot to remove scratch removal compound residue. Then, completely dry with another microfiber cloth.
  • Repeat steps if necessary and always refer to packaging for instructions.

For deep scratches:

  • You must read the instructions from the product guide first.
  • Familiarize the areas with deep scratches.
  • Start with the recommended grit pad according to the type of scratch you want to get rid of.
  • Using the appropriate scratch, rub the pad over the scratch in one direction. Apply enough pressure to prevent adding further scratches on your stainless steel sink.
  • Refer to the product guide if a change of grit pad is necessary and when to add scratch removal compound or water during the process.
  • Always wipe off the stainless steel surface with a clean microfiber cloth to finish the process.

Another simple method that you can follow in the absence of a scratch removal kit or compound is the use of olive oil. Clean the sink first with water and liquid dishwashing soap. Rinse off with clean water.

Then, on a clean soft cloth or paper towel, pour enough amount of olive oil. Scrub it gently on the scratch. Repeat if needed to minimize appearance small and light scratches.

To avoid the hard work and to save your time, avoid using abrasive tools when regularly cleaning your stainless steel sink. Another cost effective way to protect your stainless steel sink from scratches is to make use of your dish rubber mat when washing heavy duty kitchen tools.

But make sure to remove it from the sink after to avoid discoloration due to the water trap underneath.

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