How to Repair Shallow Scratches in Brushed Stainless Steel

For anyone who has ever owned stainless steel appliances, you know just how frustrating it can be when you get a scratch on the surface of the appliance. Stainless steel appliances are the highlight of any kitchen, but when they get scratched, which is easy enough to do, it seems that it's all that you can see. If you've ever scratched your stainless steel appliances, especially a new appliance, you know just how tragic it can be. But it happens, especially when you have a busy house that might include children and pets. You might open up a kitchen cabinet, and the handle scratches it, or something falls and leaves behind an unsightly scratch. It doesn't take much. The good news is that if the scratch on your stainless steel appliance is a shallow surface scratch, you may be able to repair it. It's important to note that you can't remove big gauges can't remove big dents with this DIY idea, but you can take care of minor surface scratches with some common household items. To start, here you will need a size 0000 extra fine steel wool scrubber and a little bit of vegetable oil. For the full tutorial and do it yourself home project you will want to take a look at the Fix Lovely site. The following are just some of the steps to get you started on this diy idea.

1. To start this diy idea for repairing stainless steel appliances use your finger, and put a generous amount of vegetable oil onto the scratch.

2. Then you want to very, very gently, start wiping with the steel wool. It is important to always go with the grain of the stainless steel. With most stainless steel appliances, the stainless look is simply a coating (they are not usually stainless all the way through).

3. Then you want to start by wiping as gently as possible, then slowly add a little more pressure a bit at a time, until the scratch in the stainless steel starts to disappear. You do not want to go through the top coating. This is this diy idea and do it yourself home project doesn't work on deep gouges, only on the small cratches. You will want to see the before and after photos on the site. For the full diy idea and tutorial you will want to look on the site.

Stainless steel appliances look great in the kitchen, but they are prone to showing fingerprints and hard water marks. Just as soon you clean your stainless steel appliances, it seems they are covered in prints and marks again. So, to restore your flat and dirty stainless steel appliances back to their shiny selves, you will want to use this diy idea. Two things that work well on stainless steel are vinegar and oil. It might sound a bit strange, but these two simple and inexpensive ingredients will get your stainless steel appliances looking shiny new again. For this DIY idea, you will want to gather up your natural cleaners and get them all ready to go. Then you want to determine the direction of the grain. Then clean your appliance with the vinegar by spraying your stainless steel appliance liberally with the white vinegar. Then wipe down, using a soft cloth, making sure to wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain. This step should remove the initial dirt and fingerprints from your stainless steel appliance and start to shine it up a bit. Then polish your appliance with some of the oil, in the direction of the grain and watch all of the marks disappear. You will find this do it yourself home project on how to repair shallow scratches on stainless steel on the Fix Lovely site. On the site, you will find DIY ideas, do it yourself home projects, beauty, life and more. **

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