How To Remove Scratches From Stainless Steel

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Walk into a new or remodeled kitchen, and you are sure to find at least a few steel items tucked in some corner of the room. Many homeowners even prefer to have all of their kitchen appliances made of stainless steel. This is because the stainless steel is durable, looks sleek, and is excellent at resisting stains and damages.

However, stainless steel is not perfect. Use it regularly, and you will soon start noticing scratches on its surface. The good news is you can easily fix them! Read the tips below to know how!

Make Sure It’s The Real Steel

It is fairly easy to distinguish which steel is real and which steel is simulated. Real stainless steel is non-magnetic and easily impressionable. This means that you can see your fingerprints on it, while a simulated steel surface is often clear-coated to make it fingerprint proof. Make sure that your stainless appliance is real with no clear protective coating or synthetic surface applied, or else you will end up damaging it more.

Determine The Direction Of The Grain

The most important part of repairing stainless steel is rubbing in the same direction as the grain, or the brush marks that appear on the surface of steel during the manufacturing process. Look closely to identify the direction of the grain on your stainless steel. Now effectively rub the abrasive in the same direction.

Things That You’ll Need
-Soft microfiber cloth or sponge
-Non-abrasive cleaner
-Stainless steel polish
-Soft toothbrush
-Whitening toothpaste
-Wet-dry sandpaper
-Sanding block

Removing Fine Scratches From Your Stainless Steel Appliances

Spread the cleaner on the scratch. Now take a wet sponge and rub the scratch vigorously in the direction of the grain. Flush the cleaner every so often to see if the scratch is gone. Once the scratch disappears, apply stainless steel polish on the surface for a smooth finish. You can also use olive oil if you want.

Removing Fine Scratches Using Toothpaste

Take the toothbrush and apply a little toothpaste on it. Now brush over the scratch, rubbing it in the direction of the grain. Keep brushing. Add more toothpaste if needed. Once the scratch is removed, apply steel polish or olive oil on the surface for a smooth finish.

Removing Deep Scratches From Your Stainless Steel Appliances

Moisten a sandpaper sheet thoroughly. Make sure that it remains wet throughout the process.

Dampen the area of the scratch with a sponge.

Start sanding the scratch in the same direction as a grain. Apply a little pressure while you are at it. Do it for a few minutes. If a scratch is still there, use a coarser grit sandpaper sheet this time. When the scratch is gone, revert to a finer sandpaper sheet and sand lightly over the area.
Use a sponge to wipe the sanded area. Gently remove all a grit from the surface. Lastly, use a microfiber cloth to wipe the surface dry. Apply a little steel polish for a final shine!

-Use the gentlest non-abrasive cleaner. They come in both powder and semi-liquid forms. If you use the powder, start by mixing it with water to make a thin paste.
-When using sandpaper, use a sand block along with it. This is to keep your pressure on the steel surface even.
-The sanding technique only works on plain stainless steel material.

If you are having trouble with any of your steel appliances, we would be happy to help! Our experts at Able Appliance & HVAC Service provides the most efficient repair services at very affordable prices! Contact us at 703-916-0509 or 703-330-4772.

December 2018




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Most people use microwaves daily to thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook meals. Common problems your microwave can develop include:

  • The plate won’t turn.
  • The microwave doesn’t turn on or off.
  • The door won’t close or open.
  • The microwave doesn’t heat properly.
  • It makes strange or loud sounds.
  • The light stops working.
  • The touchpad won’t respond.

Call to schedule a repair today if you notice any of these warning signs.


Whether you own a separate freezer or only the one on your refrigerator, you count on it to keep perishable items frozen for later use. If the freezer fails, you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food. Some warning signs of freezer malfunction include:

  • Water leaks
  • Frost or ice buildup
  • Strange sounds
  • Temperature variations
  • Constantly running compressor

The freezer also might just stop working.

Ice Makers

Many people enjoy the convenience of built-in ice makers. Signs that yours isn’t working correctly:

  • Ice is fractured, frosted, or strangely shaped.
  • Ice won’t release from the mold.
  • The outside ejector doesn’t produce ice.

Common issues include clogged water lines, incorrectly set thermostats, unlevel mounting, and clogged water filters.


Gone are the days when someone had to wash dishes by hand in the sink daily. Most people use their dishwashers every day to avoid that manual task. You may notice:

  • Your dishes aren’t clean after a wash cycle.
  • The dishwasher won’t run.
  • The machine won’t fill or drain properly.
  • Your dishwasher has a foul odor.
  • Operation makes more noise than usual.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service can diagnose and repair your issue.


Every kitchen has a refrigerator. Some people have them in garages and offices too. We count on these essential appliances to keep our food fresh. It’s time to schedule a repair if:

  • The refrigerator operates constantly or won’t come on at all.
  • The temperature is too hot or too cold, not adjusting with the thermostat.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.
  • The water dispenser won’t release water.
  • The appliance makes loud noises.

Most of these issues are easily repaired.

Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges

Families that enjoy home-cooked meals and freshly baked desserts rely on their ovens and stoves. Owners can choose gas or electric appliances, and the repair issues can differ for each type. However, the problems you may notice remain similar.


  • The oven won’t heat to the set temperature correctly or at all.
  • The interior light won’t come on or turn off.
  • The self-cleaning feature doesn’t work.
  • The door won’t open or close.
  • Your food cooks unevenly.
  • Your controls aren’t responsive.
  • The heating or broiling element won’t ignite or come on.

Stovetops and Ranges

  • Eyes won’t ignite or power on.
  • Temperatures don’t adjust to your settings.
  • The indicator lights don’t work.
  • Turning the eyes on produces sparks or strange smells.
  • Bubbles, cracks, or blisters appear on the cooktop or coils.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service technicians can repair all brands of electric and gas ovens, stoves, cooktops, and gas range tops.

Washers and Dryers

Everyone needs clean clothes, sheets, and towels. Our washers and dryers make that easy to accomplish unless they stop working properly. Each appliance typically gives you signs that repairs are necessary.


  • Water won’t fill or drain.
  • Water overfills or leaks.
  • The agitator won’t spin.
  • The washer vibrates excessively or makes loud noises.
  • Unpleasant odors persist.
  • The door doesn’t open.
  • The machine ruins your laundry.
  • The washer won’t turn on or stop


  • The dryer doesn’t power on or only runs for a short time.
  • The dryer won’t heat or overheat.
  • The machine takes too long to dry laundry.
  • The drum won’t spin.
  • The dryer is too noisy or vibrates excessively.
  • The laundry has wrinkles or lint.

These appliances come in many makes and models, and Able Appliance & HVAC Service can repair them all.

AC and Heating

When your heating or air conditioning isn’t working properly, your home can quickly become uncomfortable. Common issues you’ll notice are:

  • The air isn’t heated or cooled to the correct temperature, the heat blows cold air, or the AC blows hot air.
  • The unit runs constantly or won’t turn on.
  • Fluid leaks from your inside or outside units.
  • Your system is too loud.

Schedule a repair appointment to avoid further damage if you experience any of these problems.

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