Having a scratch on your stainless steel sink should make it look dull and outdated. Despite the fact that this type of sink can be made of durable materials, the existence of scratches can be inevitable over time. Fortunately, there are nontoxic cleansers that should be able to remove minor scratches. This can be done via a wet-sanding method that should work as well on heavy scratches. This doesn’t mean that you can have excellent results right away, rather it will require a slow but steady process to bring back the shine to your steel sink in no time.
Steps Intended for Minor Scratches
1. Preparing the Steel Sink
Allow the sink to be free of particles by rinsing it with warm water. Just place the stopper into the drain and fill the sink with a mix of warm water combined with liquid detergent. Use a sponge that you can submerge into the water preparation. Wash the sink and focus on areas with grease or grime accumulation.
2. Locating the Scratches
Drain out the water from the sink by removing the stopper. Allow the suds to settle by rinsing the steel sink with water. Try to review areas where you might have missed out using a sponge. Use a lint-free cleaning towel and determine the location of the scratches.
3. Cleaning the Steel Sink
Use a little amount of liquid abrasive cleanser onto a soft brushing pad. Simply ensure that this product would be suited for your stainless steel sink.
4. Scouring the Affected Areas
Apply a back and forth motion when rubbing the affected areas with a soft brushing pad. Apply some gentle pressure on it in the direction of the grain in the stainless steel sink. If possible, try to wipe the affected area to determine if the scratch has indeed faded or not.
5. Drying the Sink
After the scratches have all been removed, you can now wash the sink down. A clean sponge with a mix of liquid dish detergent and warm water should be able to do the trick. You can now dry the sink using a clean towel thoroughly. For best results, you can use a steel polish and follow the instructions indicated on the package.
Step Intended for Severe Scratches
1. Repeat the Sequence from Previous Instruction
For severe scratches, you can follow steps 1 and 2 as indicated for minor scratches.
2. Wet-Sanding Process with 1,000-grit sandpaper
Try to attach the 1,000-grit sandpaper to a sanding block made of rubber. Use a little bucket and fill it up with warm water. Soak the sanding block into the bucket, while allowing sandpaper to soak up water. You can use constant pressure and try to wet sand the affected area. Simply apply the motion of rubbing back and forth toward the direction of the grain. Try to re-wet the sanding block frequently and check the area from time-to-time in order to see if the problem is still present or not.
3. Wet-Sanding Process Using 600-Grit Sandpaper
If there are still no improvements from previous wet-sanding process, try to re-do the procedure using a 600-grit sandpaper if necessary.
4. Repeat Processes from Previous Instructions
Steps 3-5 in dealing with minor scratches should be repeated in order to complete the process.