Stainless steel is one of the most often utilized materials in kitchen appliance manufacturing. It is now on sinks, refrigerators, cooktops, and range hoods. Stainless steel is popular among homeowners because it is strong, durable, and attractive.
However, it is still vulnerable to scratches. Many people question what to do with ugly scratches on stainless steel range hoods.
In this article, we will cover how to prevent and remove scratches from your stainless steel range hood to keep it looking its best for years to come.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated on September 17, 2021, to include additional information regarding stainless steel scratch removal.
What tools will I need?
The first step is to gather all the tools and supplies required for this simple but vital task. You don’t want to keep running to the market for tools. The job will be easier and faster if you have all the tools you require.
You will need
- Stainless steel polish for finishing
- Sandpaper for deeper grits
- non-abrasive commercial cleanser liquid or powder
- two clean soft microfiber pieces of cloth
1. Verify if the hood is coated
A coated surface cannot be cleaned of scratches. so verify if the range hood’s surface is coated or not.
2. Clean the Range Hood
Make sure the hood is clean before attempting to remove scratches. Scratches will be difficult to remove with grease on the surface.
Clean the hood using a soft microfiber cloth and either white vinegar or lemon water o r use warm soapy water. Either works. A microfiber cloth is required. Using a regular or rough cloth may exacerbate the scratches.
3. Handling Small Scratches
Clean the scratched surface of the range hood with a non-abrasive cleanser. You can get liquid cleansers for most stainless steel appliances at your local hardware store or grocery store.
Spread the liquid evenly with the soft microfiber cloth. Use a small area to test the cleanser solutions before using them over the whole panel.
Scrub the cleaner in the direction of the grain. Then wipe the range hood with a moist towel. If scratches remain, repeat the process.
4. Deep Scratches
Wet the scratched surface of the range hood using a wet microfiber towel. Then scrub the surface with wet sandpaper just in one direction. To remove deeper scratches, use a coarser grain sandpaper. After cleaning the range hood, wipe it off with a moist towel.
Apply a thin layer of vegetable oil and spread it evenly with a damp microfiber cloth.
Dos and Don’ts Cleaning a Range Hood Scratches
Scrub the cleaner liquids just in the grain direction. A different approach would just aggravate the scuffs. Sand deep scratches solely in the grain direction.
Scrubbing the surface will cause further scratches. Granules are easily seen on the surface.
It’s a good idea to deal with scratches as soon as you notice them.
Using the simple techniques above, you may now clean and shine your range hood like new. You should always consult your manufacturer for assistance if you are not a handy person.