How to Remove Scratches from Your Stainless Steel Sink

stainless steel sink and faucet
  • 2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-50
What You'll Need
Mild dish soap
Stainless steel cleaner

Stainless steel sinks tend to take a beating in the kitchen. The sink is the place that collects the dirt, the dirty dishes, and the silverware. It is subjected to hot food, hot liquids and cold food or liquids. From time to time, an occasional slip may cause a pot and pan to fall right into the kitchen sink surface. With all the wear and tear, your stainless steel sink is sure to get a scratch or two. Here is what you should do to deal with those scratches.

Step 1 - Rinse and Clean

First, rinse your stainless steel sink with a good amount of warm water. Then, fill the stainless steel sink with warm soapy water. Add in a soft cloth and wash the sink thoroughly, scrubbing any areas that have been subjected to grime and dirt. Then, pull out the stopper and empty the sink tub. Run the water from the tap and rinse the tub completely. Use your soft cloth or pull out a fresh sponge to work on any areas that were missed with the warm soapy water.

Step 2 - Dry Sink

stainless steel double sink

Dry the sink completely using a soft towel. Use a towel that will not leave or drop any lint particles into the basin of the stainless steel sink.

Step 3 - Light Things Up

Make sure your kitchen is well lit. If the area over your sink is dark and dull, bring in a table lamp from your living room and remove the shade. This will give you a well lit area to work with. It will help you identify all of the little scratches in your stainless steel sink.

Step 4 - Apply Stainless Steel Cleaner

Next, apply a small amount of stainless steel cleaner to your sponge. Choose a lightly abrasive sponge. You can use any product that is found in your local grocery store or home improvement center. Make sure it has been rated as a stainless steel cleaner. Work the cream or the liquid cleaner into the scratches on your stainless steel sink. Use your sponge so that you are working with the grain of your sink, rather than against the grain. As you apply the solution, periodically wipe the surface clean and rinse it with water. Towel dry well. Check to see that the scratch is beginning to fade or disappear. You can stop this process as soon as you are visually satisfied with the results.

Step 5 - Wash and Dry the Sink

cleaning a stainless steel sink

After you have completed fixing the scratches in your stainless steel sink, wash the tub thoroughly with a small amount of warm soapy water. Use a new sponge (non-abrasive) and clean it well. Dry the sink surface completely using a new soft towel.


  • When washing the stainless steel sink, always wash along the grain of the stainless steel
  • When drying the stainless steel sink, always use the towel with the grain