First off, you aren't getting rid of the scratch marks. Not sure why you used an abrasive, when stainless steel spray cleaner is available and it works very well. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Weiman-22-oz-Stainless-Steel-Cleaner-Trigger-108/205307075
You mean Scotchbrite pad with green on one side and yellow on the other side? That is plastic --- I can't see how that would put a real scratch into stainless steel.I tried hot soapy water with a sponge (with the green abrasive thing on the back)
so that did nothing, except put scratches into what I was trying to clean..
You mean Scotchbrite pad with green on one side and yellow on the other side? That is plastic --- I can't see how that would put a real scratch into stainless steel.
Maybe try "Comet Cleanser with Bleach". Works very well on my stainless steel sink. Pretty powerful stuff, and its thick enough that you can leave it on a vertical surface for a few minutes to soften the gunk.
Goo gone type product for the icky.
Soap , water and very soft scubbie* for the regular dirts.
Windex and lots of paper tiles for the shine.
*Scrubbing pads are color coded for coarseness. Learn the color codes for the brand you are using and use a soft one or just a sponge.
In the food srvice industry real stainless steel is often cleaned with comet. The softer, polished, residential stuff can not handle such an agressive cleaning.
Try Bon Ami or Bar Keepers Friend, both are very gentle powdered cleansers. BKF is also available in a liquid. Just make sure you shake it thoroughly.
Put it on a damp sponge and polish WITH the grain. Keep it damp and wipe it off with a microfiber towel to see how it is coming.
Vinegar will remove the hard water spots as others mentioned, same with Goo Gone for the icky stuff. You just need to figure out where it is coming from if it keeps appearing.
The best remedy is to keep it clean. Get a spray cleaner for stainless and a microfiber towel. The one @chandler48 recommended is a great one. But there are others. In a pinch, use a window cleaner with Vinegar, but not ammonia. Or make your own.
Get a 16 oz spray bottle, put in a teaspoon of Dawn to acts as a surfactant, fill with 4 oz of distilled white vinegar and the rest with distilled water. Shake till well mixed and try it out. Adjust the vinegar and Dawn amounts to suit your needs.
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