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Remove mark from stainless fridge door?

by vestige / October 28, 2014 9:07 AM PDT

Hi everyone,

I'm housesitting for some friends with stainless appliances. They warned me not to open the fridge and oven doors at the same time because they were installed too close to each other. I forgot, though, and opened the fridge to add something to the oven.

Now there's now a dark mark about 1/4" wide on their Samsung RFG29PHDRS side-by-side. (I took a photo, but I don't think there's any way to post it here, is there?) The mark's darker than the rest of the door, so I can't tell if it's actually a scratch, or some kind of coloration that was transferred from the oven door. Have any ideas how I may be able to fix it? I'm reasonably handy. Thanks!

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Links abound about that .
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 28, 2014 9:14 AM PDT
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by vestige / October 28, 2014 2:17 PM PDT

Thanks—I'd seen most of those pages, but not all of them, and there are a few more methods I can try.

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If it is a burn mark.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / October 28, 2014 9:16 AM PDT

Get them a fridge magnet. Have you tried detergent?

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Ha ha!
by vestige / October 28, 2014 2:18 PM PDT
In reply to: If it is a burn mark.

gwrach923 > Get them a fridge magnet...

Ha ha! Yes, there's always that method, I guess... Maybe I can find one that says, "My friend dinged my fridge and all I got was this dumb magnet."

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Problem solved!
by vestige / October 29, 2014 8:35 PM PDT

Despite the general pessimism, I managed to remove the mark! First, I read as much info about stainless finishes as I could find. Then here's what I did:

1. Applied a small amount of cleaning powder for stainless-steel and copper pans to a wet Q-Tip.

2. Gently rubbed the mark with the Q-Tip, going only in the direction of the grain (pattern) of the steel's finish—that is, horizontally—till the mark disappeared.

3. Applied a very small amount of the powder (which is abrasive) to a soft, moist rag; then gently wiped along the grain over the general area where the mark was to smooth out the grain lines as much as possible. (This took the most time and patience.)

4. Used some stainless steel wipes from my supermarket's cleaning-supply department (the resemble baby wipes, but they're for steel) to clean the whole front of the fridge. Following the wipes' instructions, I used them only in the direction of the grain, too.

5. With a dry, soft rag, buffed the surface to remove the wipes' residue and leave a nice sheen.

Wow, what a relief. Of course it's much easier not to scrape the fridge in the first place—so that's my best advice. :?)

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