How to Remove a Stainless Steel Film Cover

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic scraper or credit card

  • Spray bottle

  • White vinegar

  • Paper towels

Some refrigerators are made from stainless steel.
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The term "stainless steel" refers to a group of metal alloys that each contain at least 10.5 percent chromium. Stainless steel is easy to clean and resistant to corrosion, making it a desirable material for appliances, pipes, cookware and tools. Stainless steel appliances often come from the store with a protective plastic film covering the surface, held in place by static electricity. Removing this film is one of the first things to do once you get your stainless steel item home.


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Step 1

Look for the edge of the protective film. This edge often will be aligned with the edge of the front face of the appliance. The edge also may have a tab designed for making removal easier.

Step 2

Insert the tip of a plastic scraper or a credit card between the edge of the film and the stainless steel. Don't scratch the stainless steel, but simply use the plastic to wedge the film away from the stainless steel surface.


Step 3

Grasp the section of the film that you raised off of the surface of the stainless steel.

Step 4

Pull the section of film away from the stainless steel. Pull downward if you are starting at the top of the product. Pull upward if you are starting at the bottom of the product.

Step 5

Spray the stainless steel with white vinegar and wipe it with a paper towel to remove any residue from the film.


Apply a drop or two of baby oil to the stainless steel if there are sections of the film that are hard to remove. Clean with the vinegar spray and paper towels afterward.