How to Remove Discoloration From Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a sturdy and reliable material commonly used in kitchen sinks, appliances and cookware. It is easy to care for and clean, but occasionally an unsightly discoloration develops. Many spots can be washed away with a mild detergent, but some are more stubborn. Scrubbing discolored areas with scouring pads or abrasive cleaner may cause irreparable scratches, but there are a number of safe methods to try if discoloration has marred the stainless steel in your home.

Avoid scrubbing stainless steel with scouring pads or abrasive cleaners.

Step 1

Pour club soda onto a terry cloth and scrub the discolored area.

Step 2

Cleanse the discolored stainless steel with a terry cloth soaked in white vinegar. This is especially effective at removing heat stains.

Step 3

Pour a bleach-free powdered cleanser and polisher onto a cloth and scrub over stubborn discolored spots until they are removed. Be sure the cleaner you choose contains no bleach, because this may cause permanent damage to stainless steel finishes.

Step 4

Wash the cleaner away with warm water and dishwashing detergent.

Annita Lawson

Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various Web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.