STAINLESS STEEL RESTORATION

Stainless steel, like most surfaces, can show it’s age over time. Let us share a few tips on how to restore this strong and sleek material to it’s full glory.


We have a secret to share with you…come close…we love anything and everything vintage. Which is why we were on cloud nine when we located a set of beautiful stainless steel kitchen canisters from the 1950s. While they were free of any dents or other damage (which can be rare with older vintage finds), they definitely needed a little TLC to restore them to their full potential.

You’ll always want to begin by making sure you’re working with a clean surface. Using a little dish detergent and a sponge or soft dishcloth, remove any residue on your stainless steel. A paste of baking soda and warm water can be used for any hard-to-remove funk. Once your surface is clean, give it a quick rinse or a rub down with a clean cloth. Pat it dry with a towel and you’re ready for the next step.

We like to follow this with some Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser (which you can find here). To use it, sprinkle a light coating of the cleanser across the surface and use a damp dishcloth to lightly rub in a circular motion. Based on how much wear your stainless steel has, this may take a little bit of both time and elbow grease. After a minute to so, rinse the cleanser off and pat dry with a clean towel. If you think you might want to give your stainless steel a second rub down with the cleanser, feel free to do so. You’ll just repeat the process again. Once you’re pleased with how the surface looks, use a clean dishcloth to buff the surface to a shine.

This same process can be used for many different types of stainless steel. However, we do suggest you test a small section of whatever you’re looking to restore prior to going all in if you’re the least bit skeptical. As we like to say…better safe than sorry.

We followed the above steps and are happy to report that our vintage kitchen canisters were restored to their 1950s glory. It just goes to show that with a little love, even the most antique-looking stainless steel pieces can be picture perfect.

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: Antique stores can be a treasure trove for stainless steel finds. Just because it looks a little worse for wear doesn’t mean that it can’t be restored.