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Stainless Steel Restoration Services 101

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Stainless Steel Restoration Services 101  How to Repair Scratched Stainless Steel

Whether you can remove a scratch has much to do with how deep the scratch goes. Here are several ways to deal with this problem and restore your cookware, stainless steel appliances, countertops or sinks to their former glory.  

You have a shining, gleaming stainless steel and a kitchen that fairly sparkles. Then, it happens. Somehow there is an ugly scratch on the stainless steel refrigerator, oven, or dishwasher, and you can see it from across the room. It’s just about as obvious as a blemish on prom night. But you can restore your stainless steel appliances to their former beauty.          


Assess the damage. Determine if this is a deep scratch or a surface scratch, by running your finger across it. If you can actually feel the indentation, you have a deep scratch, gouge or ding. With clamps, carefully hold a small piece of dry ice over the gouged area. Hopefully,it will pop out, and not be as noticeable. Then you can treat it in the same way other scratched areas are treated in the steps below.        


Determine if the scratched appliance is “real” stainless steel or if it has a synthetic coating or finish. Damage to coated appliances is permanent.
These are all coated: Whirlpool – “Satina;” GE – “Clean Steel;” Amana – “Ultra Finish Steel;” Kitchenaid – Architect Series II, “Monochromatic Stainless;” Kenmore – “Ultra Satin;” Frigidaire – “Titanium;” Electrolux (all brands except “Classic,” “Icon” and “Electrolux”); Maytag – “Silver Ultra Finish,” “Satina Stainless Look,” “Monochromatic Stainless steel,” “Monochromatic Satina.”   

Also, coated stainless steel doesn’t smudge easily and is magnetic. You will only further damage the surface if you use a rubbing compound, or a product like Scratch-B-Gone, on a synthetic or clear-coated finish. If your appliance is coated, you cannot fix the damage.       


Identify the existing grain of the stainless steel. See which direction the tiny original brush lines go in the damaged area.         


Use an abrasive pad from the Scratch-B-Gone kit to repair scuffs, light scratches and even deep scratches. The kit has 4 different abrasive pads and instructions to tell you which one to use depending on the severity of the scratches and scuffs. Otherwise, go to an automotive shop and buy different fine grades of sandpaper.         


Apply a small amount of Ultra Shine from the Scratch-B-Gone kit onto the appropriate abrasive pad. Or use an automotive rubbing compound on the sandpaper.      


Begin rubbing the damaged area of the stainless steel in the direction of the grain covering over about a 5-inch area at a time. Slide the pad backward and forward increasing pressure as needed until you see the scratch is disappearing.        


Repeat this process until the scratch is removed and the surface is restored. For a deeper scratch, dry rub the area with the coarse pad, and wipe area off with a microfiber cloth to make sure the scratch is gone.      


Blend the metal surfaces by using the finest grade sandpaper or abrasive pad with the rubbing compound or Ultra Shine and gradually increase the area around the original damage to about three times the original scratched area. Be sure to go with the existing grain of the stainless steel so you don’t create crosshatching.
How to Shine Stainless Steel Appliances

How to Shine Stainless Steel Appliances

Bright, shiny stainless steel appliances can add a nice touch of class to a kitchen, but if they aren’t properly cared for, they will lose their lovely patina. With just few simple steps, you can keep those stainless steel appliances bright and shiny for many years to come     


Apply baby oil to the stainless steel appliance with a soft, dry cloth.     


Rub it on well, making sure all of the appliance has been coated with baby oil.   


Apply a stainless steel cleaner to the area with a soft cloth. Follow up with a stainless steel polish to bring back the shine.  


If the scratch is still there or if you can put your fingernail in the scratch, you may have to try fine grit sand paper. Sand the area and go outside the scratch by one or two inches as you did before, following grain of the metal.        


After sanding, use the coarse side of the finishing pad. Flip the pad over and use the fine side to help smooth the surface out.   


Follow up with using a stainless steel cleaner and apply with a soft cloth. Use a polish afterward to help restore the metal to its original shine.      
Do not use abrasive cleaners containing bleach or it could scratch the metal. Do not use abrasive cleaners containing bleach or it could scratch the metal. Use cleaners specifically designed for stainless steel or others such as white vinegar, Windex, club soda, rubbing alcohol or ammonia, which are safe and will not harm the surface. Just because a product is for stainless steel it still may be acidic or slightly abrasive and you should proceed with caution when using. Always use soft cloths to clean such as micro fiber to prevent scratches. You may have to consult a professional for very deep scratches or scuffs.      
Always use soft cloths to clean such as micro fiber to prevent scratches. You may have to consult a professional for very deep scratches or scuffs.   

How to Get Corrosion Off of Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel is a steel alloy that is incredibly resistant to rust and corrosion; it is commonly used in building or decoration. The visual beauty of stainless steel makes it a popular choice as a finish for home appliances. However, although stainless steel is incredibly resistant to wear, it is not indestructible. Proper care can prevent nearly all rust or corrosion, but in rare cases, your appliances can show wear. Luckily, it only takes a few steps to clean stainless steel.  

Things You’ll Need:

Soft cloth
Mild detergent
Stainless steel cleaner   

 Step 1

Wipe the appliance down with a wet rag to remove any debris, grease or oils from the surface.  

Step 2

Dry the appliance with a soft cloth or towel.  

Step 3

Apply a small amount of mild detergent such as dish soap to a wet rag, until the rag is sudsy. Wipe the appliance down, applying mild pressure.  

Step 4

Clean off any remaining soap from the appliance and dry.  

Step 5

 Apply stainless steel cleaner to your appliance, and buff with soft cloth. Rinse with wet cloth.  

Step 6

Dry the appliance one last time, making sure to leave no residue of water or cleaner on the appliance.  

How To Remove Rust From Stainless Steel

Though stainless does have incredible resistance to oxidation and corrosion there are still major factors that can lead to different types of corrosion. Corrosion of stainless can come from moisture from the ocean and air, humidity and temperature from weather, as well as the oils and skin secretions from people.

The best method to remove rust from stainless steel that we’ve found is to use Bull Frog Rust Remover. This rust remover will remove the rust and it has proven itself safe on the stainless steel finish.

To use Bull Frog Rust Remover on stainless steel, just apply the product to the rust stained surface. Let the rust remover work for half an hour, and then wash off with water. If the rust stain remains, repeat the process but leave the rust remover on for an hour.

Again, rinse off the rust remover.Using Bull Frog Rust Remover has advantages over traditional abrasive methods. First, this method is very quick to apply. Secondly, and most important, is the end result. Using abrasive methods can lead to a sanded looking finish on the rust stained area. Keeping the original finish on the stainless steel is important to the overall appearance of the stainless steel. (Source:

To prevent corrosion, all stainless steel should be kept cleaned and coated with a corrosion prevention coating. In salty and humid environments they should be washed more regularly as salt can accelerate the rusting process.

How to clean stainless steel

1. Water and a cloth. 

Routine cleaning can be accomplished by using warm water and a cloth. This is the least risky option for cleaning stainless steel. Dry with a towel or cloth to prevent water spots. Wipe in the directions of the polish lines.

 2. Mild detergent, (dish washing liquid) and cloth.   

For cleaning that needs more power, mild detergent and warm water can do a great job without damaging the stainless steel. Make sure you rinse the surface thoroughly to prevent staining and spotting. Towel dry to prevent water spots which can be caused by minerals in water.   

3. Glass cleaner for fingerprints.

Fingerprints are one of the biggest complaints about stainless steel, but can be taken care by using glass cleaner or household ammonia. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry. There are some newer types of finishes for stainless steel that resist fingerprints, a must if your pint-sized helpers leave their mark on your stainless steel appliances.   

4. Stainless Steel Cleaner

If you’ve had staining or scratching, or need to polish your stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option. Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. They also can polish stainless steel surfaces nicely. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry.  

Tips and Warnings

1. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

2. Keep stainless steel appliances clean, because dirty appliances will lose their shine very quickly. Wipe them often to remove kitchen grease, using a damp sponge or rag soaked in hot, soapy water. Dry the appliance thoroughlyt with a soft towel. Wipe against the grain and with the grain of the stainless steel

3. Remove fingerprints from stainless steel appliances with window cleaner, and wipe them dry.

4. For a quick shine, put some club soda in a spray bottle and lightly mist the stainless steel appliance. Follow up by drying the appliance with a soft cloth.

5. Never use bleach on stainless steel appliances. It will react with the steel and can cause staining.

6. Never use brushes or steel wool on stainless steel appliances. They can scratch the stainless steel and cause rust to form.

Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

How to Get Scratches Out of Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel appliances can be sharp and modern when they are gleaming, shiny and new. However, it can be easy to scratch up a stainless steel surface and this can take away from its luster. There are a few things that can be done to remove scratches from stainless steel. It just takes a few materials and a little effort to get your appliances back to their original state and shine.
1. Use the coarse side of a finishing pad on the scratch if it is minor. Be sure to follow the grain of the metal. Overlap the area by one or two inches on each side, which will help it to blend in with the surrounding metal. Flip the pad over and use the fine side of the pad to smooth out the area.

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Contracting and REO Renovation Tips 101

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Contracting and REO Renovation Tips 101

REO stands for real estate owned, and it refers to homes that have been foreclosed by mortgage lenders and are now owned by the financial institutions that foreclosed. Foreclosed homes may also be listed as “bank owned.”

REO homes are typically priced lower than prevailing market price, and sellers may offer incentives including favorable mortgage terms for financing the purchase of an REO home.

First time buyers REO properties provide first time home buyers an opportunity to buy a home and get an affordable mortgage. They may also qualify for state, county, and local home buyer funding and assistance.

Real Estate Investment In spite of today’s market fluctuations, licensed contractors and investors can buy a damaged REO property for pennies on the dollar, rehab it, and rent of sell it at a profit. “Flipping” is not recommended unless you’re experienced and knowledgeable about home renovation and local real estate markets.

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REO Bad News Foreclosed homes can be damaged by former owners, squatters, and vandals. They may be little more than shells, and can attract crime and vermin. Don’t buy an REO property you haven’t inspected.

Neighborhood BlightForeclosed homes may sit vacant and damaged for months. This invites further damage and can result in citations by city building departments and health agencies. Be prepared to start work on a damaged REO as soon as you buy it.

Negotiate with SellerBanks and mortgage companies are overloaded with REO homes. Feel free to negotiate with sellers; you may be pleasantly surprised.

Getting a MortgageMany lenders selling REO properties can also provide a purchase money mortgage. Ask about this when considering an REO property; you may receive very good terms on a fixed rate mortgage.

Bank Owned (REO) Buying Tips

Properties that have been taken back by the bank through the foreclosure process are known as “real estate owned” or REO. Buying these bank owned homes can result in some real cost savings, however, there are some different procedures and contractual terms that a buyer should understand. It is very important that a buyer work with a seasoned and experienced professional that understands the REO buying process.

Finding bank owned properties is best done through the multiple listing service (MLS). Banks generally list their properties with real estate brokers just like most Sellers. The bank wants to expose the property to as many potential buyers as possible, and this is best done through the MLS. Locating and making an offer on a property before it is listed is very difficult, and most banks will not entertain pre-list offers.


It is absolutely imperative that the buyer be pre-approved for a loan BEFORE, viewing available bank owned properties. Banks take into consideration when evaluating offers: the amount of any down payment, the type of loan and the borrowing strength of the buyer. Some banks may consider a lower purchase price if the buyer will be obtaining a loan through the same bank that currently owns the property. This is especially important when there are multiple buyers making offers on the same property. It is also important to be pre-approved so that as a buyer you’re only evaluating and considering homes that you could actually afford to purchase.

Making an offer on a REO begins with the same contract that a buyer would use when placing an offer on a regular house. In addition to the California Association of Realtors (CAR) Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA), almost every bank has their own set of addendums. Some banks prefer to have the terms all completed on their own forms when making the initial offer, while others prefer to evaluate the offer on the RPA only, and then provide the counter-offer terms on their addendum. Each bank is different on these procedures. Knowing how an individual bank works, and then proceeding along their desired system will increase the likelihood of your offers acceptance. Banks generally take longer to accept an offer than a normal seller. This is especially true when the home is priced low for the area and there are multiple offers. Buyers need to be patient, and understand that when there are numerous people bidding on the same house, that only one will “win”. Having the “Best” offer is not always the highest price. Knowing what the risks are to a bank is very important in a multi-offer property.


When your offer is accepted, the clock for your Due Diligence period starts ticking. Due Diligence is that period of time that the Buyer has to confirm that this is in fact the property he wants to buy. The banks enforce the timeframes very strictly, and most will only extend the time limits for a fee. The Buyer will have between 5 days and 21 days to complete all of the property inspections, review disclosure reports and confirm that their financing is in place. These dates are usually shorter than the time frames contained in the standard RPA. Banks have different time frames that they follow, so it is very important to understand them and make sure you complete each task on time. Working with a Realtor that knows the time limits is crucial to a successful closing. Most banks do NOT want to fix or repair the properties before they are sold. Be sure that the contracts are very clear about who will be paying for Termite inspection and repairs, or who will handle any of the Buyer’s Lender required repairs.


One of the biggest differences between a traditional sale and a REO purchase deals with the deposit. The Earnest Money Deposit is the initial money that is placed into escrow by the Buyer. It is intended to show that the Buyer is “serious” about buying the property. Under the standard RPA, the deposit is usually returned to the Buyer if the home does not close because of a financing or other problem that causes the Buyer to change their mind about closing on the home. When buying a bank owned home, the bank’ contract usually allows the bank to keep the deposit once the timeframes for the various contingencies pass per the contract addendum. It is absolutely critical for a Buyer to understand the timeframes, and for them to comply with the dates listed in the bank’s contract. The amount of deposit may also have an impact on the banks evaluation of multiple offers on the same house.


Escrow companies that are hired by larger banks with a lot of inventory are usually paid a lower than market fee. This has resulted in a low level of service from these escrows. Patience is a must when going through a REO purchase. Be ready to move very quickly when the bank asks you as the Buyer for paperwork or information. Also be prepared for the bank as the seller to take a long time with no real reason for them to get back to you with information or signatures. Remember that the bank is dealing in some cases with thousands of properties in the system, so responses from them can take some time. Be patient.


Once you close escrow, you get to move into your new house. Do not discuss in detail the GREAT deal you received with your new neighbors. Be courteous and realize that your “Great Deal” probably just lowered the value of your neighbor’s home. Make exterior repairs like front lawn and weed abatement as quick as you can after you move in. Be a good neighbor, and enjoy your HOME!

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