How to Clean Magnet Marks From Stainless Steel

Used on a variety of surfaces including appliances and countertops, stainless steel is durable but not immune to dust, dirt and grime. Even magnets can leave a mark on stainless-steel refrigerators, appliances and other surfaces. Dust and dirt collects under and around magnets, then, in turn, on the stainless-steel surface. To remove the buildup, use a substance that won't damage your stainless steel.

Remove magnet marks from stainless steel.

Step 1

Remove any magnets present on the stainless steel surface, if you haven't done so already. 

Step 2

Wipe the stainless steel surface lightly with a soft, non-abrasive cloth or rag to remove any loose dust and dirt from the surface. 

Step 3

Apply 2 tbsp.  of a stainless-steel cleaner/polish or a concentrated cleaner designed for stainless steel to a soft, non-abrasive cloth or rag.

Wear latex gloves to keep your hands dry. 

Step 4

Rub the magnet mark(s) lightly using the cleaner-soaked cloth or rag in the direction of the grain on the stainless-steel surface. 

Step 5

Reapply stainless steel cleaner/polish or a concentrated cleaner to the cloth or rag. 

Step 6

Continue rubbing the magnet mark(s) until all residue and marks are gone. 

Things You Will Need

  • 2 soft, non-abrasive cloths or rags
  • Stainless-steel cleaner/polish or concentrated cleaner designed for stainless steel
  • Latex gloves

About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.

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