I’ve been doing some stainless steel restoration for a while now. Just bit and pieces when I’ve seen a problem that I can sort out when I’ve been cleaning something else. For example I was cleaning a Britannia Range and noticed that the stainless steel splashback above it was scratched to hell. So I removed them all. The client was pleased but wasn’t super excited like I would have expected. I got the feeling that she may have just got used to her ‘scratched to hell’ splashback and really couldn’t remember what it looked like. But the end result was like a new splashback. I’ve done a few range hobs and I’ve done a couple of sinks and a couple fronts of ovens. I made a dramatic difference to one in our training kitchen; I had previous been using it to show how easily you can scratch stainless steel if you use the wrong techniques and had scratched it very badly. I managed to remove all the scratches and it looked pretty good afterwards. Today I did my first paid job for removing a large scratch on a splash back, see pictures. I charged £70 as I thought it would take up to an hour depending on how badly scratched it was.The end result was okay, the customer was happy with it, but I think if I had some extra heads for my tool I would have made a better job of getting the grain right on the brush marks. As the scratch was a big one, and deeper than I was expecting, I had to use the extra coarse head to remove it and then finished it off with the finer one. So my process can be refined. In all I think there is a market for Stainless steel restoration in the UK, I can remember rejecting an American size stainless steel fridge freezer once because it was scratched in transit. Scratches must be costly to resellers and without, from what I can see, a service to remove them what do they do?
Graham Rogers Started OvenGleamers as one man in a van in Taunton in 2004. The business grew to a five van operation by 2007. OvenGleamers first franchisee started in October 2010. OvenGleamers Became An Associate Member of British Franchise Association in 2012. Now growing National OvenGleamers Network. OvenGleamers are AGA and Big Cooker Cleaning Specialists. Graham writes on this blog and films videos and has a podcast.