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Got any Tips for Polishing up an Old Stainless Steel Kettle?

niki rothman Feb 8, 2007 10:30 AM

I was given a beautiful heavy stainless steel kettle as a wedding present (a very long time ago). It still works fine despite being forgotten, and then boiling until it's dry, and then sitting empty on a high flame about a million times. It's dark, dull, tarnished condition probably displaying more graphically than anything else my tendency to get distracted until I notice "...that burning smell"

I tried steel wool with a gritty cleanser and elbow grease, I tried Wright's silver polish, I even tried my magic trick that works wonders for instantly polishing tarnished silver - soaking in very hot water, salt and a sheet of aluminum foil. Nothing worked.

Surely some domestic chowhound has a great trick for polishing up stainless steel.


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    fauchon RE: niki rothman Feb 8, 2007 10:33 AM

    Try a good scrub with Barkeeper's Friend...Then polish with Sheila Shine (made esp for ss)...

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      niki rothman RE: fauchon Feb 8, 2007 10:39 AM

      Do these 2 products, to your knowledge, contain any polishing ingredients in addition to abrasive grit and some sort of detergent or bleach?

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      fauchon RE: niki rothman Feb 8, 2007 10:44 AM

      My understanding is that Sheila Shine was developed originally for the brightwork on yachts. My 20+ year old ss sink gleams!

      Here's the link:


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        fauchon RE: fauchon Feb 8, 2007 10:49 AM

        PS: Don't use this on the inside of your kettle....just to polish the outside...

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          niki rothman RE: fauchon Feb 8, 2007 10:59 AM

          Thank you so much. I'm definitely going to check out Sheila Shine!

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            fauchon RE: niki rothman Feb 8, 2007 11:01 AM

            I get it at my hardware store....marinas usually have it....and, of course, Amazon...

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