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Nov 14, 2012 07:21 AM

Brushing Polished Stainless Steel Cookware

Have any of you had polished stainless cookware brushed? And if so, did you do it yourself?

As long as my stuff is well maintained, I don't mind it looking "experienced", but polished stainless looks unkempt and smudgy if not meticulously maintained and it just about drives me crazy. Actually, it gets smudgy even if meticulously maintained.

This would primarily be for my daily use clad. I have a few limited use pieces that will definitely remain polished.

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  1. I understand where you are coming. I have a polished stainless steel pot, and in time, it simply get scratched more and more. The first scratch is the more annoying. A brush/stain finish is better in this regard. To be honest, I just don't care about it anymore. So I am technically letting it get "brushed" simply as time goes on. I would say, just don't pay attention, and it will work itself out. Good luck.

    P.S.: It is kind of like my car. When my brand new car got its very first tiny little scratch (which no one can see more than 2 feet away), it annoyed me. Now, I just don't care.

    1. I like using barkeepers friend when I clean it, haven't noticed them looking to smudgy. I may not be paying enough attention though!

      1. I put my stainless in the dishwasher. Every so often I go over it with some sort of cleaner, which usually puts minute scratches in it, but over all makes it look better. I've never thought of my stainless cookware as unkempt or smudgy though. Is your water very hard, perhaps?