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How To Remove Scratches From A Microwave Door

  • Zak 
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You would just assume that with the hefty price tag that accompanies most appliances, they would be more resilient to scratches and marks. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Whether your appliances have a stainless steel finish or are spray painted, they can be scratched. It’s not frugal to replace a perfectly functional microwave just because of aesthetic flaws. So, today’s article is going to provide step-by-step instructions on how to remove scratches from a microwave door.

For this tutorial, you will need the following to remove scratches from a microwave door:

  1. Toothpaste
  2. Mild detergent or soap
  3. Baking soda (optional)
  4. Metal or Glasstop polish (optional)
  5. Microfiber cloth
  6. Cotton swabs or wool
  7. Glass cleaner
  8. Fine-grit sand paper (optional)

Depending on the extent of the scratches, you may need to use some or all of the cleaning solutions listed above. But, before you proceed, always spot test before you apply anything to a surface to determine whether it is conducive to cleaning or repairing.

What Causes Scratches On A Microwave?

remove scratches from a microwave door

Here’s a list of the most common causes of scratches on a microwave:

1. Wear and tear

With use, some wear and tear is unavoidable. 

There are things you could do to minimize the effects of long term usage, but accidents do occur and scratches do appear more frequently than other forms of wear and tear.

2. Harsh chemicals

The use of harsh or strong chemicals that are not compatible with the surface of the microwave can strip away the finish and cause scratches on the surface.

It is always advisable to opt for a mild detergent or cleaner that is suitable for most appliances and surfaces.

3. Abrasive materials

When cleaning, it may be tempting to opt for strong and abrasive materials like steel wool, hard bristle brushes, and rough sponges, but they have the ability to cause damage to surfaces.

This is probably one of the many causes of scratches on a microwave door.

4. Pets or children

In a home with pets and children, scratches are unavoidable.

They’re not really aware of their strength or the damage they can cause by haphazardly handling appliances.

5. Sharp objects

While carrying or transporting things to and from the kitchen, it’s possible that items with a sharp corner, sharp frame, or sharp object can bang against the microwave door and scratch the surface.

Accidental impact against the microwave door is something that is bound to happen at some point or another, unfortunately.

6. Poor placement

If the microwave is placed in a position where the door can brush up against or slam against another surface or object, it will result in dents and scratches over time.

Adequate space should be allocated for the microwave door to open fully.

In general, there are things you can do to mitigate the risk of your microwave door being scratched through usage and accidents if you take all these potential causes into consideration.

Some homeowners prefer to protect their appliances by applying a clear protective sheet or covering over the doors, and this proves to be effective for long term use.

At the same time, regular cleaning and maintenance will always reign supreme in the preservation of the appearance of all appliances.

Step-by-Step Instructions On Removing Scratches From A Microwave

Step 1: Clean the microwave door

To clean the surface of the microwave door thoroughly, start by using detergent or soap to create a solution with water.

Mix and apply the mixture to the microwave door, and wipe the surface with a microfiber cloth using a circular motion without applying too much pressure or force.

Afterwards, clean the microwave door with fresh and clean water before drying with another microfiber cloth.

At this point, assess the extent of the scratches so that you can observe whether they’re lightening or smoothing out with the mixtures covered below.

Step 2: Prepare the baking soda mixture 

Skip this step if you aren’t using baking soda to remove scratches from the microwave. 

Otherwise, mix baking soda with water until it reaches the consistency of a paste.

Generally, you would mix two parts baking soda with one part water, which can be applied directly to scratches.

Once you’ve gently massaged the baking soda mixture over the scratches, allow it to sit for a few minutes.

Thereafter, use a clean microfiber cloth to buff out the scratches using a circular motion again until all the baking soda has been removed.

Step 3: Use toothpaste

It’s become well known that the cleaning and stain removing properties of toothpaste can be effective at cleaning discolored or scratched surfaces.

Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and apply a small amount to the scratches.

Using a microfiber cloth or cotton swab, buff the scratches gently in a circular motion for about 5 minutes.

You can increase the pressure gradually as you work, but not excessively. You may need to repeat this step two to three times before you get the best results.

Step 4: Use Sandpaper For Stainless Steel

This step only applies to stainless steel surfaces because they can be sanded down lightly without really needing to be refinished.

If you were to sand down a microwave door that has been painted or is made from weaker material, it may cause more damage.

Using a fine-grit sandpaper, apply some water to the microwave door or to the sandpaper and gently sand the door in the direction of the grain.

Be very gentle and cautious when using this approach.

After a few strokes, you should notice that the scratches have either diminished significantly or disappeared completely.

Then, wipe the surface dry using a microfiber cloth and examine the finish.

Step 5: Polish

Whether you use baking soda, toothpaste, or sandpaper, it is always recommended to apply a metal or glass top polish to further enhance the appearance of the microwave door.

Follow the instructions on the label of the product you are using for the best results. But first, make sure to clean the microwave again using a damn cloth.

Allow it to dry before applying the polish. When polishing, be gentle and work it into the microwave door evenly.

Once complete, wipe off any residue with a clean cloth.

Final Thoughts

By following this guide, I’m certain that you will significantly reduce or completely eliminate the appearance of scratches on a microwave door.

If all else fails, contact a professional and find out if they can refinish the door for you or find a replacement if it makes financial sense.

There’s no point in spending 70% of what it would cost to buy a new microwave to replace or refinish a microwave door.

But, with regular cleaning and maintenance, you can preserve the pristine condition of your appliances for a long time.

With that being said, I hope you found this article on how to remove scratches from a microwave door to be helpful and easy to follow. Be sure to check out some of our other helpful articles linked below.

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