Appliances get dents, they break down even. So, it’s always a good idea to have some appliance knowledge under your belt so you can find solutions to these issues yourself. Now it’s the time to learn about getting dents out of one of the most used styles of appliances out there, stainless steel.
Dent or no dents stainless steel appliances are a top choice for many homeowners. They offer a sleek modern look that can really compliment your home’s interior decor. Stainless steel appliances are also mostly easy to pair with other styles and keep clean. So, when considering what to get for your next appliances consider going for stainless steel.
Let’s take a look at what you can do when you dent your stainless steel appliances.
Go hot and cold
Stainless steel appliances are made of metal, so they respond to heat and cold the same way. You can take advantage of the expansion and contraction that happens with temperature changes to disappear or lessen your dent. Here’s what you should try:
- Apply heat to the dented area, you can use a heater, heat gun, or hairdryer. Leave it in the area you want to move for several minutes. Remember to spread the heat evenly so the whole area gets hot.
- The heat alone causes the metal to expand and it can be enough to push the dent back into its original form.
- If that doesn’t work then you bring in the cold. Applying something very cold immediately following the heat can cause the dent to move. For colds, you can use canned air or dry ice. Hold it there for a few minutes as well. Make sure to use gloves when handling all cold and hot sources for safety.
Appliance repairs are serious stuff so only do what you are comfortable with and keep an eye on safety measures like unplugging appliances, wearing the right gear, and using the right tool.
Push it back
This one is the easiest and most logical to try. Locate the center of your dent and place pressure on the same spot on the opposite side of the dent. So if the dent is on the outside of the fridge door you open the door and press from the inside side of it.
Pro tip: Use heat to help you here too. If the dent or material is too hard, carefully pour hot water on it first. Be careful when handling it after.
Special dent tools
If you feel like your dent requires some more specialized tools you can always get a dent tool kit from the hardware store. They sell them in various sizes and for specific uses as well. They usually come with an instruction manual. Here are the basics of it:
Place the dent removing tool on top of the dent and pull, or lever the dent out. Depending on model instruction
Pro tip: These work better on smaller dents and you should avoid the glue-on kind since it could damage your stainless steel appliance’s cover.
Pro tip 2: Before getting a dent remover you can always try the same process with a plain plunger.