I just tested 6 ways people online said that you can remove scratches on plates and dishes. A few worked. But there was ONE CLEAR WINNER!
How To Remove Scratches On Plates And Dishes
How annoying are those black or gray scratches on plates and dishes??? I’m not a fan. And for years, I never actually realized that you could get rid of them. I just assumed they were permanent.
But they’re NOT, guys! I just tested 6 ways to clean scratches off dishes and plates. And, I’m happy to say, I found an easy fix for silverware plate scratches.
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So, let’s get to those tests and everything you need to know to get started.
Table of contents
- How To Remove Scratches On Plates And Dishes
- How To Remove Scratches On Dishes (Video Steps)
- Ways To Get Rid Of Scratches On Dishes And Plates
- How Do You Get GREY Scratches Out Of Dishes?
- How Do You Get Scratches Out Of Stoneware Plates?
- How Do You Remove Scratches From Silverware Plates?
Let’s get to that list of ways to remove black scratches on plates
How To Remove Scratches On Dishes (Video Steps)
Want to see how I tested these methods? Watch this video for a look at all 6 ways I tested to get rid of scratches on dishes and plates. Scroll down to see the written list and tips.
Ways To Get Rid Of Scratches On Dishes And Plates
After checking multiple recommendations online, I picked these 6 options to test on the black scratches on my plates.
For ALL 6 of these tests I used a Scotch-Brite Non Scratch Scrubbing Pad, rinsed between each test.
1. Baking Soda
For the Baking Soda test, I sprinkled a couple tablespoons of baking soda on a damp non-scratch pad. Then I scrubbed the black scratches on a plate for about 1 1/2 minutes.
But, I was really putting a lot of effort into the scrub. I was pretty disappointed by the results with this one. I would say that it reduced the darkness of the scratches by only 50%.
After this test, I wouldn’t recommend Baking Soda as a good way to remove black scratches on plates.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide
Next up is Hydrogen Peroxide. It’s great for cleaning grout and even oil stains on fabric. So, I thought it might work on silverware scratches on plates too.
For this test I put a paper towel over the plate, then soaked the paper towel in Hydrogen Peroxide. The paper towel keeps the whole plate wet, instead of all of the liquid pooling in the middle.
After letting it soak for 10 minutes, I peeled off the paper towel and scrubbed with my non-scratch pad again. After a couple minutes of scrubbing there was ZERO change. All of the scratches were still there.
So, hydrogen peroxide can’t get rid of scratches on plates and dishes.
Test number 3 is Distilled White Vinegar (5% Acidity). This is the normal vinegar you can find in grocery stores. Again, vinegar is great for cleaning many things, including hard water stains on glass.
I hoped vinegar could work on plate scratches too. For this test, I placed a paper towel over the plate then poured on enough vinegar to soak the paper towel. Then I let that sit for 10 minutes.
When the 10 minutes was up, I removed the towel and started scrubbing with the non-scratch pad. After 2 minutes of scrubbing, there wasn’t really any reduction in the dark gray scratches on the plates.
Again, I wouldn’t recommend this as a great option.
4. Vinegar & Baking Soda
Next up, I used the plate covered in vinegar, that I just scrubbed, and added a couple tablespoons of Baking Soda. Then I scrubbed that mixture.
And, after a couple minutes of scrubbing, there was a 50% reduction in the scratches. But, there was a 50% reduction in just baking soda alone. So, it was probably just the Baking Soda that had any effect.
Again, I wasn’t loving this option for cleaning scratches on plates and dishes.
5. Lemon & Salt
For this test, I cut a lemon in half and sprinkled a bunch of salt on a plate. Then I used that lemon to scrub the scratches. But, after about 30 seconds, I realized the salt was probably just pushed inside the lemon.
So, it wasn’t giving me any scrubbing power. Then, I squeezed out the lemon on the plate, added more salt, and started scrubbing with the scrubbing pad.
After a couple minutes, not much had changed again. I’m calling this test a fail too.
6. Bar Keepers Friend
Then I grabbed my Bar Keepers Friend for the next test. I sprinkled about 2 tablespoons onto a plate, then scrubbed at it with a damp, non-scratch pad. And, I’m happy to report it worked!!
After about 1 minutes worth of scrubbing the scratches were GONE. I couldn’t believe how fantastically Bar Keepers Friend worked on silverware scratches.
In fact, it was so fantastic, I used it to clean all of the plates from the previous tests. And, it 100% removed the scratches on those plates too! This is now my GO TO for silverware plate scratches.
Looking for a good scrubbing pad for this cleaning project? I used a Scotch-Brite Non Scratch Scrubbing Pad.
How Do You Get GREY Scratches Out Of Dishes?
After testing 6 different ways to get grey scratches out of dishes, Bar Keepers Friend worked the best for me. It managed to remove over 99% of all visible grey scratches on my dishes.
Just use a damp scrubbing pad and a sprinkle of Bar Keepers Friend to lightly scrub the silverware scratches off plates and dishes. Then wash as usual, before using.
How Do You Get Scratches Out Of Stoneware Plates?
The best way to get scratches out of stoneware plates is with Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser. Pour some of the powder on a scratched plate, then scrub the scratches off with a damp, non-scratch scrubbing pad.
Once you’ve removed the scratches on stoneware plates and dishes, wash them with dish soap and water before using them again. It’s a quick and easy fix.
How Do You Remove Scratches From Silverware Plates?
You can remove silverware scratches on plates and dishes with Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser. After testing 6 options, Bar Keepers Friend was easily the best at removing scratches from silverware on plates.
Use a healthy sprinkle of Bar Keepers Friend on your scratched plate, then scrub the silverware scratches with a damp scrubbing sponge. You can see how I do this in the video above.
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