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Old 03-30-2018, 08:26 PM
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stainless steel dog bowls?!?


I bought an expensive dog bowl set from Basis Pet and it appears to be scratched up.

I was using a sponge and I am wondering if that did it or that it just accumulated the calcium but I don't know.

What can I do? It's ruined now? :-(

I'm really stressed out. I bought them because I want my dog to have clean bowls and now I don't trust using it.

I read about using scratch free pads like this:

Is that the only thing I can use? I also have a microfibre cloth. I should have used that?!?

I used white vinegar and baking soda plus the sponge pad after but maybe the sponge scratched it up (only the bottom area).

These are expensive but I don't want to use bowls made in India or China.

Can someone give me some advice? I'm so p----ed! :-( I wish I could find something local but made in the USA and just pick it up in store. As mad as I am, I am looking at buying another bowl from Basis Pet to see if it will be smooth when I bought it... I just washed it and put bottled water in it. I don't recall the surface on the bottom not being smooth.

I waited a long time for the delivery. Not a happy camper.
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Old 03-31-2018, 07:57 PM
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Can you post a picture of the damage?

I guess I'm confused about why it matters if the bowl is a little scratched up. If it's 100% stainless steel and you wash it regularly, it shouldn't matter too much from your dog's perspective. Is it the inside of the bowl, or on the outside? Can you give more details as to why this is a major issue? Stainless steel in general scratches fairly easily.

If this is a recent purchase, perhaps you could take it back to the store to see if they will replace it?
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I just looked up these bowls on the Basis Pet web site. Wow – those are some pretty pricey bowls! $28 for one large bowl?

The picture looks like it has a brushed finished. I think that the only thing that would surface clean it would be a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. But, I don’t know what’s in those things (they clean my tennis shoes WAY too easily) and I’m also a little paranoid when it comes to my dog’s food bowls, so I would toss the bowl into the dishwasher anyway.

I buy mine at restaurant supply houses. They have a shiny finish and are the same stainless steel composition as the Basis Pet bowls. I found a comparable large bowl on-line at about $1.50 each. If you want a non-sliding bottom, one of those would be about $4.50 each.

I feed raw, so my dogs get a fresh, dishwasher cleaned bowl every day. Restaurant supply houses will bulk sell in minimum lots of six for a unit discount.

I don’t like the flange design of the Basis Pet food bowl. That little rolled lip will collect water after dishwashing. You can find restaurant mixing bowls that do not have that lip.

The Basis Pet food bowls are made with 22 gauge stainless steel vs. the 26 gauge for the restaurant bowls, so they would be a little heavier for the exact same size bowl. And I couldn’t find if the restaurant mixing bowls are made in USA or not. But, given your dissatisfaction, I would send the bowls back and see if you could find a local restaurant supply house. They can provide you Country of Origin information and you would also be supporting a local business!

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The baking soda may have done it, or the pad unless it was starch free. I use scratch free scrubbers I get at Walmart called " dobie", but I use them on our pots and pans, and iron skillets. I feed raw and rarely use bowls.Water bowls I use are stainless, and I just rinse them and rub them out with my hand before refilling.

I'm also not sure why scratches are such a big deal, pretty sure they still work perfect, and the dog doesn't care.
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