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Stainless Steel Care Guide

Stain-less not Stain-free

Stainless Steel products have an excellent life-span if they are taken care of correctly. The easy cleaning ability of stainless steel makes it the first choice for strict hygiene conditions, such as hospitals, kitchens and food processing plants. Our marine-grade (316) stainless steel is ideal for external applications, due to its enhanced corrosion-resistant properties.

We stock various cleaning products and materials to keep your stainless steel looking its best.

Regular Cleaning

  1. Wash down the surface regularly using water containing soap or mild detergents.
  2. Always rinse the surface with clean water.
  3. A thorough cleaning operation can be completed by polishing the surface with a soft dry cloth.

Cleaning Aids

Always avoid using coarse abrasive materials such as harsh scouring pads, wire wool, etc., which can scratch the stainless steel surface. In addition, metal particles left on the surface can quickly turn to rust and leave rust stains on the stainless steel. Use brushes and scrubbers which utilise mild or soft bristles such as nylon (or similar).

Removing Stains or Grease

A soft cloth and a mild abrasive cleaner can be used to remove stains or grease. Following cleaning a stainless steel polish can be used to restore shine and provide additional protection.

Causes of Staining

Surface contamination and the formation of deposits must be prevented. Industrial and even naturally occurring atmospheric conditions can produce deposits which can be equally corrosive, e.g. salt deposits from marine conditions, pollutants from the atmosphere, etc.

Strong acid solutions are sometimes used to clean masonry and tiling of buildings but these should never be permitted to come into contact with metals, including stainless steel.

Bleach-based cleaners should be avoided! Most common bleaches, toilet cleaners, photographic development liquids, acids, concentrated disinfectants, chlorine (often present as hyphochlorate) and strong alkalis, e.g. caustic soda, can lead to pitting of the stainless steel surface. If any of these solutions do come into contact with the surface they should be thoroughly rinsed off with water.

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