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Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel means exactly that – “Stain less”, rather than “no stain steel”.

The attractive and hygienic surface appearance of stainless steel products cannot be regarded as completely maintenance free. All grades and finishes of stainless steel may in fact stain, discolour or attain an adhering layer of grime in normal service.

Please find below solving matrix which help you keep your handles looking as good as the day they were installed.


Cleaning Intervals:

EnvironmentDescriptionCleaning Intervals
MildMore than 10Km from beachfrontEvery 3 months
Moderate5 – 10Km from beachfrontEvery month
Marine / Coastal500m to 5Km from beachfrontEvery week
Severe Marine / CoastalWithin 500m of beachfrontEvery 3 days


Notes:

  1. Beachfront refers to breaking surf airborne moisture.
  2. Fresh water lakes are not considered high risk areas.
  3. Heavy industrial areas can be considered marine environments.
  4. The recommended maintenance intervals provided here are for general guidance.
  5. Local environment conditions may vary.


ProblemCleaning AgentComments
Routine cleaning – All finishes.Soap and mild detergent and water. (preferably warm).Sponge, rinse with clean water, wipe dry if necessary. Follow polish lines.
Fingerprints – All finishes.Soap and warm water or organic solvent (acetone, alcohol, methylated spirits).Sponge, rinse with clean water, wipe dry if necessary. Follow polish lines.
Stubborn stains and discolouration.Mild cleaning solutions. Ensure any proprietary cleaners state compatibility with stainless steel. Phosphoric acid cleaners may also be effective.Use rag, sponge or fiber brush (soft nylon or natural bristle. An old toothbrush can be useful). Rinse well with clean water and wipe dry.
Lime deposits from hard water.Solution of one part vinegar to three parts water.Soak in solution then brush to loosen. Rinse well with clean water.
Oil or grease marks.Organic solvents (acetone, alcohol, methylated spirits, and propriety safety solvents) Baked-on grease can be softened beforehand with ammonia.Clean after with soap and water, rinse with clean water and dry. Follow polish lines.
Rust and other corrosive products. Embedded or adhering free iron.Very light rust stains can be removed with 10% nitric acid.Wear proper protective equipment as appropriate. Afterwards rinse well with clean water. Mix in acid proof container, and be very careful with the acid.
Scratches on polished (satin or brushed) finish.Slight scratches – use impregnated nylon pads. Polish with polishing wheel dressed with iron-free abrasives for deeper scratches. Follow polish lines. Then clean with soap or detergent as for routine cleaning.Do not use ordinary steel wool – iron particles can become embedded in stainless steel and cause further surface problems. Stainless steel and scotchbrite scouring pads are satisfactory.

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