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How to clean and maintain stainless steel

Please be aware, that any cleaning detergent or solution that contains chlorine will cause corrosion on all stainless steel products regardless of the grade of stainless steel.

STAINLESS STEEL CLEANING METHODS

Maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of your Stainless Steel product is very simple and will ensure the product not only looks great but retains the strength and longevity that stainless steel is famous for, as well as ensuring it remains rust and corrosion free.

Note that try your best to polish or brush with the grain. A highly recommended cloth is a 3M scotch brite.

1) Day to Day Cleaning

Plenty of water, mild detergent and cloth or soft brush (no bleach). Make sure you rinse with clean water and wipe the surface dry.

2) Deep Clean

Use methylated spirits or turpentine, then rinse with clean water and dry. Follow up with light rub of olive oil and polish with soft cloth.

3) Tea and Coffee Stains

Soak the affected area with boiling water and baking powder. Then rinse with fresh water and dry.

4) Rust Marks

Recommended to use a proprietary stainless steel cleaner, such as a phosphoric acid solution (please handle with care), ensure you then rinse with clean water and dry.

5) Limescale

Soak in boiling water with 25% vinegar solution, rinse well with baking powder solution and then rinse with clean water.

6) Paint

Paint stripper or turpentine, with nylon brush. Rinse well with fresh water and dry.

DON’T…

Do not use steel wool brushes or scourers as these will rub into the stainless surface and
rust, causing the stainless steel to corrode. Do not use scourers which have been used on ordinary steel as these will also leave fragments. Don’t scrub against the grain of the steel.
Do not use concentrated bleach, hydrochloric acid or any cleaning chemical that has Chlorine.