Maintenance of Stainless Steel Surfaces

Stainless steel is not as stainless as it sounds, nor is it 100 percent free from corrosion so we should take care of it. The only way surfaces made of this materials will remain resistant to corrosion is If we keep it clean in the presence of oxygen.

The ‘stainless’ in ‘stainless steel’ implies to the ability of stainless steel being resistant to stain, rusting and pitting, but like any other architectural metals you find at Architectural Metal Suppliers, stainless steel will degrade. However, surfaces made of stainless steel shines the best and performs the best when they are clean a well taken care of. Cleanliness is what determines the ability of your surface to resist corrosion.

Stainless steel is an alloy of iron that has 10% chromium. It resists stains but it may dull or show oily fingerprints. Steel is naturally hard and is used to make table wares, sinks, counter tops, staircases, lifts and small appliances. When making such, a little chromium found in the alloy is used to create an oxide coating on the surface. When this coating is removed or tampered with through wear or corrosion, the steel below will rust as regular steel does.

However, steel can form its own anti-corrosive coating but this nature can only be possible when the steel is clean and free from contamination. Washing with fresh-water and a mild cleaner will maintain its brightness. You can clean stainless steel surfaces using in the following ways:

Rub olive oil on the surface to get rid of streaks.

Use vinegar to polish stainless steel.

Rub using club soda to remove streaks.

These tips will be helpful too…

Any cleaner that works on glass will also work for stainless steel

Remove the spots of rusts as soon as they occur. Use silver, brass, or chrome cleaner.

Don’t use course abrasives like steel wool on stainless steel since they encourage rusting.

Avoid using bleaches and acids

Don’t live steel in contact with steel, iron or other metals