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Maintenance of Stainless Steel Products

Stainless steel is well known for its outstanding abilities of corrosion resistance and shining appearance. The shining appearance of stainless steel products often leads to the misunderstanding of maintenance free. In fact, stainless steel could still stain and discolor if used incorrectly.

In order to maintain your stainless steel products, a few things need to be done:

  • Make sure stainless steel products are installed correctly;
  • Make sure correct types of stainless steel products are used for the right work environments;
  • Maintain stainless steel products regularly: keep surfaces clean.

Maintenance during Installation

In most cases, only a general cleaning is required at installation. However, deposits or contaminations may exist if the stainless steel products have been stored away for a long time before installation. If so, more attention needs be paid to clean them more thoroughly before installation. In addition, an extremely strict cleaning work may be required for aerospace, pharmaceutical and food applications.

Two conditions can dramatically shorten the lifetime of a stainless steel product. One is deposit, the other one is surface contamination. Deposits are usually caused by specific atmospheric conditions such as sea salt (Salt is a common deposit when stainless steel is used in a marine environment.); and they can be extremely corrosive to stainless steel. Apart from deposits, contaminationis usually formed by minute particles of rust or iron. If these deposits or contaminations are not cleaned regularly, damages to stainless steel will happen soon.

Maintenance in different Environments

Work environments can also be harmful to stainless steel products, sometimes even more aggressive. As an example, the high moist air in an indoor swimming pool can speed up the corrosion of the stainless steel products, thus more frequent cleaning work is required. Another example, stainless steel products are widely used in food industry. For hygienic purposes, all facilities are cleaned frequently with dedicated cleaners, sterilizers or bleachers. All these solutions can damage the surface of stainless steel products even with minormis-operation. In these types of environments, make sure you always apply the right amount of solutions with the right temperature and concentration.In other extreme cases, solutions with strong acid are used. In this type of situations, no metals are permitted to get in touch with these solutions, including stainless steel.

Routine Maintenance

The objective of routine maintenance is to restore stainless steel products to its original appearance. In most cases, just some warm water and a cloth will do the work, and this is the recommended way of cleaning your stainless steel products – least risky. Gently apply cloth with some warm water, dry with a towel or cloth to avoid water spots. Making sure you are wiping it along the direction of the polish lines for best and most beautiful results. Microfiber cleaning cloth is a great option to use: it absorbs the water and does not scratch the surface. For more powerful result, add a mild detergent to the formula depending on the type of dirt you are trying to remove: i.e. dishwasher detergent for cooking oils.

The frequency of maintenance is quite different among various conditions. For general external application, once a year may be enough; on the other hand, in a strong acid condition, more frequent maintenance schedule will be required. People should find the optimal solution in accordance with actual work environment.

Last Words

After this reading, are you feeling more confident about maintaining your stainless steel products now? Any comments or concerns, please contact us at info@beyondrigging.com. We are a wholesaler for stainless steel products. Thank you for your reading!

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