Cleaning and Maintenance of Your Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is easy to clean. Washing with soap or a mild detergent and warm water followed by a clean water rinse is usually quite adequate for domestic and architectural equipment.
An enhanced appearance will be achieved if the cleaned surface is finally wiped dry.
NEVER USE STEEL WOOL OR OTHER HARSH ABRASIVES AND SCOURERS TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL - THIS WILL SCRATCH THE STAINLESS STEEL, MARKING THE LOCAL AREAS AND GIVE A DULL APPEARANCE!
Methods of Cleaning Stainless Steel
|Soap or mild detergent and|
water, (preferably warm).
|Sponge, rinse with clean water, wipe dry if necessary.|
Follow polish lines.
|Soap and warm water or organic solvent (eg. acetone, alcohol, methylated spirits).||Rinse with clean water and wipe dry. Follow polish lines.|
|Stubborn Stains and Discolouration,|
|Mild cleaning solutions, eg. Jif, tooth paste, speciality stainless steel cleaners.||Use rag, sponge or fibre brush (soft nylon or natural bristle. (An old toothbrush can be useful). Rinse well with clean water and wipe dry. Follow polish lines.|
|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 (eg. acetone, alcohol, methylated spirits, proprietary "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.|
|Routine Cleaning of Boat Fittings.||Frequent washing down with fresh water.||Washing is recommended after each time the boat is used in salt water.|