Stainless steel is used widely across a number of industries and for a huge variety of purposes. It is widely regarded as one of the toughest and most resistant metals out there, which is why it is a popular choice in both manufacturing and construction.
Though as durable as it is, stainless steel does take gradual damage from a number of sources, especially when it is placed outdoors. That doesn’t mean that you should leave it to degrade over time.
With a little bit of preventative maintenance, you can keep your stainless steel structures and objects in top condition, with relative ease. Here are a few ways, recommended by stainless steel manufacturers, that can help you to do just that.
Only Clean it With the Proper Tools
Cleaning is a huge part of maintenance when it comes to steel, but it must be done correctly, and using the proper tools. When cleaning stainless steel, it is best to use non-abrasive tools like soft cloths. Stainless steel pads can also be sourced as the ideal tool for cleaning steel.
Scrub it Along the Grain
Even with the right tools, you’ll need to go about the task of cleaning properly. Always remember, when polishing stainless steel, to polish along any visible brush lines you may see. When you cannot see any grain, it is best to use a soft cloth or even a plastic scouring pad for a smooth finish without any scuffs.
Don’t Use Chloride-Based Cleaners
The best cleaning substances for steel are alkaline or alkaline chlorinated, since they do no damage to the steel and in fact, protect it from the onset of rust.
Using chloride based-cleaners on the other hand, will facilitate the onset and spread of rust, which will quickly lower the integrity of the steel.
To further reduce the risk of rust, be sure to thoroughly dry the steel immediately after it has been cleaned.
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