Retaining the attractive finish of stainless steel is easy with a few simple maintenance steps. When maintained properly, stainless steel will retain its visual appeal and structural integrity in a wide range of applications and environments.
Novas Stainless Steel products are designed to be durable, low maintenance, highly resistant to corrosion and easily maintained resulting in a high quality, pleasing appearance.
Stainless Steel is best cleaned using a mild detergent and a soft cloth, after washing, rinse in clean, cold water and wipe the surface dry with a soft absorbent cloth. Drying afterwards ensures there are no streaky marks left on the surface.
Stainless steel looks best if its cleaned regularly and correctly which prevents stubborn stains building up. The level of cleaning and maintenance depends primarily on its environment where the products is situated.
When Stainless steel is located in a coastal environment, tea staining of surface can occur, tea staining is discolouration of the surface of stainless steel by corrosion. It is a cosmetic issue that does not affect the structural integrity or the lifetime of the material. Tea staining occurs most commonly within about five kilometres of the surf and becomes progressively worse closer to the marine source.
Regular washing also removes deposits (such as salt) that can cause corrosion. In these instances, it is recommended that cleaning is performed fortnightly.
Dirt, grease and fingerprints can accumulate from many sources. These can be removed by routine cleaning using a mild detergent and a soft cloth. After washing, rinse in clean, cold water and wipe the surface dry with soft absorbent cloth. Drying afterwards ensures there are no streaky marks left on the surface. If a mild detergent or dishwashing liquid doesn’t shift unsightly stains/finger marks, then wipe over with glass cleaner on a soft cloth. You can also use a small amount of alcohol, methylated spirits, acetone or mineral turpentine. Then rinse with clean water and dry. You can give longer protection to high traffic areas by lightly rubbing with olive oil or baby oil followed by a polish and shine using a soft cloth.
In most exterior environment normal rain washing is sufficient, but in more polluted or coastal regions the surface will require regular washing to retain its pristine condition. (see above in sea side for more details) Discolouration or a tea staining effect most commonly occurs within 5 kilometres of the coast and becomes progressively worse closer to the water. For rust or tougher stains apply a cream cleanser with a soft damp cloth, rub gently then rinse with clean cold water. Dry with an absorbent soft cloth.
It is important to know that Stainless Steel can be scratched so it is important to be aware that harsh abrasives, steel wool or plastic scourers must NEVER be used. Cloths used to rub over the stainless steel must be free of grit or chemicals and always avoid vigorous rubbing.
Strong mineral acids such as hydrochloric, hydrofluoric or bleach should never be permitted to come in contact with Stainless Steel. If this should happen, the solution must be washed off immediately with plenty of water.
Never use oil based commercial cleaners as the residual oil film can result in an unwanted iridescent colour on Stainless Steel.