Maintenance of Stainless Steel / Cleaning Technique’s
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1. Water and a cloth
Routine cleaning can be accomplished by using warm water and a cloth. This is the least risky option for cleaning stainless steel handrails. Dry with a towel or cloth to prevent water spots. Wipe in the direction of the polish lines.
To keep stainless steel at its best it must be cleaned thoroughly every 3 months however in harsh or coastal environments DioMet recommend cleaning every month.
2. Glass cleaner for fingerprints
Fingerprints are one of the biggest complaints about stainless steel handrails and parts, but can be taken care by using glass cleaner. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
3. Stainless Steel Cleaner
If the handrails have had staining or scratching, or you need to polish your stainless steel balustrade, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option. Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains. Read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner and test in an inconspicuous spot. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry.
Stainless steel depends on its passive layer for its corrosion resistance. This is a very thin chromium oxide layer formed on its surface when chromium is present at 10.5% or above. The underlying metal is not corrosion resistant. The passive layer forms spontaneously on a clean surface but can be damaged by iron contamination, airborne particles and particularly chlorides.
Therefore it is imperative that stainless steeel is subject to an ongoing maintenance and cleaning program. Remember it is stainLESS, not stainFREE.
DioMet recommend a routine cleaning programme for stainless steel every 2-3 months however some harsh environments would require more regular cleaning such as coastal / high salt areas.
There are a number of products on the market designed to clean stainless steel and keep it looking at its best.
Maintenance of Powder Coating to Steelwork
Should the Powder coat finish be damaged then it can be repaired by lightly sanding the affected area.
Primer paint with a propriety grey acrylic primer. If the area is chipped then a two pack epoxy filler can be used (again sand back and prime).
Using an acrylic aerosol spray the affected area can be sprayed to restore the original colour.
Blend in by buffing with ‘T’ cut and final polish with a proprietary car wax.
Maintenance of Glass
The glass requires no maintenance other than regular cleaning.
Using a proprietary glass cleaner always follow the manufacturers instructions.
Do not use abrasives.
In the unlikely event of a breakage contact the installer for advice or the supplier for a replacement.