Care & cleaning instructions for products made of Stainless Steel
Care & cleaning instructions for products made of Stainless Steel

Care & cleaning instructions for products made of Stainless Steel

In our assortment, you will find a wide range of products that are made of stainless steel. For example, handles, knobs, hooks, and several different bathroom accessories! Stainless steel is a solid material, which is resistant to stains, rust, and corrosion. However, there may be changes in the material that needs care. Therefore, we will give tips on how to clean your stainless steel products in the best way, so that they stay nice, even longer!

  
Prevention:

- To prevent and manage the appearance of rust on your products, we recommend that you take into account the presence of moisture, air pollutants of, for example, soot, sulfur oxide, or saltwater when choosing a location for your new stainless steel parts.

- When mounting, use screws of the same stainless steel quality as the product. All associated screws shipped with our products are of the same stainless quality.

- To prevent the products from being sanded, scratches, or other undesirable effects, we recommend disposing of the cleaning agent. Ordinary water to moisten a cloth which is then twisted out works best.

-To reduce the risk of galvanic corrosion between stainless and non-alloy steel components, electrical insulation can be used in places where the products are exposed to moisture and moisture. Corrosion is an unintentional or undesirable attack on the metal. What happens is a chemical reaction between the environment and the surface of the product.

- When assembling, use clean tools that are free from residues of ordinary unalloyed steel (commercial steel or carbon steel) in the form of chips and iron particles.

- Skip the use of steel brushes and steel wool made of non-alloy steel.

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 Avoid steel blasting with ordinary steel sand or ordinary sand.



How do rust and stains on stainless steel occur?

You're probably wondering why stainless steel rusts and there is no straight answer, but there are a few different reasons that affect, which are the following:

- If the products are placed in environments where they are exposed to air pollutants, saline solutions, or spaces where the chlorine content is very high.

- If the product has a rough surface finish that allows corrosive substances to take hold. Corrosive substances can be found in plug solvents and toilet cleaners, among other things. Corrosion can occur in environments where the stainless steel is exposed to air and water. Corrosion is a way for the metal to get rid of the corrosive substances that have attacked, this is what we call rust

- Products made of stainless steel are placed in pockets or recesses with narrow gaps that keep the moisture.

- If the fastening element, the screw is made of ordinary steel or has direct contact with non-alloy steel.



How to remove stains and discolorations?

If the stainless steel product still manages to get stains or discolorations that cannot be washed off with a wrung-out cloth, we recommend the following cleaning methods:

- Wash the product with alcohol, such as thinner or acetone. Then rinse thoroughly with cold water and wipe with a clean cloth or towel to allow the product to dry thoroughly.

- Wash the product with organic solvents, such as white spirit or thinner, then wash with soap and cold water, rinse thoroughly with cold water. Then wipe the product with a clean cloth or towel so that the product is completely dry.

- Use a mild abrasive detergent, such as scouring powder. If the product has a visible surface structure, we recommend rubbing in the same direction, then rinse with clean, cold water and wipe the product with a clean cloth or towel so that the product is thoroughly dry.

- Use 10% phosphoric acid solution, then rinse with dilute ammonia solution, then once more but with clean, cold water. Phosphoric acid is usually bought 80-85%, so you need to dilute the acid with water until you have the desired percentage solution. Then wipe the product with a clean cloth or towel to allow the product to dry thoroughly.

- Rub a little light with a Scotch-Brite sponge, a cleaning sponge that is soft on one side and slightly tougher on the other. Therefore, follow any visible surface structure. Then rinse with cold clean water and wipe the product with a clean cloth or towel so that the product is thoroughly dry.




In other words, stainless steel is an iron alloy that has a good ability to withstand attacks from the atmosphere, water, and solutions of, for example, salts and alkalis, but should stains and discolorations still occur, it is usually possible to remove them with the above tips. A rule of thumb is, avoid hot water as this can start a chemical reaction on the product, cold water is therefore always preferable.


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