Best Methods For Cleaning Stainless Steel

PUBLISHED 13 July 2017

One can see stainless steel surfaces in many industries as well as in daily life. So the questions arises which method is best for cleaning stainless steel.

cleaning stainless steel outdoors

Application of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is exactly as it says: stainless. In other words, it does not tarnish or corrode and retains its shine.  It is also prized for its strength under very high and very low temperatures. Therefore, it is used for industrial applications from nuclear installations to factories, through to laboratories. Stainless steel is also used a lot in restaurant kitchens and in surgery rooms. One of the first uses of stainless steel was for cutlery. This was most notably manufactured first in Sheffield, England.

Methods of Cleaning Stainless Steel

So, given its wide use throughout a range of areas and industries, what is the best way of cleaning stainless steel? Due to its stainless properties, this steel is prized for ease of maintenance and its attractive finish. Stainless steel has these properties because it is an alloy containing a percentage of chromium.

Soap and Water

One of the most effective ways to regularly maintain stainless steel is to use a simple detergent. So are soap and water. This will remove any greasy film, which may cause degradation in the surface.

Ammonia and Detergent Solution

A solution of one per cent ammonia dissolved in detergent will also help to remove fingerprints and light soiling. Use of proprietary spray polishes are effective in minimising future remarking.

Stubborn Stains, Light Rust

It is important with stainless steel to avoid abrasive additives as these can cause scoring. For this reason, cream cleansers with added calcium carbonate or citric acid are of particular advantage.

Nylon Abrasive Pads

Nylon abrasive pads are very useful in removing any stubborn deposits on stainless steel such as paint or mud. Used along with warm water or steam they are a very good way to remove most of the surface contaminations.

Oil and Greasy Marks

Constantly touched stainless steel areas are for example a fridge door in a restaurant or hotel kitchen preparation area. There you will be able to use some chemicals to remove stains more successfully. In particular, hydrocarbon solvents such as methylated spirit, isopropyl alcohol or acetone are going to successfully remove oily greasy marks. At the same time, they do not degrade the stainless steel finish. This will return the stainless steel to its original stainless standard.

cleaning stainless steel makes it shiny

Burnt Food

Stainless steel implements such as cooker trays can collect the remains of spillages and burnt carbonated food. Sometimes you can remove the items and soak them in hot water and detergent. This softens any deposits. Use of a nylon brush and specially formulated calcium carbonated scouring cream can help to scrub away any remaining deposits. This will rebuild the stainless-steel finish.

Cleaning Stainless Steel for a Liftime Durability

Thanks to these cleaning methods, also the appealing stainless steel sections of Montanstahl will last forever. No matter whether they are hot rolled profiles for a canopy, laser welded profiles for a curtain wall or a cold rolled special stainless steel profiles for decorative purposes – regular maintenance will ensure their nice design and preserve the surface finish.

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