Listed below are some helpful hints to assist in the design, planning or maintenance of your stainless steel products. Should you require any further information please don't hesitate to contact us with your inquiry.

 

Choice of material grade.

  • For most domestic and commercial grade situations standard 304 grade stainless steel is sufficient for all balustrade, bench tops, furniture etc.

  • In any marine environment or environment where salt spray or mist can encounter your stainless steel product it is advised to use 316 marine grade mirror finish stainless steel.

 

Choice of material finish.

There are two main surface finishes on stainless steel products.

 

     

    • Satin finish (example) - This is the most commonly available material used domestically and has a grain running the length of the sheet. This finish is also called No: 4, brushed or linish finish and is commonly found on domestic cook tops, fridges, internal handrails and commercial kitchen decks and equipment.

    • Mirror finish (example) - This finish gives additional protection in marine environments and is also known as No: 8 or bright polish finish. This finish is also used for fine furniture or decorative work that requires that extra impact that the mirror finish gives.

     

Tea Staining.

Even though Stainless Steel has an enviable reputation as an extremely durable material, its surface can still become discoloured over time. Known as “Tea Staining”this discolouration does not affect the structural integrity of the metal and is normally caused from excessive salt deposits on external stainless steel applications. These salt deposits can registered within 5 kilometres from a surf beach and 1 kilometre from a still water marine environment.

Periodic cleaning with soap or mild neutral detergent and warm water, followed by a rinse with clean cold water is recommended to maintain your external stainless steel in peak condition.
 

Do’s and Don’ts of Stainless Steel Products

  • Never use steel wool on any stainless steel surface as it will scratch the surface and will leave behind carbon steel fragments which will later rust the surface.
  • Do not use concentrated bleach or hydrochloric acid based cleaners on or around your stainless steel products. Be especially careful with tile and grout cleaners.
  • Do not lean carbon steel items against the stainless steel as it will cause contamination leading to rust spots.
  • Never use any abrasive scourers on mirror finish stainless steel.
  • When using any cleaning product for the first time always test in a discreet place first.
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