Stainless steel can stand against time, thanks to a thin film on it that serves as a barrier against dirt. This film is composed of chromium oxide, also responsible for the unique property of it being “stainless” – the overall look and the fact that it is able to reconstruct itself when faced against “stains.”
However, every hero has its downfall, like Superman its kryptonite. Stainless steel are vulnerable to rust and corrosives which thankfully are avoidable just by following these tips:
- Regularly clean anything in your house that has stainless steel especially after in contact with foreign liquids. A simple act of rinsing with water and drying it with cloth will do. For example, removing thin dirt and fingerprints on your stainless steel railing will keep its appeal, activemetal.com.au suggests, while also rinsing and wiping it dry after the rain.
- Better yet, clean them with mild soap and water at least once in a while. This will further remove any dirt that may have accumulated in the film. As much as possible, do not use abrasive sponges. It is also important to note that whatever solution you use to clean stainless steel equipment must be free of chlorides.
- Regularly check your equipment. Most pitting come from small discoloration of the steel. When this happens, clean more often to remove any chemical accumulation on the surface. There are mild solutions available in the market for cases like this. Use them together with a brush. Brush the stain off through the pattern of the stainless steel.
- When you have a little money to spare, there are products available like wax which you may apply on the surface especially when the equipment is for outside use for as long as the product does not contain chlorides.
It can never hurt to take a little maintenance into your hands for as long as you know what you are doing.