Cleaning and maintenance of stainless steel

Stainless steel is known for its ability to be a clean surface that resists corrosion and rust, and therefore has a long term high quality appearance.

Dirt and dust put stainless steel at risk of corrosion and rust. Luckily, stainless steel responds well to cleaning.

The most common damage to Stainless Steel is called “Tea Staining”.

This is the term for discolouration caused by non-structural surface rusting that can appear on the Stainless Steel surface due to the breakdown of the chromium oxide layer. It can be easily cleaned by using a passivating deoxidising gel or solution.

It is very easy to prevent Corrosion & Tea Staining by regularly following these Easy Cleaning Solution steps:

1. Water and a cloth

Routine cleaning using warm water and a cloth.

Dry with a second dry towel or cloth to prevent water spots.

Wipe in the directions of the polish lines.

2. Mild detergent, (dish washing liquid) and cloth

For cleaning that needs more power, mild detergent and warm water can do a great job without damaging the stainless steel.

Make sure you rinse the surface thoroughly to prevent staining and spotting.

Towel dry to prevent water spots which can be caused by minerals in water.

3. Glass cleaner for fingerprints

Fingerprints are one of the biggest complaints for stainless steel.

However they can be taken care of easily by using a glass cleaner.

Rinse thoroughly and towel dry.

4. Stainless Steel Cleaner

If your stainless steel is badly stained or scratched, or you need to polish your stainless steel, a stainless steel cleaner may be a good option.

Some of these cleaners and polishes can help minimize scratching and remove stains.

They also can polish stainless steel surfaces nicely.

Make sure to read the directions on the stainless steel cleaner first and test in an inconspicuous spot.

Be sure to rinse thoroughly and towel dry.

Download these useful Stainless Steel Maintenance and Cleaning Tips (PDF) 


PLEASE NOTE: Do not use abrasive cleaners that will scratch the surface. Do not use cleaners containing chlorine. Do not forget to rinse. Do not use steel wool or steel brushes.