Kitchen Care Tips: Stainless Steel Care

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Stainless Steel Care 


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While stainless steel is not typically considered a metal that rusts, it can happen. Corrosion on metals, such as iron and steel happens because they are "active", meaning they actively corrode due to oxidation in the metal. Stainless steel is a 4 passive metal which contains other metals, such as chromium, which forms a protective layer that shields it from rust. It is when the passivity layer is broken that the stainless steel becomes susceptible to rust. Glass cleaners are highly caustic and will eat holes in stainless steel unless thoroughly dissolved in water.


Caution 

Do not use Bleach


  1. Do not pour bleach into the drain to sanitize drain lines. 
  2. Never put chemicals into an empty tank. Fill the tank with warm water first, then add tablet form of glass cleaner which has been dissolved in a warm glass of water, and mix at once. 
  3. Do not under any circumstances use sink bowl to bleach bar towels. It is important to flush all tanks immediately after draining.
  4. The capacity of sink bowl is 5 gallons.


What to Avoid and Why to Avoid  it


  1. Chloride-based cleaners: Chlorine and bleach will cause pin holes to develop
  2. Sharp objects: The sharp edge may puncture the surface
  3. Onion/Olive Juice: A chemical galvanic reaction transfers the metal, causing pin holes
  4. Scouring pads: These are abrasive and will scratch the surface
  5. Hard water: May leave spots, deposits, that will break down the stainless steel 



Recommended Cleaners for Stainless Steel 

Type of Situation
Recommended Cleaning Agent
Routine cleaning, grease/oil
Gentle soaps, mild ammonia, detergent
Smudges and fingerprints
3M Stainless Steel Cleaner, Arca! 20, Lac-0-Nu, Lumin
Stubborn stains & discoloration
Allchem Concentrated Cleaner, Cameo, Talc, Zud. First impression
Restoration
Benefit, Super Sheen 


How to maintain? 

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  1. Only use dry or damp soft cloths and sponges
  2. Always clean and polish in the direction of the polish lines on the stainless steel. Be sure to properly and thoroughly rinse with fresh soft water to remove any particles and dry immediately. Restore the stainless steel regularly to keep the passivity intact, which will avoid rusting and corrosion. 



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