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Stainless Steel Cleaning Methods & Recommendations

Stainless Steel Cleaning Methods & Recommendations

While stainless steel is a highly-durable material, there are a few simple tips to keeping it clean and in tip-top condition. Well maintained stainless steel will last for decades.

General Cleaning Methods

1. Polish or brush with the grain of the stainless steel.
This will help to diminish marks or scratches.

2. Day to Day Cleaning  – mild detergent and cloth or soft brush
(no bleach). Make sure you rinse with clean water and wipe the surface dry. Harsh bleaches can permanently ruin any stainless steel surface. Detergent is fine. Specialist stainless steel cleaners are fine, but largely unnecessary.

3. Deep Clean – for a really intense clean, us methylated spirits or turpentine and then rinse with clean water and dry. Follow up with light rub of olive oil and polish with soft cloth.

4. Tea and Coffee Stains – Soak the affected area with boiling water and baking powder. Then rinse with fresh water and dry.

5. Rust Marks – We recommend using a proprietary stainless steel cleaner (such as a phosphoric acid).  Please handle with care and ensure you rinse with clean water and dry carefully.

6. Limescale – Soak in boiling water with 25% vinegar solution, rinse well with baking powder solution and then rinse with clean water.

7.  Paint – Paint stripper or turpentine, with nylon brush. Rinse well with fresh water and dry.

General Tips:

DON’T use concentrated bleach, hydrochloric acid or any cleaning chemical that has Chlorine. Chlorine is a corrosive chemical for all types of stainless steel.

DON’T scrub against the grain of the steel.

DO not use steel wool brushes or scourers which have been used on ordinary steel as these will damage the stainless surface and allow rust to form.

DO use a soft cloth and follow these guidelines for years of great stainless steel!

Any questions give our team a call on 1300 272 926

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Cleaning & Disinfection of Stainless Steel For Covid19

Cleaning & Disinfection of Stainless Steel For Covid19

Covid19 have bought many extra restrictions for the hospitality industry. As we return to some level of
normalcy within our industry here are a few key points to remember when you are cleaning your stainless steel.

It’s important to clean before disinfecting because organic matter and dirt can reduce the ability of disinfectants to kill germs. A combination of both will be most effective in preventing spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Cleaning and disinfecting are two different processes:
Cleaning means physically removing germs, dirt and organic matter from surfaces.
Disinfecting means using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.

1. General Cleaning Methods

Mild detergent and hot water are the most effective day to day cleaning method for stainless steel.
Remember to polish or wipe with the grain of your bench top to help diminish marks or scratches.

2. Disinfecting

Only alcohol disinfectants can be used on stainless steel. Alcohol-based disinfecting solutions should be at least 70% alcohol and can be used to clean a variety of surfaces such as things like table surfaces,
light switches, and mobile phones.
When disinfecting, special attention should be given to frequently touched surfaces and objects such as handles and bench edges.

Do Not Use Bleach on Stainless Steel

Harsh bleaches can permanently ruin any stainless steel surface.
Bleach is often a go-to for disinfecting stainless steel appliances. However, this can stain or corrode the material, as well as quaternary ammonium compounds and oxygen bleach. Please check the list of ingredients, to ensure that bleach is not listed as one of the ingredients.

Some General Points to Note

The virus is highly contagious and it is important to make sure that frequently touched objects are cleaned properly to prevent the spread. Frequently touched objects can vary by location, for example, light switches, doorknobs, handrails, kitchen appliances, tables, drawer pulls, sinks, handles, elevator buttons, keys, and remote controls. Your staff should follow existing procedures for using gloves or other personal protective equipment (PPE). Post cleaning, the gloves should be discarded.

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