Stainless steel is not stain-free, but it does stain less than carbon steel does
With this in mind here’s some information to help keep your stainless items looking great, even in harsh environments. click here for more information on the care and maintenance of stainless steel
Oil-based cleaning products will generally clean well, but leave an oily film which streaks when touched. Water-based products can clean just as well and don’t leave a film. For the streaking reason above, wiping oil on clean stainless steel to make it shiny is usually not a good idea
The selection of appropriate products to use for particular cleaning tasks can be summarised as follows:
• For daily wiping down of kitchen, laundry or bathroom benchtops etc a hot soapy cloth is often enough to shift most cooking oil, soap, grease or food particles, etc - or use a good quality water-based glass cleaner to add a shine to your clean stainless
• In situations where tea staining is present on the stainless steel surface we recommend the use of Quickleen-S. This is easy to use and comes in a variety of convenient sized packages. It's also non-toxic
• For a polished shine we recommend Cyndan Stainless Steel Polish
Removal of tea staining
Prevention of future tea staining
Cyndan Stainless Steel Polish
400g aerosol can
OPM Quickleen - Quickleen-S
Tea staining is the initial stage of the oxidisation process in stainless steel. It's chemically quite different to rust.
In coastal areas the main contaminant that causes tea staining is salt, although chlorine from swimming pools is another major cause.
By hosing outdoor areas every week or so with clean water the effects of tea staining are greatly reduced, but if stainless surfaces aren't rinsed or cleaned periodically they'll begin to show brown marks or stains, particularly in corners and crevices.
Leaving these marks untreated for long periods will eventually lead to pitting on the surface. This should be avoided if possible as it relates directly to the structural integrity of the parent metal.
According to the manufacturer this product is 11 times more powerful than caustic soda yet it's safe to use and surprisingly contains no phosphorous | it requires no gloves, it's safe to touch | there are no fumes given off during or after use | easy wipe on, wipe off usage | cleans stainless steel, copper, brass, silver, aluminium, tiles and ceramics | cuts through grease | sanitises | kills mould, mildew, bacteria and other allergy-causing pathogens
Cyndan - Stainless Steel Polish
Tea staining can be prevented or at least slowed down by periodic cleaning and the application of products which act as a barrier against contamination
Please note there are numerous products available commercially that claim to provide a permanent protective coating against contamination - none of them have so far been endorsed by the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA), and can cause more problems than they solve
Contains a unique blend of ingredients for the total maintenance of all grades of polished stainless steel | Removes oils, watermarks, finger marks and cover scratches | Perfect for the maintenance of lift doors and stainless steel kitchen cabinets | May greatly improve the appearance of acid-damaged stainless steel urinals