Product Care & Maintenance
Stainless steel is a common chromium-nickel alloy steel used in thousands of products from ocean-going craft to tableware. A protective chromium oxide film forms on its surface, which gives stainless steel its superior corrosion resistant properties. When properly maintained, stainless steel maintains its excellent luster, strength and durability, and in most applications, will not rust, corrode or stain, even after many years of service.
However, stainless steel is NOT stain or rust proof if not properly maintained. When in contact with calcium chloride, chloride salts, sulfides or other rusting metals, stainless steel can discolour, rust or even corrode!
Proper care and maintenance of stainless steel in marine environments, polluted surroundings, salted highways or other situations where stainless steel may be exposed to corrosive elements, will keep your stainless steel products beautiful and functional for years to come!
- Always clean stainless steel frequently with soap and water. Any cleaner safe for glass is usually safe for stainless steel. Keeping it clean and free of pollutants will extend the luster and beauty of the product.
- Always remove any surface rust spost as soon as possible with a brass, silver or chrome cleaner. Irreversible pitting will develop under rust that remains on stainless steel for any period of time. Always and frequently use a cleaner, like good car wax, for added beauty and protection. Never use coarse abrasives like sandpaper or steel wool on stainless steel. This may cause or lead to rusting.
- Never clean stainless steel with mineral acids or bleaches.
- Never leave stainless steel in contact with iron, steel or other metals which cause contamination leading to rust or corrosion.
Polish for Stainless Steel Products
An ideal product for cleaning and polishing of stainless steel automotive products is Eagle One Nevr-Dull Wadding Polish or Autosol Metal Polish. This product should be available at many auto parts outlets throughout Canada and the US. Always follow the instructions of Eagle One Industries when using their product.