Although stainless steel keeps its lustrous finish even under adverse conditions, it still needs regular cleaning. Soap and water is always all you need.

  Frequency of cleaning will vary according to the required appearance and environment. This is best determined by varying the cleaning cycle until a suitable programme is established. Patterned or textured finishes are useful for heavy traffic areas because they do not highlight finger marks, scatches, dents, etc. In industrial applications, regular inspections should establish the material condition and ensure that the buildup, likely to cause crevices, is removed. If rust staining is noted (tea staining), or corrosion is suspected, closer inspection should be undertaken to determine the nature, cause and severity of the problem. Normally cleaning and passivation can prevent further attack. Vessels not in use should be completely emptied, and if necessary residual pools of liquid sponged-up. This precaution prevents concentrating salts by evaporation. Failure to perform this task may lead to corrosive attack.


  • Wash regularly with soapy water or detergent using a clea cloth and, if necessary, a soft bristle brush, mirco-fibre cloth or a 3M high performance cleaning cloth. bottle of Stainless Sentry Oil , and an information card on the care of your stainless.

  • Remove non-washable deposits using an approved cleaner.

  • Clean in one direction only, along the original polish lines, with the grain of the stainless steel.

  • Rinse well with clean water and wipe dry.


  • Use steel wool or metallic scrapers to remove non-washable deposits. This is very important

  because the particles from the steel wool can scratch your stainless and cause inset rusting.

  • Allow dirt to accumulate or dry out and harden.

  • Use cleaners containing harsh abrasives or high in bleach.

  Cleaning of Your Stainless Steel

  For rust or tea stain affected stainless steel it is recommended that a specialised cleaner be used.

  Protection is always better than cure so we recommend a thin coating of Stainless Steel Sentry Oil or

  a liberal coating of car wax be applied to your wires every 6 months. This prevents a build up of dirt in the twists of the wires and tea staining.